Do you have any comments about these draft principles for reform generally? Are there any others you think should be included?
Free TV would like to make some observations regarding the current processes for training and accreditation of classifiers.
We note that the Classification Board conducts an intensive three-month program which includes mentorship and practical experience. In comparison, the training programs for certified industry assessors are very brief (half-day or one-day). Anecdotal evidence suggests that this contributes to inconsistencies in classification decision-making, undermining the effectiveness and integrity of the National Classification Scheme.
The ALRC should consider recommending changes to the accreditation process to include consistent and rigorous training requirements, with classifiers required to undergo minimum periods of supervision following training.
Commercial free-to-air television broadcasters employ a number of full-time dedicated classifiers, many of whom have years of experience working in the industry and organisations such as the Classification Board.
Suggested new Principle 9: The classification framework should require a consistent standard in relation to training and accreditation of classifiers.