Do Not Call register dials up new milestone

A million numbers added to register in last 12 months

Another 1 million Australian numbers have been signed up to the Do Not Call Register in the space of 12 months. The Australian Communications and Media Authority revealed this morning that the register now numbers 9 million.

Two-thirds of Australian homes with fixed lines have signed up to the register, and close to 4 million mobile phone numbers have been added.

The Do Not Call Register was created in May 2007, after the federal parliament passed legislation in June a year earlier. Since the register was created, some 5000 warnings have been issued to businesses for breaches. According to the ACMA, over 80 per cent of businesses issued warnings do not reoffend.

"The size of the register is an overwhelming endorsement of its effectiveness in significantly reducing telemarketing calls," ACMA chairperson, Chris Chapman, said in a statement.

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