Official government status

In some places (e.g. Australia), the country’s government decides on ratings; in other countries (e.g. the U.S.), it is done by industry organizations with no official government status.
What does “status” mean in this sentence?
I looked it up in the dictionary and couldn’t find the proper meaning that fits here.
Thank you!!

I think it means, those organizations are independent of the government in that they have no legislative or administrative authority for their ratings. For example, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has a legal authorization for their actions from Congress whereas the Motion Picture Association of America is an industry group that rates movies with no legislative authorization. They have no official government status, that is, they have no legal authority.