Australia will soon have a national gambling self-exclusion register.
The country’s Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston, confirmed in a statement that the state is all set to launch a national gambling self-exclusion register to help people keep themselves from betting online.
Commenting on the plans, the Minister said: “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.”
“The National Self-Exclusion Register is a voluntary process where an individual can ban themselves from using all interactive wagering services across state boundaries for a period ranging from three months or permanently through one simple process. 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 behavior and minimizing the risk they face of gambling-related harm,” added.
Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and Arts said: “This legislation is an important step to help Australian gamblers minimize 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.”
It is also reported that the costs to set up the register would be extracted from betting operators.