Film Classification


All films screened for public exhibition are by law classified by the Australian Classification Board. In addition to film classification, laws and regulations govern the playing of films and film trailers, the display of film advertising materials, the age at which patrons may be admitted to public screenings of films, the types of classification information that must be displayed, and the type of films which can be shown in public screenings. All cinemas should be fully conversant with these laws and regulations and how to comply with them.

New Zealand

The Office of Film & Literature Classification is the Government body responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned in New Zealand. New Zealand's classification system was established by the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 and is designed to protect the public from material that is likely to be harmful, or injurious to the public good. The Act defines what is considered harmful, and establishes criteria for rating, classifying and labelling films and other publications.

The Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society is a safety net which enables our current and former colleagues to be cared for when they need it most, but we need your help to continue our work.

Founded in 1931 by people working in the motion picture industry, the MPIBS provides financial and emotional support to currently employed, or retired, members of our industry - exhibition, distribution, production or post-production - who have fallen on difficult times and have a genuine need.

Where does the money come from?
The MPIBS relies on donations from industry enterprises and individuals, particularly those who donate annually. As generous as these contributions are, the current level of annual donations needs to increase to meet the continuing call on the Society’s funds.

What level of support is provided by the MPIBS?
There is no set yardstick or formula. It depends on the circumstances of each individual. In addition to individual needs, the MPIBS provides annual “Winter Comfort” and “Christmas Cheer” payments to beneficiaries.

How does the MPIBS assess and support beneficiaries?
Assessments are undertaken in the strictest confidence by the MPIBS Chairman of Investigation & Relief, who recommends to the MPIBS Council a level of support appropriate to the particular needs of the individual. Financial assistance only supplements government pensions, and may include a quarterly subsidy for gas, electricity and telephone. The MPIBS can also provide ‘in kind’ support by way of essential medical aids, such as wheelchairs or breathing apparatus, heaters and even TVs.

How long does assistance last?
For as long as is needed. Beneficiaries are reviewed carefully and confidentially every 18 months to 2 years. Depending on how they are going, their relief payments may be increased, decreased or left at existing levels.

Extending a helping hand
“The MPIBS has assisted me through an extremely difficult time in my life.”

“This support has enabled me to care for, and spend precious time with, my terminally ill wife.”

"The MPBS has extended a lifeline to help me bridge my financial concerns. Their ready support and kindness has been a beacon of light and I will always be indebted to them." (Recipient)

Cheques payable to Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society 

The AIMC acknowledges the sad passing in March 2019 of Bruce Leonard, who dedicated a significant part of his life to the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society and the Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers, as national secretary/treasurer of both bodies.

Until a replacement is found for Bruce, please forward cheques to:

John Rochester
Acting Secretary/Treasurer
Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society
19/94 Sir Neville McNamara Drive,
North Turramurra NSW 2074
0408 298 210

Direct Deposits payable to:
Bank: ANZ  / BSB: 012-010 / Account No: 864 3764 / Account Name: MPIBS
If paying by direct deposit, please e-mail John Rochester at with your mailing address so he can send you a receipt for tax purposes.

Queensland operates an independent MPI Benevolent Association which services industry members throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. If you live in these areas, please make donations to the Queensland Association.

Cheques payable to MPI Benevolent Association (Queensland) Inc. 
Direct Deposits payable to:
Mr Graham Tienan - Secretary/Treasurer 
Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Association 
PO Box 667, Stones Corner, QLD, 4120

Direct Deposits payable to:
Bank: ANZ / BSB: 041 015 / Account No: 3628 26811 / Account Name: MPIBA
If paying by direct deposit, please email Graham Tienan at with your mailing address so a receipt can be forwarded for tax purposes.

The Cinema and Theatre Historical Society of Australia (CATHS) was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1989. The Society aims to:
• Foster an interest in the architecture, history and heritage of cinemas and theatres in Australia
• Record the history of cinemas and theatres in the form of books, magazines and AV materials
• Maintain an archive collection of cinema related documents, photos, etc
• Provide public access to the collection for the purpose of cinema research and related matters
• Seek to preserve theatre and cinema buildings and artefacts
• Organise events to facilitate inspections for documenting and photographing of cinema venues
• Conduct regular meetings for members

CATHS meetings generally include a guest speaker or a presentation on an aspect of cinema history. Our meetings also include theatre news, activity reports and general happenings from within the industry. Interval includes a break for coffee and a chat. After the meeting, members usually meet at a nearby venue for lunch and friendly discussions.

