This Summary Report provides an accessible overview of the policy framework and recommendations in the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), Classification—Content Regulation and Convergent Media (ALRC Report 118). The full Report sets out in detail the issues raised in the Terms of Reference for the ALRC’s review of the National Classification Scheme, and the research and evidence base upon which the ALRC’s recommendations were formulated.

This Summary begins with a brief account of the background for the Inquiry, including the law reform brief and problems with the current framework for classification and content regulation in Australia, and a description of the principles underpinning the recommendations of the Report. This is followed by a description of the key features of the new scheme recommended by the ALRC, and the net effect of the ALRC’s recommendations. This Summary concludes with an outline of each chapter in the full Report.