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ACMA to launch self-exclusion register

| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will launch a new national self-exclusion register in 2022-23.

The register will cover licensed online and telephone sports betting services, with people being able to exclude themselves for any time period between three months to permanently.

The ACMA placed the initiative on a list of their key compliance priorities for the year. Other priorities include combating identify theft, phone scams and misinformation on social media.

“The register will provide an avenue for people who want help changing their gambling habits and will complement existing consumer protection measures,” said Nerida O’Loughlin, ACMA chair.

“Once you choose to self-exclude, it will be an offence for a licensed wagering provider to open an account for you, take a bet from you or to market gambling services to you. The ACMA will be enforcing those rules.”

Earlier this month, the ACMA encouraged internet service providers to block access to thepokies.net due to failure to comply with the provisions of the country’s 2001 Interactive Gambling Act.

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