New legislation has been passed by the Australian Senate and House of Representatives to create a National Registry of Self-Exclusion for those at risk of gambling behaviour.
To addition to the new laws, the government has also introduced a bill that would impose a tax on operators to cover the costs of the digital registry, which the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is supposed to regulate.
Licensed operators must not communicate with these individuals when players sign up to the register, nor disclose any information about these customers for marketing purposes.
The corresponding National Register of Self-exclusion (Cost Recovery Levy) Bill 2019 would ensure that the ACMA is responsible for determining the cost of each stakeholder’s levy. In total, this number must not surpass ACMA’s total expenditure on the plan of self-exclusion.
According to Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston, passage of both pieces of legislation would ensure that the government has the ability to ensure that operators comply.
Ruston explained the following: “The Register will allow people to quickly and easily exclude themselves from all interactive wagering services licenced in Australia through a single registration process.
“This will meet a critical gap in consumer protection for Australians who gamble online and reduce the harm of online wagering to vulnerable consumers,” she added. “I would like to thank organisations like Tabcorp, Responsible Wagering Australia and Financial Counselling Australia for their input to date to implement the Register.”