Telecom consumer group ACCAN has called on the government to make urgent changes to the Do Not Call Register, lest millions of households lose their protection against telemarketing calls.
There is a little-known loophole in the legislation that limits registrations to a period of three years, ACCAN CEO Allan Asher said, so the more than 1 million numbers initially ascribed to the register are set to drop off in May.
“The flood gates to intrusive and unwanted telemarketing calls are about to open for millions of people who are unaware that their telephone number is about to be kicked off the Do Not Call Register,” he said.
ACCAN called for the re-registration requirements to be stricken from the legislation.
Only 25% of people signed up to the register know that their registration has an expiry date, ACCAN said. Around 4.1 million numbers – or one in three Australian households – are currently signed up to the register.