'Do Not Call' Registrations Extended To Eight Years

If you've held off from joining the Do Not Call Register for some reason, there's now an added incentive to get your act together: the government has just extended the registration period to eight years. That's nearly a decade of interruption-free nirvana.

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The Do Not Call Register is a free service supplied by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) that allows phone users to block telemarketing calls. Once your numbers are listed on the register, telemarketers and fax marketers must not contact you by law. Originally lasting for five years, the registration period has now been extended to eight.

"Any new registrations will be valid for the new period, making life easier for Australians wishing to opt out of telemarketing calls and marketing faxes, long term,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman in a statement.

Naturally, the extension to eight years will also automatically apply to phone numbers that are already on the register. If you haven't registered yet, you can do so by calling 1300 792 958 or paying a visit to the Do Not Call website.

According to the ACMA, approximately 8.5 million numbers are currently registered to the service, with around 90 per cent of households reporting a noticeable reduction in unsolicited telemarketing calls after registration.

Now if only they could find a way to also block charities. No really.

See also: Telcos Worst Offenders For Ignoring Do Not Call Register


Comments

    You mean block all calls including charities and political organisations!
    Best thing we ever did was make our home phone VoIP send all calls directly to voicemail with no rings.
    Now I do get charity spam calls on my mobile!!! :(

      I just answer the phone with "you have reached a private number on the do not call register". They either hangup immediately, or apologise then hangup.

      Stupid Telstra's fault for publishing our private number though, even though it's private again now the charities have got it...

    The do not call register is useless as long as charities are still permitted to ignore it. Charity organisations are bloodthirsty leeches that are responsible for the overwhelming majority of nuisance calls.

    I have to agree with most here. Ever since I registered on the DNCR it seems the exempt charities now flood my phone with requests. Whilst I'm all for charities there seems to be an onslaught of them these days. Via phone, junk mail, door to door, shopping centres and even right at the front door of some shops. Most of the time it's the same ones too.

    Why do we have a DNCR?? It should instead be a Please Call Register where you must register to receive calls. Why should I make the effort to stop something I never asked for or wanted in the first place?

    If they won't make it apply to charities, they should at least make it apply to companies hired by the charities to collect money. They're the annoying ones. They get up to 95% of money you "donate" for up to 2 years. They have a big incentive. The charities that collect themselves aren't that bad.

    Does not appear to be the case. Just registered a number and got:

    "Your registration expires in six years on 18-April-2019."

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