The new Classification of Media Content Act

13.2 As discussed in Chapter 4, the ALRC proposes that a new National Classification Scheme be enacted providing consolidated and modernised laws to replace the classification cooperative scheme and the Commonwealth co-regulatory scheme for regulating online content and content provided by mobile carriers contained in schs 5 and 7 of the Broadcasting Services Act.

13.3 As the centrepiece of this new framework, the ALRC proposes a new Classification of Media Content Act, establishing a new classification scheme applicable to offline and online media content.

13.4 An important part of the rationale for having a new National Classification Scheme is to avoid inconsistency in the enforcement of classification laws. Chapter 14 discusses enforcement in more detail and presents an alternative framework for a National Classification Scheme, applicable if the Australian Government determines that the states and territories should retain enforcement powers.