On 24 March 2011, Attorney-General Robert McClelland referred the National Classification Scheme to the ALRC and asked it to conduct widespread public consultation across the community and industry.
The review considered issues including:
- existing Commonwealth, State and Territory classification laws
- the current classification categories contained in the Classification Act, Code and Guidelines
- the rapid pace of technological change
- the need to improve classification information available to the community
- the effect of media on children and
- the desirability of a strong content and distribution industry in Australia.
During the inquiry, the ALRC conducted face-to-face consultations with stakeholders, hosted two online discussion forums, and commissioned pilot community and reference group forums into community attitudes to higher level media content. The ALRC published two consultation documents—an Issues Paper and a Discussion Paper—and invited submissions from the public.
The Final Report was tabled in Parliament on 1 March 2012.