Movies in Australia are classified using one of five classification icons, plus additional consumer advice.
This information provides a guide to determine the suitability of certain movies to audiences, and is particularly useful for parents when selecting movies appropriate for all ages of members of their family.
Movies that are rated MA 15+ or R 18+ are legally restricted to persons over 15 and 18 years respectively. It is a legal requirement that cinemas do not permit entry to persons under these ages. Photo ID may be required to purchase tickets for an MA 15+ or R 18+ movie, and may need to be provided on request upon entry in to the theatre.
G - General Suitable for all audiences. G rated movies are suitable for all ages, and often are targeted towards families with young children.
PG - Parental guidance recommended Parental guidance is recommended for persons under 15 years of age. PG movies are suited to families with older children, as some scenes may frighten younger children. Themes of PG movies may start to get more adult, yet the movie's content remains family-friendly.
M - Recommended for mature audiences Some content in M rated movies may not be suitable for audiences under 15 years of age. There are no restrictions on audience members to an M rated movie, however it is advised that parents or guardians approve of the movie prior to purchasing tickets.
MA 15+ - Not suitable for people under 15. Under 15s must be accompanies by a parent or adult guardian MA 15+ rated movies are restricted to persons over 15 years of age. Photo ID may be required to purchase tickets to an MA 15+ rated movie. Content in MA 15+ movies is of adult nature, and may include strong violence and adult language. Entry is permitted to persons under 15 years when accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
R 18+ - Restricted to 18 and over R 18+ rated movies are restricted to adults over 18 years of age. Photo ID may be required to purchase tickets to an R 18+ rated movie. Content is adult in nature, and is not suitable for children or teenagers under 18 years of age.
CTC - Check the classification closer to the release date Movies that have not yet been classified are marked as "CTC" or "Check the Classification". New release movies sometimes may not be classified until only a few days prior to their release. Contact the Box Office if you have any enquires regarding CTC movies.
Exempt from Classification Some films may be defined as exempt from classification where they fit in to strict pre-defined classification guidelines. If you have any queries regarding a film that is exempt from classification, contact the Box Office for further details.
Movies that are marked as "Coming Soon" may not have their classification information available until closer to the movie's release date, sometimes only a few days prior to the movie's release date. If you have any concerns regarding the CTC marking on a movie, contact the Box Office on (08) 8523 1633.
Further information on classifications and classification advice for Australia can be found on the Australian Government's Classification Website.