Office of Film and Literature Classification (Australia)
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Office of Film and Literature Classification (Australia)

Government Agency
Agency nameOffice of Film and Literature Classification
Agency overview
Superseding agencyAttorney-General's Department
Australian Classification Board
Australian Classification Review Board
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Operational structure
Robert McClelland, Attorney-General
Parent agencyAttorney-General's Department
Child agencyClassification Board
Classification Review Board

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The Office of Film and Literature Classification is a defunct statutory censorship and classification body overseen by the Australian Government which included: the Classification Board which classified films, video games and publications for exhibition, sale or hire in Australia; the Classification Review Board which reviewed previously classified films, computer games and publications on appeal; and administrative staff who provided day to day support for the two Boards under the control of the Director of the Classification Board.

In February 2006 Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced that the policy and administrative functions of the OFLC would become part of the Attorney-General’s Department, and, while the Classification Board and Classification Review Board would continue to make classification decisions, they would be serviced from the Attorney-General’s Department.

The Australian Classification Board is now the current orginisation within Australia that classifies films, computer games and literature.

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Previous video game ratings :
  G8+ - General for children over 8 years of age: Material classified G8+ may contain material which some children find confusing or upsetting, and may require the guidance of parents or guardians. It is not recommended for viewing by people under 8 without guidance from parents or guardians. This rating has since been changed to PG.
  M - Mature: Despite the title, material classified M15+ is not recommended for people under 15 years of age. Nonetheless, there are still no legal restrictions on access. This rating has since been changed to M to prevent confusion with the stronger MA15+ classification.
  MA15+ - Mature Audiences (Restricted): Material classified MA15+ is considered unsuitable for people under 15 years of age. It is a legally restricted category. People under the age of 15 are not allowed to purchase or hire unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Video game classifications and controversies

Computer and
video game law
Family Entertainment Protection Act * Truth in Video Game Rating Act * Video Game Decency Act * Video Recordings Act 1984 * California Assembly Bills 1792 & 1793 * Law 3037/2002
Game content
rating boards
Active Department of Justice, Rating, Titles and Qualification (Brazil) * Entertainment Software Rating Board * Game Rating Board * PEGI * TIGRS * Computer Entertainment Rating Organization * Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle * National Coalition Against Censorship * Valtion elokuvatarkastamo * British Board of Film Classification * Office of Film and Literature Classification (Australia) * Office of Film and Literature Classification (New Zealand) * ICRA * Computer Software Rating Regulation (Taiwan)
James v. Meow Media * Strickland v. Sony * Entertainment Software Association v. Foti
Evan Bayh * Fred Upton * Herb Kohl * Hillary Rodham Clinton * Jack Thompson * Joe Lieberman * Julia Boseman * Michael Atkinson * Keith Vaz * Leland Yee * Rick Santorum * Sam Brownback * Tim Johnson
Eroge * Adult video game * First-person shooter * Nonviolent video game * Survival horror

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