A new service will help people struggling with gambling to cut themselves off from placing bets with the launch of the national self-exclusion register, BetStop. Source: 9news.com.au.
Australians who register can exclude themselves from placing bets from a minimum of three months to a lifetime.
The Albanese Government said the sign-up process for the free service was a “single interaction”.
BetStop covers all Australian licenced interactive wagering service providers, both online and telephone-based, and will mean those providers are not allowed to open an account or accept a bet from self-excluded individuals or send them marketing material.
Gambling service providers must promote BetStop, including on their websites and apps, and through marketing material.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority will also promote the register through a public awareness campaign.
Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said the Albanese Government was committed to minimising gambling harms for vulnerable Australians.
“BetStop will change lives for the better, giving Australians most at-risk of gambling harm the support they need to self-exclude from interactive licenced wagering,” Ms Rowland said.
The Commonwealth will continue to work with states and territories on what comes next to reduce harm caused by online wagering.
New service launches to help Australians stop betting (By Adam Vidler, 9news.com.au)