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Classification review announced for the horror film Jigsaw October 17, 2017

The Classification Review Board has received an application to review the classification of the film Jigsaw which was classified R 18+ with the consumer advice 'High impact horror violence' by the Classification Board on 9 October 2017. The Classification Review Board will meet on 20 October 2017 to consider the application. The read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin October 9, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 9 October 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Parents trash trailers October 3, 2017

ACCM's latest survey shows that 95% of parents want to be able "to choose a movie outing that will be age-appropriate for my children, and so trailers should only be for films that have the same classification as the feature". Read more about the results of the survey here read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin September 25, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 18 September 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

The 'TV Make It Australian' campaign launches today September 18, 2017

This is an Australia-wide campaign - the launch times and places are: Melbourne, 3pm, ACMI Cinema Perth, 3pm, East Perth/Fielder Street Creative Hub Adelaide, 5pm, Mercury Cinema Hobart, 5.30pm Fullers Bookshop Sydney, 6pm, AFTRS Brisbane, TBC You can register to attend here. This campaign is important as the government is running the Australian and Children's Screen Content read more »

Australian Reading Hour - stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book September 12, 2017

On Thursday September 14, stop what you’re doing for one hour, pick up a book and read by yourself or with a child. Rediscover or introduce yourself to the joys of reading. More details from the reading hour website or Facebook read more »

Troubling trailers for cinemas?? September 5, 2017

Do you want M movies promoted to your children at a PG movie? Moves are afoot to allow that to happen. See our taking action page on this topic for more information And let us know what you think here   read more »

Professor Sonia Livingstone to visit Sydney August 29, 2017

International expert on children's and young people's digital practice, Professor Sonia Livingstone from the London School of Economics, will be visiting Sydney from 6-8 September. Events planned include: Public lecture: Children's rights in the digital age.Thursday 7 September 4pm-5.30pm, Parramatta City. Research symposium: Thinking the read more »

Children's Book Week 19-26 August 2017 August 21, 2017

Each year at this time across Australia, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together to celebrate CBCA Children’s Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature. This year's theme is Escape to everywhere. More information, including the read more »

Celebrate Studio Ghibli August 21, 2017

From August 24, Australians will have a chance to view a month-long showcase of the best of this renowned Japanese animation studio. Headed by  Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli has carved itself a name as one of the giants of animation, creating international favourites including Ponyo, My Neighbour Totoro (1988), read more »

Read the latest E-Bulletin August 17, 2017

The ACCM E-Bulletin 17 August 2017 is now available. Read it here Sign up to receive the fortnightly E-Bulletin on Facebook or with the form on our Contact page read more »

Australian and Children’s Screen Content Review: Consultation paper released August 14, 2017

The Australian and Children’s Content Review is inviting responses to a discussion paper which was released last week. Responses are due by Wednesday 20 September. The Consultation Paper can be accessed here. read more »

Australian children’s television viewing and multi-screen behaviour - new ACMA report August 7, 2017

A new Australian Communications and Media Authority research report, Children’s television viewing and multi-screen behaviour, examines the viewing habits of Australian children in the context of a multi-screen environment. A TV set is the device most frequently used to view children’s programs for those aged 0–14. YouTube, Netflix and free-to-air television read more »

Study backs claims re the effects of TV series about suicide August 3, 2017

Following its release earlier this year, the series 13 Reasons Why was blamed for an increased number of calls to helplines in Australia. Now a study published in the American Medical Association's journal, JAMA Internal Medicine, reports a large increase in suicide-related searches in the days after the show's release. read more »

A monster calls - a great film, but not for children! August 3, 2017

Parents are warned that the PG rating, with the consumer guidelines Mild themes and violence, some scenes may scare children, given by the Australian Classification Board to the film A monster calls could be deceptive.  The "mild themes" include a young boy with a mother dying of cancer, while the scenes that are likely read more »