The Government’s $116.5 million Protecting Australian Families Online (PAFO) initiative aims to empower parents to manage their children’s online activities safely. The PAFO initiative includes an $85 million National Filter Scheme which provides access to Internet filtering technology, free to every Australian family through personal computer or ISP-based filtering and for public libraries.
In September 2007, ICT contracts worth more than $25m were reported as part of the PAFO program. The big winners were Internetsafety.com with a $10.93m contract for “PC Filters”. Digital Republic and Call Centre Services also won contracts for “PC Filters” for $8.55m and $7.33m respectively.
Macquarie Telecom was awarded smaller valued contracts for “Stress and Load Testing on New NetAlert/PAFO Website” and “Additional Monitoring and Reporting Services” valued at $ 256,570 and $ 27,585.