Prior to getting committed to the idea of ISP website blocking, the Australian government had set up
a scheme offering state recommended and subsidised filtering software for parents to install on their family PCs.
The Australian government has now decided to scrap its Voluntary Internet Filtering Grants Program in the 2011 federal budget:
The plan was intended to help give ISPs give consumers an additional filtering option for content that wasn't Refused Classification (RC), but that they still objected to. However there was limited interest among ISPs in the grants, and consumers
had a number of filtering options at their disposal, including browser and search engine filters.
The government still plans to push forward with its involuntary, i.e. mandatory, blocking scheme that's been in the works since 2007.