Family Friendly Filters

What are Family Friendly filters?

In general terms, filters are computer programs designed to limit access to certain types of content on the internet.  It is important to note that the use of filters is not mandatory in Australia, either under law or Industry Codes.  Users can choose whether or not to install filters, and if and when to activate them. Similarly, ISPs are not required to filter or monitor internet traffic. However, Communications Alliance recognises that some families find filters a useful addition to direct parental supervision, and for that reason supports their availability.

To qualify for Family Friendly Filter status, a filter must undergo rigorous independent testing to ensure that it meets the criteria as set out in the relevant Industry Code.  These include effectiveness, ease of use, configurability, availability of support and agreement by the filter company providing the filter to update the filter as required by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), for example where the ACMA determines following a complaint, that a specified site is prohibited under Australian law.

Filters operate in different ways, and different filters will be better suited to different operating environments and age groups. More information about filters and staying safe online can be obtained from the ACMA or the Department of Communications. To be compliant with the Industry Codes, ISPs must offer a Family Friendly Filter.

ACMA Filter classification codes

Unclassified – ACMA Prohibited URL Filter (PUF) – recommended for 18+ years of age
Class 1 – recommended for children over 15 years of age
Class 2 – recommended for children between 10 and 15 years of age
Class 3 – recommended for children under 10 years of age

Family Friendly Filter – how to join the scheme

All filter products are eligible to apply for Family Friendly Filter status.

Upon application filters are independently tested by Enex Test Labs for a fee.

Contact us for further information.

Family Friendly Filters

Name
Optus Internet Security Suite
Version
12.3
Certified
November 2013
Manufacturer
FSecure
Australian Distributor

Class of accreditation*
Class 2

Name
ContentKeeper Web
Version
v.160.72 
Certified
December 2013 
Manufacturer
ContentKeeper
Australian Distributor

Class of accreditation*
Class 2

Name
PureSight Owl
Version
2014.0.74 
Certified
February 2015 
Manufacturer
PureSight
Australian Distributor

Class of accreditation*
Class 3