Industry rules are released for gambling self-exclusion register in Australia

July 13, 2022 6:44 PM
  • Maeve Bannister, Australian Associated Press, Associated Press
July 13, 2022 6:44 PM
  • Maeve Bannister, Australian Associated Press, Associated Press

Bookmakers are on notice ahead of new rules to help Australians combat gambling addiction. A national gambling self-exclusion register is one step closer to being rolled out and the communications watchdog has released the industry rule book for its operation.

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BetStop, a free service set to be launched by the end of the year, will allow people to self-register to be barred from all Australian licensed online and phone betting services. This includes betting on horse racing and sports.

The rules will require bookies to promote the BetStop service through their websites, apps and marketing.

Betting agencies will need to find out if their customers are on the register; if they are, gambling operators must stop offering services and close their accounts.