Under section 77 of the Act, the Office is responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned.
Under section 88 of the Act, the Office is also responsible for disseminating information on censorship law and the censorship system, and dealing with inquiries and complaints from the public.
Publications submitted to the Office usually contain text or images that include sex, horror, crime, cruelty or violence. The Classification Office assesses these publications, and will classify them as restricted or objectionable if it thinks that making the publication available to everyone would be harmful, or injurious to the public good.
The Office can classify any written, recorded or stored information or image. Since it first opened in 1994, the Office has classified many types of publications including:
Restrictions assigned by the Office are legally enforceable. Anyone breaching a restriction is liable to a fine or imprisonment upon conviction.