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Processing Times for TVCs

You must allow at least 2 working days for review of TVCs. Commercials containing complex claims or requiring a detailed review may take longer. The following needs to be considered when applying for classification of a TVC:

1.   Ensure you incorporate enough time to modify your TVC if required.
2. You may also need to allow time for captioning.
3. Please ensure you allow enough time for your TVC to be despatched prior to your on-air date.

The online application asks you to state the date you require classification by and on-air date. If these dates are brought forward, please advise CAD immediately to avoid missing your on-air commitments. Don’t forget to also advise us if your deadline is pushed back as this will assist CAD to prioritise applications.

Classifying a TVC

Allow at least 2 working days after all materials are received.

Classifying a Revised TVC

Allow at least 2 working days after all materials are received.


Allow at least 3 working days for CAD to provide feedback on your scripts or storyboards.

CAD must receive ALL materials (including vision and accurate script) before classification can commence. Failure to fully complete the application process will delay classification.

Applications are prioritised by Required By and on-air dates and then processed in the order in which they are received by CAD. 

If you require a faster turnaround, you can use our Red-Hot or Priority services. For more information on these, click here: Fees

Applications submitted after 5pm Sydney time will be treated as next day jobs. 

CAD’s business hours are Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5.30pm. CAD is closed on public holidays.

For further information regarding Processing Times refer to the Frequently Asked Questions - Sept 17.