Onling Gambling Self-Exclusion Register BetStop To Launch In August

The national self-exclusion register for online gambling, BetStop, will launch in August as part of new betting reforms.

From August 21, the free service will allow Australians to opt out from 150 licenced Australian online and phone-based betting companies.

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People who place themselves on the register will not be able to open accounts, place bets, or receive marketing material from betting companies.

The exclusion period can be anywhere from three months to a lifetime ban.

Minster for Social Services Amanda Rishworth said BetStop, along with other measures implemented by the Federal Government over the last year would help reduce harm inflicted by online gambling.

“For many people, it will change their lives,” she said.

“We know minimising the harm caused by online gambling is not a set and forget exercise and I look forward to working with my state and territory counterparts on what comes next to continue this positive change.”

The launch of BetStop comes weeks after the Federal Government received the final report of the inquiry into online gambling. It also follows the government’s move to ban using credit cards for online gambling.

Online gambling companies will need to promote BetStop on websites, apps and through marketing material.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority will regulate BetStop.

There are services available for gambling help. If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact the National Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858.

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