13 June 2010
Do Not Call Register boosted to cover faxes
The Do Not Call Register has been expanded to allow people to register fax numbers and numbers used by emergency services and government bodies, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has announced.
The amendments to legislation, which took effect on 30 May 2010, also mean registrations will now last for five years.
ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman welcomed these important changes, which have been initiated by the government.
‘The extension of the registration period removes the need to re-register every three years and is an excellent policy outcome for Australians,’ said Mr Chapman.
‘It also means telemarketers can continue to confine their calls to those who are open to receiving them,’ Mr Chapman said.
‘Allowing eligibility for emergency service telephone numbers means these vital community service numbers will not be tied up by telemarketing calls,’ Mr Chapman added. ‘Equally, extending the register to faxes will provide choice to people as to whether or not they have their fax machines tied up by marketing material.’
Mr Chapman said the changes follow consultation with key industry stakeholders.
‘Industry will need some time to adjust to the new arrangements and the ACMA will phase in compliance and enforcement activities, consistent with its track record of graduated enforcement,’ he said. ‘Over the coming months, the ACMA will undertake an education campaign about the changes for consumers and affected industry sectors.
There are currently more than 4.9 million phone numbers on the register. To register log on to www.donotcall.gov.au or call 1300 792 958. Fax numbers can only be registered online.
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The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s strategic intent is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest. For more information: www.acma.gov.au.