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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Pre September 2017)

HOW DO I SUBMIT A TVC FOR CLASSIFICATION/OBTAIN A CAD NUMBER?

Commercials must be classified before they can be broadcast on Free TV. There are several steps involved with classifying a TVC:

1.  Prior to production, you should determine if there are any implications for script development by reviewing the Classification Handbook
2.  Determine if you would like to utilise CAD Pre-Check service - this service is free-of-charge and highly recommended
3.  Once your material is ready for classification, you will need to complete the CAD Application/Order form for TVCs and forward to CAD along with a copy of your script and any required documentation. You can provide your TVC/s on VHS or electronically.

Once all materials are received, CAD will commence processing your application. You will need to allow at least two (2) working days for classification. Upon approval, you will be issued with a CAD Number. For more information, please visit the Classifying a TVC section of this site.

HOW DO I SUBMIT AN INFOMERCIAL FOR CLASSIFICATION/A CAD NUMBER?

Infomercials must also be classified before they can be broadcast on Free TV. There are several steps involved with classifying an infomercial:

1.  Prior to production, you should determine if there are any implications for script development by reviewing the Classification Handbook
2.  Once your material is ready for classification, you will need to complete the CAD Application/Order form for infomercials and forward to CAD along with a copy of your script and any required documentation. You will need to provide your material on VHS.

Once all materials are received, CAD will commence processing your application. You will need to allow at least two working days for classification. Upon approval, you will be issued with a CAD Number. For more information, please visit the Classifying an Infomercial section of this site.

HOW DO I GET FEEDBACK ON A SCRIPT PRIOR TO PRODUCTION?

Producers are encouraged to discuss the content of a TVC at the concept, script, storyboard or offline stage of production to obtain an indication of the likely classification and be directed to any content requirements. This service is free-of-charge. You simply forward your scripts/off-line to CAD and mark your material, "For Pre-Check comments".

If your media schedule dictates that the ad attain a certain classification, please detail this when forwarding your material for Pre-check. You will need to allow five (5) working days for this service. CAD Numbers are only issued on completed commercials. CAD cannot issue a CAD Number or provide final classification advice until a commercial is submitted in its final form, with the necessary paperwork.

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES FOR CLASSIFICATION?

CAD maintains different fee structures for classification of TVCs and infomercials. Please visit the
Fees page for more information.

I HAVE SENT IN A SCRIPT FOR PRE-CHECK. HOW DO I FIND OUT THE STATUS OF MY SUBMISSION?

You need to allow five (5) working days for comments after receipt of material. If five days has lapsed or your submission has become urgent, please contact CAD on (02) 8968 7200 or by email
cad@freetv.com.au  

I HAVE SUBMITTED A TVC/INFOMERCIAL FOR CLASSIFICATION. HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF IT HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED?

The
 CAD Database Search function allows you to see if your commercial has been logged by Commercials Advice and if a CAD Classification Number has been issued. Simply enter the key number in the CAD Search section contained in the left hand navigation column on this site.

I WANT TO SUBMIT A REVISED TVC BASED ON A PREVIOUS KEY NUMBER. DO I NEED TO SUBMIT EVERYTHING AGAIN?

"Revisions" include changes to voice-overs, product inserts or cut-downs and the process for classification is similar to classifying a new TVC. In circumstances where only a minor change is made to an existing TVC, CAD may be able to issue a new CAD Number for the revised material on the submission of ‘paperwork only’. For more information on the process for classifying revised commercials and whether your commercial qualifies for the 'paperwork only' submission process, please visit the
Revising a TVC page.

CAN I GET A CAD NUMBER TO AIR A TVC/INFOMERCIAL IN NEW ZEALAND?

You will need to contact the Television Commercial Approvals Bureau in New Zealand to classify a TVC/infomercial to run in the New Zealand market. Please visit
 www.tvcab.co.nz for more information.

TIP: If you, or a colleague, are new to the industry and want to know more about CAD's services, download a copy of the Classification Handbook