Why do movies have ratings?
Generally, films must be classified by the Classification Board or Classification Review Board before they can be publicly exhibited in Australia. A film can only be exhibited in the form and under the same title that it was classified.
Some films may be assessed as being exempt from classification, if they meet certain criteria.
Films that are granted approval to be screened as part of a film festival do not need to be classified.
Films that are imported into Australia must be classified before you can show them as classifications or ratings from overseas do not apply in Australia.