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Launch of telephone registrations in Victoria for the new ‘Do Not Call Register’



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Senator the Hon Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

Media Release

Media Contact: Fiona Telford 02 6277 7480

www.minister.dcita.gov.au

70/07 Tuesday 22 May 2007

Launch of telephone registrations in Victoria for the new ‘Do Not Call Register’

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, announced that Victorians will be able to register for the national Do Not Call Register by telephone from today.

“Victorians can register their personal home and mobile numbers by calling 1300 792 958 from the number they wish to register, for the cost of a local call. It will generally be unlawful for telemarketers to call these numbers after 31 May,” Senator Coonan said.

Australians have been able to register their telephone numbers online at www.donotcall.gov.au since 3 May. Postal application forms are also now available from Australia Post outlets.

“There has been a very high level of demand for the Register with over 500,000 registrations received in the first week,” Senator Coonan said.

The Do Not Call Register allows families to re-claim their evenings as their own, to once again enjoy uninterrupted dinner times.

“Even if the call is being made from a foreign country, if the call is made on behalf of an Australian company, it will be illegal.

“While a very limited amount of calls will be allowed, including those from charities and market research companies, evidence shows the Register will greatly reduce the number of unsolicited calls.

“Registrations are valid for three years, and people can withdraw their registration at any time.”

The scheme becomes fully operational on 31 May.

If consumers receive telemarketing calls more than a month after registering on the Do Not Call Register, they can lodge a complaint online at www.donotcall.gov.au or through the Do Not Call contact line, on 1300 792 958.

Telemarketers will be required to ‘wash’ their telephone contact lists via the Do Not Call Register from 25 May 2007 and from 31 May 2007 will be bound by the legislation and new rules for telemarketing calls.

The Do Not Call Register Act 2006 and the Do Not Call Register (Consequential Amendments) Act 2006 were passed by Parliament on 22 June 2006 and gave the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) the task of establishing the Register.