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May 10th, 2007 . by Matt

do not call register

Finally, action has been taken against telemarketing in Australia that has gone out of control. The federal government has created a “do not call” register for people to opt out of telemarketing calls.

Which numbers can I list on the Do Not Call Register?

You can list your Australian fixed line and mobile numbers on the Do Not Call Register, provided the numbers are used primarily for private or domestic purposes.

How does the register work?

Under the Do Not Call Register Act 2006, telemarketers can check their calling lists against the Do Not Call Register. If a telemarketer calls a number on the Do Not Call Register, they may be in breach of the Act, and may face penalties.

Will it stop all telemarketing calls?

Registering your telephone number on the Do Not Call Register will not stop all telemarketing calls to your number. There are some exemptions which enable certain public interest organisations to make telemarketing calls. Exempt organisations include charities, religious organisations and registered political parties. You can also still receive calls from market researchers.

When will calls start to reduce?

From the time you register your number, it may take up to 30 days for individual telemarketing agencies to recognise your registration, and stop calling to your number.

Why has the Do Not Call Register been set up?

The Do Not Call Register has been set up in response to increasing community concern about the growth in unsolicited telemarketing calls.

Generally I am pro-freedom, but the telemarketing calls have reached the level of harassment. It is not just one company calling, but a great many. I do not tell my home number to anyone except for people that need to know in an emergency, but until I moved apartments recently I was getting several calls a day, always from telemarketers, who often even know my name somehow. This annoyed me so much that there was even a time when I had considered running as a single issue candidate to set up a register like this. This register will give relief to people like me that are often woken up by marketing calls, all day.


One Response to “At last!”

  1. comment number 1 by: egg

    Matt

    It is not just one company calling, but a great many. I do not tell my home number to anyone except for people that need to know in an emergency, but until I moved apartments recently I was getting several calls a day, always from telemarketers, who often even know my name somehow.

    It might be a bit off topic, but are there ones who sell lists that have names, address, phone number, school which he/she graduated and so on, in Australia too? I mean here in Japan, I don`t get that much phone calls but the existance of list sellers became a social probrem and a new law was made several? years ago. (For example, the lists of the victims of swindles were made and sold by the swindlers, and used by another swindler for comitting another new swindle against the former victims.)
    I thought list sellers only existed in Japan but on the other hand I couldn`t figure out how the company managed to call someone without lists so, just a question out of interest.