You are most welcome to come along to our meetings. If you love going to the movies or the theatre, are interested in theatre heritage and architecture, or have worked in cinema or the performing arts... then why not join CATHS!

Membership is $50 per year, which includes CATHS quarterly magazine CinemaRecord. For overseas membership, please contact the Secretary for details via email - - or post: The Secretary, CATHS, PO Box 476, Bentleigh Vic 3204




Inspiring Future Female Leaders of the Australian Screen Industry

The Natalie Miller Fellowship supports the professional leadership of women in the screen industry through fellowships and programs. It is about recognising and nurturing the next generation of female leaders in the Australian screen community and inspiring them to reach the very top of their fields.

By urging more women to take on positions of leadership – roles that allow them to make a real difference – we not only address the gender imbalance that’s still evident at the top, we drive better company performances and greater innovation. And that means a more dynamic, diverse and robust screen industry for everyone.

The MPDAA is a non-profit organisation which undertakes the collection of film exhibition information relating to box-office, admissions and admission prices, theatres, release details, censorship classifications, and so forth, in order to provide meaningful statistics on the film industry in Australia to the Members and associated persons, the media and trade publications.

The MPDAA was founded on 6 July 1926 to:
• promote the motion picture industry and popularise the screen as a method of public entertainment;
• represent the interests of the motion picture industry before government, departmental authorities, public bodies & officials;
• act as a central medium of useful information for members and affiliates;
• make donations to charitable or benevolent funds directly or indirectly connected to the motion picture industry.

Creative Content Australia (CCA) is the film and television industries’ peak body for the promotion of copyright, creative rights, piracy research and education resources in Australia. A not-for-profit industry initiative committed to raising awareness about the role of copyright, value of screen content and impact of piracy through:

Education: Innovative resources to stimulate thought & discussion in classrooms about copyright

Creative Content Australia has produced educational programs for Australian secondary schools since 2007. These programs are made available for use within classrooms across the country, allowing teachers and students to discuss the issue of creativity and copyright.

Research: Inform the debate about piracy, dispel myths and motivate changes in behaviour

Each year, CCA undertakes independent research into the attitudes and actions of Australians in relation to the issue of illegal downloading and streaming of films and television. The research is conducted by Sycamore Research & Marketing, an independent market research organisation, in conjunction with Newspoll.

Consumer Campaigns: Encourage people to consider social and economic consequences of piracy

CCA conducts consumer awareness campaigns that aim to further educate Australians about online content theft. These campaigns are created, produced and distributed nationally with significant involvement from the film and television community - comprising in-kind contributions from actors, crew, producers, distributors, exhibitors, television networks and online businesses.

View the current anti-piracy consumer campaign, ‘Say No To Piracy’ here.

Content Café is a platform for constructive, accurate and informative perspectives on copyright and the role it plays in creativity and innovation, especially in content for the screen. Content Café is administered by Creative Content Australia. Visit via or to submit an idea for a blog/article, email

The Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the recognition of people who have worked within the Australian film industry.

Benefits of Membership
• Recognition of employment within the Australian cinema exhibition, distribution and production industries
• Regular social State gatherings of society members
• National Annual General Meeting and Anniversary dinner
• Complimentary cinema admission for member and a guest to nominated national and independent cinemas *conditions apply

In order to qualify for membership, an applicant must satisfy their State Branch Committee that he/she has been engaged in the Film Industry;
1. As an employee or on his or her own behalf; and
2. On a regular permanent full-time or part-time basis or on a casual basis, where such engagement has been the person's principal vocation, principally in Australia over a period of 20 years at the time of his/her nomination for Membership of the Society and, in this regard, service in the Film Industry outside Australia may be taken into account in determining the period of service.

A once only application fee of $300 must accompany all applications for membership.
Further information on eligibility and membership application forms are available from the National Honorary Secretary/Treasurer or all State branch Presidents or via the website.

National Honorary Secretary/Treasurer – Sandra Alexander

National President - Tim Read

State President NSW- John Rochester

State President VIC - Derek Screen

State President QL -Tony Burke

State President SA - John Cronin

State President WA - Allan Stiles

State President TAS - Yurik Czyz