More than 18,000 BetStop registrations in just six months

More than 18,000 Australians have signed up to BetStop – the National Self-Exclusion Register since it was launched by the Albanese Government six months ago today, demonstrating the significant impact this initiative is having to combat online wagering harms.
 
Overseen by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), BetStop covers all Australian licensed interactive wagering service providers and prohibits these providers from opening a new account or accepting bets from self‑excluded individuals, or sending them marketing material.
 
Wagering providers are also required to close existing betting accounts when an individual registers with BetStop.
 
Close to 16,000 of total sign-ups during the Register’s first six months remain active. Around 1,400 registrants have ended their exclusion either through completing their nominated self-exclusion period, or cancelling their exclusion following the minimum 3 months.
 
Australians are able to self-exclude for a minimum of three months up to a lifetime, by registering free-of-charge and in a quick and easy interaction.

More than 8 billion checks have been made against the Register since it was established, occurring in almost real-time – an average of 3 milliseconds – to ensure that self-excluded individuals are unable to participate in online gambling.
 
Australians aged 40 years and under continue to represent the vast majority of registrants, and more than a third of total registrants have opted to self-exclude themselves for a lifetime.

Complementing BetStop, the Government has implemented mandatory pre-verification which requires wagering providers to verify a customer’s identity when they set up a new account and before they can place a bet. This strengthens protections for underage Australians and consumers who have self-excluded through the Register.
 
In the last 18 months, the Albanese Government has:

 The Government is carefully considering the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry into online gambling to inform future measures to prevent and reduce online gambling harms. 

More information about the register can be found at www.betstop.gov.au
 
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Communications, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP:
 
“BetStop is a key way the Albanese Government is delivering on its promise to minimise the harms associated with online wagering.

“It’s clear the National Self-Exclusion Register is making a meaningful difference to thousands of Australians and their families. It is changing lives for the better.
 
“If you think BetStop could benefit you or someone you care about, I encourage you to visit the website to learn more and sign up”.
 
Quotes attributable to Minister for Social Services, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP
 
“Our Government is serious about preventing and reducing the harmful impacts of online gambling and myself and the Minister for Communications have introduced a number of important measures to that end.
 
“The strong uptake of BetStop, the National Self-Exclusion Register, is great to see and is complemented by mandatory pre-verification that helps to ensure people aren’t finding workarounds to bet if they have opted to exclude themselves from online wagering.
 
“We know there’s still more to do and we’ll keep working closely with states and territories to create a safer environment for Australians at risk of gambling harm.”