Rachel explains how to stop telemarketers from contacting you.
What is the Do Not Call Register?
The Do Not Call Register is run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). If you put your phone or fax number on the register telemarketers and fax marketers are required by law to stop contacting you.
Who can sign up?
Any number which is primarily used for personal purposes, any lines which are solely for sending and receiving faxes, either business or personal, and numbers which are exclusively for use by a government body. This means you can put your home number, fax line or mobile number on the register.
Will this stop all telemarketing calls?
Unfortunately not, but it will reduce the number you receive drastically. Any business you have a prior relationship with will still be able to call you. If you wish to stop receiving calls from the business you just have to ask the person who calls you to remove your details from the business’s system.
Charities, political parties and educational institutions are also exempt, so that they can continue to provide services to the community.
Are international companies exempt?
No, the Do Not Call Register Act 2006 makes it illegal for any Australian or international telemarketer or fax marketer to contact a number listed on the register.
Click NEXT to find out what to do if you still get calls, and what is considered to be 'telemarketing'
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