Certified Filters

Family Friendly Filters

To specifically qualify for Family Friendly Filter status and be listed on this page, 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 Office of the eSafety Commissioner, for example where the Office determines following a complaint that a specified site is prohibited under Australian law.

Classes of accredited Filters

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has 4 levels of classification for certified filters:

  • Unclassified: Block websites on the eSafety Commissioner’s Prohibited URL Filter (PUF) list and are recommended for 18+ years of age.
  • Bronze (Class 1): Recommended for children over 15 years of age.
  • Silver (Class 2): Recommended for children between 10 and 15 years of age.
  • Gold (Class 3): Recommended for children under 10 years of age.

The Gold Certification provides the highest of filtering protection and is suitable for children of all ages.

Vendor Product Version Certification Certification Date
Family Zone Family Zone Gold (Class 3) January 2020
McAfee Safe Family 3.0 Bronze (Class 1) December 2019
Australian Private Networks Service offering Gold (Class 3) June 2018
Symantec Norton Family 3.6.4.71 Bronze (Class 1) July 2017