Numbers on Do Not Call Register now permanent
In news that makes life simpler for people who receive unsolicited telemarketing calls, signing your phone number up on the Do Not Call Register (the Register) is now a once-off exercise.
This means people can opt-out of receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls and marketing faxes for the long term.
Under previous arrangements, registrations of numbers expired after eight years, meaning numbers had to be re-registered. This is no longer the case.
If your number is already on the Register, you don’t need to do anything (your registration will now be permanent). Any new registrations will also be valid permanently. You can also check or remove your number from the Register at any time.
Australian mobile and landline phone numbers used primarily for private or domestic purposes, as well as fax numbers, are eligible to be registered on the Register.
Marketing calls from registered charities, market researchers, educational institutions and registered political parties are permitted, as are calls from businesses with which you have an established ongoing relationship.
The Register will not stop scam calls. Australians are encouraged to be cautious when receiving any unsolicited phone calls and if you suspect it is a scam simply hang up.
Registration is quick, free and easy. Visit www.donotcall.gov.au or call 1300 792 958.