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Video product (DVD, Blu-ray and VHS) by classification, as a percentage of total video titles classified, 1992/93–2008/09

Most audiovisual content, whether made locally or overseas, must be classified by the Classification Board of the Classification Board and Classification Review Board (formerly the Office of Film and Literature Classification) before it can be sold, hired or shown publicly in Australia. The data does not necessarily reflect the numbers of titles released, but rather shows titles submitted for classification.

  G PG M15+ MA15+ R18+ X18+ RC Total no.
1992/93 36% 12% 16% 0% 7% 24% 4% 3,851
1993/94 34% 14% 15% 3% 9% 23% 3% 3,253
1994/95 35% 17% 16% 5% 8% 18% 1% 2,970
1995/96 32% 14% 17% 4% 7% 24% 2% 3,233
1996/97 22% 9% 14% 5% 5% 42% 2% 3,811
1997/98 22% 10% 14% 5% 7% 39% 1% 3,087
1998/99 23% 15% 18% 8% 3% 32% 1% 2,536
1999/00 24% 11% 18% 8% 4% 32% 2% 2,747
2000/01 18% 14% 21% 9% 4% 33% 3% 2,852
2001/02 23% 16% 27% 9% 5% 19% <1% 2,788
2002/03 19% 17% 33% 12% 6% 12% <1% 2,727
2003/04 16% 19% 32% 11% 5% 16% <1% 3,961
2004/05 17% 23% 29% 10% 5% 15% <1% 5,988
2005/06 18% 25% 30% 10% 4% 13% <1% 6,516
2006/07 12% 22% 33% 13% 4% 16% 1% 4,555
2007/08 13% 22% 29% 14% 4% 17% 1% 4,673
2008/09 14% 21% 28% 14% 4% 16% 1% 4,377

Source: Classification Board and Classification Review Board (formerly the Office of Film and Literature Classification) annual reports.

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding

Classification categories:
G, PG and M are advisory categories; MA, R and X are legally restricted.
G General (suitable for all ages)
PG Parental Guidance (recommended for persons under 15 years)
M15+ Mature (recommended for mature audiences 15 years and over)
MA15+ Mature Accompanied (restrictions apply to persons under the age of 15)
R18+ Restricted (to adults 18 years and over)
X18+ Contains sexually explicit materials (restricted to adults 18 years and over. Available only on video, and only in the ACT and Northern Territory)
RC Refused classification

 

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