Government funding reached A$70 million for the first stage of the Household Assistance Scheme, however, less was spent, as only 35 percent of people used the programme. The expanded amount is now $308 million.
Analogue television began being switched to digital last June, beginning with regional Victoria, followed by South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and capital cities until mid-2013.
The scheme has been widely panned, as it was revealed that the boxes cost $30 each, yet the programme ends up paying $400 for each. The package includes installation, wiring, a lesson in using it and a year of access to a technical support helpline, according to the Herald Sun.