Self-exclusion is a program that enables a person to ban themselves from gaming venues and/or internet gambling. For anyone feeling that their gambling is becoming a problem it can provide a concrete tool to help keep safe.
All Australian gambling providers are required to provide customers with the option to self-exclude from their venue or products. So whether someone wants to ban themselves from going to venues such as clubs, pubs or TABs or from placing a bet on gambling websites such as SportsBet, TattsBet or Tattersall's, self-exclusion is available.
There are no costs involved in the process and the individual chooses which venues, casinos or websites to be excluded from. There is a minimum period agreed upon and once this time expires the person applies to have their gambling account re-opened or to be able to enter the gaming area of a venue.
BetCare is one example of a self-exclusion program that provides members with the ability to self-exclude from a number of TABs and clubs/hotels in Victoria or NSW, as well as suspending their TAB betting (telephone or internet) account. There are similar programs across all states/territories in Australia, with each having their own specific procedures.
Further information about how to arrange self-exclusion is available at venues and Australian gambling websites and in many instances you can download and complete a self-exclusion application form from these sites. If you are interested in having a look some examples with links are provided below:
Gambling Filtering Products
There are specific software filtering products available for purchase to block access to gambling sites on your desktop and mobile devices. Depending on the type of gambling, these products may offer additional protection, as they block access to international websites not under Australian regulation. Examples include GamBlock, Betfilter and TXNoGam.
Internet Activity Monitoring software packages are also available. These products often target parents wanting to prevent underage children accessing the site but are also an option for callers. Examples of these include: