16.1 This chapter discusses enforcement of classification laws under the existing Commonwealth-state cooperative scheme for the classification of publications, films and computer games (the classification cooperative scheme); and the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth).

16.2 Under the classification cooperative scheme, the enforcement of classification laws is primarily the responsibility of states and territories. These arrangements contribute to problems of inconsistency in offence and penalty provisions between Australian jurisdictions and lack of compliance with classification laws.

16.3 An important part of the rationale for replacing the existing National Classification Scheme is to avoid inconsistency in enforcement of classification laws and associated penalties. The ALRC concludes that the Australian Government should be responsible for the enforcement of classification laws and makes recommendations for a regime of offences and penalties.