The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation

 

Our role

Enforcing the Act

The Department of Internal Affairs' Censorship Compliance Unit is responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.

The Censorship Compliance Unit:

  • helps to ensure that publications considered to be objectionable are not made available to members of the public;
  • helps to ensure that the decisions of the Office of Film and Literature Classification are adhered to by the film and video industry, magazine distributors, and shops; and
  • investigates complaints.

The Unit provides information about child safety online, anti-virus and family protection software, and reviewing internet activity, and useful links to other websites about internet safety and child safety issues (including some interactive sites for children).

Prosecuting offenders

Inspectors of Publications can prosecute people for offences which relate to the labelling of publications and their display, and the manufacture, supply, distribution, advertising and exhibition of objectionable or restricted publications.

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Submissions on classification of publications

Under delegation from the Secretary for Internal Affairs, Inspectors of Publications may submit unclassified publications to the Office of Film and Literature Classification, when they have cause to believe it may be objectionable in terms of the Act, or needs to be restricted in some way.

If a publication has been submitted to the Office, the owner has the right to make submissions on the classification of the publication.

Approach to compliance and enforcement

Thumbnail image of the cover of the Maximising Harm documentThe Department's approach to compliance and enforcement in this area is set out in the Minimising Harm - Maximising Benefit document.

See also: The Department's Prosecution Policy