Australia's federal government is altering the current film censorship system to add further details explaining the reasons for movie ratings.
It follows a survey of 2,000 Australians last year on their expectations around classifications. Most people
said they wanted more details about why a movie was given a specific rating, and that the reasons for those decisions should be modernised to reflect community 'sensitivities'.
The classification system will now include a wider range of
explanations for Australia's censorship board to choose from when rating a movie. Those explanations include such terms as animated violence, family violence, blood and gore, mental health themes and bullying. The new information will appear at the
beginning of the movie alongside the rating.
Classification board director Fiona Jolly said the changes better reflect today's community standards:
It provides helpful information enabling Australians to make
informed choices, particularly in relation to content which may be of concern to them.
The changes will be made this week, with viewers expected to notice the additional information from next week.