In its latest report, ACMA says there’s been a “robust embrace” of the register, with over 10 million numbers now registered representing around two-third of Australian residences with fixed-line telephones and almost 4.3 million mobile numbers.
And, according to ACMA, nearly 90% of consumers on the register after registration reported receiving significantly fewer unsolicited telemarketing calls.
‘These results demonstrate that Australians view the register as a really practical and effective way of reducing unsolicited telemarketing calls and marketing faxes,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.
It is illegal for most unsolicited telemarketing calls and marketing faxes to be made to numbers on the register.
Chapman says, however, that the ACMA follows a graduated approach to compliance and enforcement of the Do Not Call Register legislation, and this approach works - in 2013-14, 92% of businesses contacted by the ACMA about their compliance with the Do Not Call rules were the cause of no further complaints.
“It’s reassuring that an overwhelming majority of businesses making telemarketing calls do the right thing. But for those that don’t, the ACMA continues to take decisive action for unsolicited telemarketing calls and marketing faxes.”
Australian mobile and home phone numbers used primarily for private or domestic purposes, as well as fax numbers, are eligible to be registered, and to register your numbers visit the Do Not Call website, or call 1300 792 958.
The ACMA also encourages the reporting of any telemarketing calls or marketing faxes received after 30 days of registering your numbers.