22 March 2010
Do Not Call: NSW needs to re-register home phone numbers now
New South Wales has the highest proportion of land line phone numbers in Australia needing to be re-registered on the Do Not Call Register before May this year.
Numbers listed on the register are valid for three years. If you let your number listings expire, they will be automatically removed from the register.
More than one million numbers were listed when the register was launched in May 2007. More than 4.4 million numbers are now registered, of which approximately 65 per cent are land line phones.
According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Chairman, Chris Chapman, there are 149,381 land lines in New South Wales yet to be re-registered.
‘Victoria follows close behind with 139,367 numbers needing to be re-registered, then Queensland with 119,159,’ Mr Chapman said.
‘The other states have fewer numbers to be re-registered, with Western Australia with 47,813, South Australia 42,640, Tasmania 15,576, ACT 12,794 and the Northern Territory with 2,965.
These figures are for people who registered in May, 2007.
‘It doesn’t matter if you registered in the first year but don’t remember when,’ Mr Chapman added.
‘You can simply re-register now anyway for another three years to avoid those annoying telemarketing calls that drove you to register in the first place.’
Under the Do Not Call Register Act 2006, telemarketers are not allowed to call numbers listed on the register.
Mr Chapman said re-registration is quick, free and easy – simply log on to www.donotcall.gov.au or call 1300 792 958. Additional information about the register is also available on that website.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Donald Robertson, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7980, 0418 86 1766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s goal is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest. For more information: www.acma.gov.au.