8 Million Aussies Sign Up For Do Not Call Register

  • 8 million registered
  • 2/3 of Aus households
  • 6,725 known telemarketers and 193 known fax marketers

The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Do Not Call Register has proved to be quite successful as it registers eight million  Australian phone and fax numbers, representing nearly two thirds of

  • 8 million registered
  • 2/3 of Aus households
  • 6,725 known telemarketers and 193 known fax marketers

The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Do Not Call Register has proved to be quite successful as it registers eight million  Australian phone and fax numbers, representing nearly two thirds of Australian households.

Through the Do Not Call Register free service, Australians can opt out of receiving most unsolicited or marketing faxes by having their numbers listed on the service. Numbers can remain on the register for six years and they can reregister or opt out at any stage.

 “The register has grown impressively since it began in 2007 and this milestone shows just how much Australians have embraced the register to avoid telemarketers’ unsolicited phone, mobile and fax calls,” says ACMA Chairman Chris Chapman, adding that as per research that nearly 90% of those registered notice a significant reduction in these unwanted calls and faxes.

There are now 6,725 known telemarketers and 193 known fax marketers in the register, which are checked against the registered numbers. This is figure stands as of 30 June 2012. There are more than 5.4 billion numbers already checked against the register.

However, there are bodies and organisations exempted from the filter and are allowed to call numbers on the register at certain times. These include government bodies, charities, religious organisations, opinion pollsters and political parties.

“The ACMA is steadfastly committed to ensuring businesses comply with Australia’s telemarketing laws through our investigation and education activities,” Chapman says. “For example, a new ACMA telemarketing blog is now available and provides best practice guidance for marketers.”

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