Papua New Guinea Classification Ratings

Office of Censorship

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Film Classification Ratings

Office of Censorship

Papua New Guinea

Enforcement and Compliance Division

Lovelyn Douglas - Executive Manager Enforcement and Compliance

The Enforcement and Compliance Division is the operational arm of the Office of Censorship. The Division is headed by the Executive Manager- Enforcement and Compliance, who reports directly to the Deputy Chief Censor.

The division carries out its functions by collaborating with partners in advocating and promoting healthy minds, human decency and self-respect among its people.

This is done through the classification of films and publications and the inspection of publication premises and most importantly, it is responsible for effectively enforcing the provisions of the Censorship Laws.


The Divisions of functions are divided into two (2) major areas:

  1. Regulation of Industry (Publication Premises).
  2. Classification and screening of Films and Publication.

The Division has two (2) sub-sections which are, 1) Enforcement and 2) Compliance.

1. Enforcement

1.1. Ensure publication premises are registered and comply with relevant government laws and regulations.

  • Inspecting all registered publication premises in NCD and other provinces.
  • Identifying new premises.
  • Pursuing registration.
  • Providing inspection reports.
  • Follow-up on expired publication premises in NCD and other provinces.

1.2. Conduct awareness to all operations and schools during publication premises inspections.

  • Enforce Law on Multiple DVDs, unclassified and refused materials.
  • Regulate the production and sale of gender-discriminatory songs.
  • Developing regulations and systems regarding standards on industry practices
  • Destroying all refused classification materials in NCD and other provinces.

Other major duties:

  • Responsible for effectively administering and managing individual records of all publications viewed and heard.
  • Responsible for enforcing the provisions of the classification of Films, Publications and Online Services Laws
  • Reports to the Senior Enforcement Officer on the achievement of tasks and duties related to the Enforcement of the Censorship Legislation
  • Inspect Publication Premises including video libraries, television stations, cable television studios, newspaper agencies, and bookshops.
  • Detain and forfeit literature that is not prescribed and classified in accordance with the Censorship requirements.
  • Serve notices and instructions to premises for publication for compliance and improvements in maintaining convenience for the public.
  • Maintain daily movement of films and literature.

2. Compliance

2.1. Ensuring all films and publications are classified and listed on the website.

  • Receiving and registering films and publications (ISPs, Video game outlets, Xboxes, Sony PlayStations, etc.).
  • Reviewing and classifying films and publications
  • Licensing and labeling of all approved films and publications.
  • Determining and collecting fees.
  • Review and collect fees on detained or refused exhibits.
  • Releasing of approved films and publications and issuing of detention notices for films and publications to importers.
  • Confirming and updating the list of films and publications for enlisting in the Office Website.

2.2. Ensure Compliance with Standards of Classifying and ratings of films and motion pictures by industry players.

  • Ensuring media organizations comply with the Standards of classifying and ratings of films and motion pictures.
  • Maintaining Liaison and consultation with existing partners in the film and publication industry.
  • Reviewing and applying standards of classification ratings and films and motion pictures.
  • Regulate foreign television and newspaper advertisements.