Online wagering industry body welcomes commencement of BetStop
From today, Australians will be able to opt out of all 150 online licensed wagering providers at once, using BetStop, the National Self-Exclusion Register.
Previously, Australians have been able to self-exclude from individual wagering sites, but with BetStop they will be able to instantly self-exclude from using all online wagering services with the click of a button, for a minimum of three months or permanently.
Responsible Wagering Australia (RWA) CEO Kai Cantwell said that RWA members have been champions of this measure for more than six years and are pleased that it is finally operational.
‘The implementation of BetStop means that all 10 of the National Consumer Protection Framework measures are now up and running, giving customers the power to stay in control of their own gambling behaviour,’ Mr Cantwell said.
‘During the roll out of BetStop, RWA members have worked collaboratively with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to ensure that the highest level of consumer protection is delivered to Australians.
‘RWA provided extensive feedback on the model of BetStop and we are hopeful that our feedback has been taken on board, as any system failures – especially during peak periods such as Melbourne Cup or AFL and NRL finals – would significantly undermine this important service.
‘We look forward to continuing to work with the Government in good faith on a range of safer gambling measures so that Australians can continue to gamble safely in a regulated, onshore market.’
All RWA members will promote BetStop to their customers to ensure that they are aware that the option to self-exclude is always available.
For more information on BetStop please visit: https://www.acma.gov.au/betstop-national-self-exclusion-registertm