All films supplied to the public must be submitted to the Labelling Body.
The Labelling Body:
Labels can only be affixed to films once they have been rated or classified.
How the Labelling Body rates films
The Labelling Body can rate a film and issue a label if:
The film has been previously rated or classified in New Zealand prior to the creation of the Classification Office. If so, the Labelling Body can assign an equivalent label under the current Act.
The film has been given an unrestricted rating by the Australian OFLC or UK BBFC. On viewing the film, the Labelling Body assesses the content as unrestricted.
The Labelling Body will submit a film to the Classification Office if:
The Labelling Body acts as the agent for distributors when films are submitted to the Office of Film & Literature Classification. Questions about films in the process of being classified should be addressed to the Labelling Body rather than the Office.
This FLOWCHART illustrates the process that the Labelling Body must follow.
The Classification Office is responsible for classifying all films submitted to it.
Films can be submitted to the Classification Office by:
The Classification Office can ban or restrict the availability of a film, impose display conditions on a restricted publication, or assign it an unrestricted classification. Restrictions imposed by the Classification Office are legally enforceable.