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Commercials Advice

CAD provides classification and information services to advertisers, agencies and production houses in relation to television commercials and infomercials. All television commercials and infomercials must be classified before they can be broadcast. It is important to note that CAD does not provide legal advice. It is the responsibility of each advertiser and or its advertising agency to ensure that their commercial/s comply with all relevant laws and regulatory requirements.

For more information about CAD's services, classification procedures and television production guidelines please download a copy of the latest Classification Handbook

Note: The Classification Handbook may be amended from time to time. As changes are made to the Classification Handbook, these changes will be made to the version on this website.  


Our opening times over the Christmas/New Year period are:

Friday 22 December 2017 – Open as usual
Monday 25 December to Monday 1 January 2017 – Closed for business
Tuesday 2 January 2018 – Open for business as usual

Please ensure you plan your applications for CAD approval noting the above opening times.

To help meet your tight deadlines leading up to Christmas, CAD offers Red Hot and Priority Processing services for expedited approval. Simply select these services in your application on the Online Application System.


New CAD Online Application System

Our new Online Application System is now live and available to access here.

Please note that our old OAS is now only available for finalising any applications which were submitted on or before 12 November 2017. To finalise these applications, click here.

Jobs on the old system will be completed on the old system and then transferred across to the new OAS for your records.

Using the New OAS

If you're already up and using our new system, then you can continue to submit applications as normal.

If you've been using our old system, please move to the new system to submit your applications. You can do this by entering your login details on the homepage. Please note, you may receive a message that your login has failed or is invalid. If this happens, please follow the prompts to change your password, or contact us at for a temporary password. After you login, simply add credit card details under the 'My Details' > 'Manage Team' tab on your 'My Jobs Dashboard', and then you'll be ready to submit.

New to CAD? If you/your agency have never used CAD before, then registration will get you on your way. New agencies can register here. If you're an individual user and your agency has already been registered, then register here

Have a question? We recommend having a read through our FAQs, Fees and Classification Handbook  for more information. Or contact the friendly team at or on (02) 8968 7200

Premium Services

Red-Hot Service : Our Red-Hot service provides a 3 hour turnaround time for your TVC! We've created this premium service to assist you and your teams with tight deadlines. 

Priority Service : You can receive a 24 hour turnaround by selecting your Required By Date as being the day of submission, or the day after. 

Please note that these premium services attract additional fees, are offered within business hours only. For more information, visit: Fees

For information on the following topics please refer to the links listed below:

Abbreviations Discounts Operational Practices
About Commercials Advice Duration of CAD Numbers Personal Injury
Adult Products and Services Environmental Claims Personal Products
Alcoholic Beverages Finance Placement Codes
Audio Levels and Loudness Fireworks Political Matter
Audio Requirements Food Pre-check Service for TVCs
Captioning Foreign Language
Children Free Goods and Services Processing Times
Cinema Films/DVDs/Games Freecall Services Real Estate
Claims Gambling/Gaming Road Safety
Classifications Health Services Sporting Events Indicia & Images
Classifying a Revised TVC ID Board Substantiation
Classifying a TVC Impersonation of Real People Telephone Services
Code of Practice  Issuing of CAD Numbers Testimonials
Community Service Legal Services Therapeutic Goods & Devices
Comparative Advertising Minor Revisions Uniforms
Competitions Mobile Premium Services
Component Pricing Motor Vehicle Accessories Video Break-Up Effects
Copyright Motor Vehicles Water Safety & Water Sports
Cosmetics New Products or Services Weight Loss
Currency  New Zealand Approval Withdrawal of Classification
Defamation Offensive Language