Is Buying Porn Movies in Australia Legal

by Raunchy Republic Manager on August 1, 2009

Is Buying Porn in Australia Legal

Is Buying Porn in Australia Legal?

Many Australian’s have purchased X rated adult movies (probably far more than care to admit it) however if you ask, most have no idea if it’s legal. So what are the laws in Australia?

As you will see, the laws surrounding adult movies in Australia are both strange and contradictory.

IMPORTANT! The adult movies we are talking about are those legal under Australian law. This means they have an R or X rating from the Classification Board. Movies that are unclassified or have a RC rating (refused classification) are illegal Australia wide.

Where We Sought the Answer

Back when we were launching Raunchy Republic we did our research into the legality of selling Adult movies. We contacted a number of government bodies and organisations for advice including:

  • The New South Wales Police (as we are based in Sydney).
  • The Australian Classification Review Board.
  • The EROS Association of Australia.
  • And finally, our solicitors.

For the states the answer is bordering on the absurd.

So What’s The Answer Already???

In a nutshell – YES!

Unless you live in one of the “restricted territories” currently in place in the Northern Territory, you are free to:

  • Buy R and X rated adult movies.
  • Own R and X rated adult movies.
  • Watch R and X rated adult movies.

That is, as a consumer you simply must be 18 years of age or older to be free of any restrictions.

It’s A Different Story For Adult Shop Owners

The law gets crazy however when we delve into the legalities of Adult stores.

In the A.C.T. you can run an adult store selling R and X rated material with a few conditions. You must purchase a licence (currently well over $12,000 AUD per year – increasing annually) and there are some other small hoops to jump through such as getting your premises approved for use as an adult store.

In the N.T. it is legal to sell R and X rated material. There is no licence required nor any rediculous fees as seen in the A.C.T.

In the states it get’s weird. In N.S.W. for example consumers can buy, own and watch porn however it is illegal to sell it! That’s right, you can own porn, even buy it legally but you can’t sell it. Is this not just a little bit bonkers?!

Hang On, Sex Shops Everywhere Sell Porn!

They sure do. In Sydney for example there are sex shops everywhere and nearly all of them sell adult movies.

All adult stores in a state like N.S.W. who sell X Rated material are breaking the law. They are simply taking the risk and hoping they don’t get raided.

Raunchy Republic is a 100% legal sex shop – order online!

A raid usually results in confiscation of all X rated materials (along with unclassified and refused classifiction material if present). They are fined is most cases, with even stiffer penalties for possessing and selling unclassified and refused classifiction material.

Who Enforces Classification?

While the Classification Review Board are responsible for putting each movie through classification, it’s up to the Police to enforce the laws. Since Police are busy with many other problems the enforcement of classification laws is very low on the priority list.

Besides, the law restricting the sale of legally classified adult material is nothing short of rediculous. Why should the Police waste time they don’t have…..

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