Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993

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  • This version was republished on 25 August 2022 to correct a typographical error in section 131(5)(f).
3A Publication may be age-restricted if it contains highly offensive language likely to cause serious harm


A publication to which subsection (2) applies may be classified as a restricted publication under section 23(2)(c)(i).


This subsection applies to a publication that contains highly offensive language to such an extent or degree that the availability of the publication would be likely, if not restricted to persons who have attained a specified age, to cause serious harm to persons under that age.


In this section, highly offensive language means language that is highly offensive to the public in general.

Section 3A: inserted, on 22 February 2005, by section 5 of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 2).