Australian Government to Legislate Self-exclusion Register

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The Australian government is going to legislate an online “National Self-Exclusion Register,” that will allow people to ban themselves from online gambling sites and apps.

“As much as possible Government policy should preserve Australians’ ability to enjoy a punt while putting in place sensible and targeted measures to prevent and support gamblers facing significant risks of harm,” Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services said.

“It is a measure that we believe will motivate gamblers to have periods where they do not gamble online at all as a way of changing their behaviour and minimising the risk they face of gambling-related harm,” Anne Ruston added.

“This legislation is an important step to help Australian gamblers minimise their risks. Once the Register is operational ACMA will regulate licensed interactive wagering providers so they comply with the legislation and make sure people receive the support they need,” Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and Arts said.

All costs to set up and administer the Register will be recovered from interactive wagering providers to ensure they contribute their fair share and encourage them to provide safe environments for their customers.