Classification Board

The National Classification Board is currently seeking new board members, senior classifiers and a deputy director. The Board classifies every film and computer game in Australia before it is legally available by giving it a rating such as G, PG, M etc. The Australian Sex Party is encouraging members of the porn industry to apply. No formal qualifications are required to become a member of the Classification Board. According to the application form, members reflect the diversity of opinion and values in the community. A broad life experience and experience with children will be highly regarded. Applications need to be in by Mar 1, 2010.

Meanwhile the ACL reports that there was a fascinating exchange between Senator Guy Barnett and Donald McDonald, the Director of the Classification Board, at Senate Estimates in early Feb. According to McDonald the board had issued call-in notices for 36 porn magazines and 440 adult films between July-Dec 2009 because they breached classification laws. Not one of the publishers responded to the Boards notice. As a result unclassified and illegal films and magazines remain available to purchase. The ACL is seeking a reform of the Classification Board and its role in the up-coming federal election.

To read the senate estimates transcript (from p.14): http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/senate/commttee/S12747.pdf

For info packs and job application form call (02) 6141 3416 or visit: http://www.ag.gov.au/www/agd/agd.nsf/Page/AbouttheDepartment_Employment_AppointmentstotheClassificationBoard

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POSTED 19 Feb 2010