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.