Self-exclusion (or self-banning) is a voluntary process where a person with a gambling concern excludes themselves from areas of specific gambling venues, or online providers.
It can provide a concrete tool to help keep you safe from excessive gambling.
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 entering the premises of 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.
Self-exclusion is not available from sites registered outside Australia.
There are no costs involved and there is a minimum period of exclusion agreed upon when you join a program.
Information about how to arrange self-exclusion is available at venues and Australian gambling websites. For online sites, you are able to download and complete a self-exclusion application form from the sites. In general search under Responsible Gambling or Self-Exclusion.
Some examples with links are provided below:
Here are some ways you can try to self-exclude depending on how you gamble:
Club, hotel and casino self-exclusion process
For venue self-exclusion, you will generally have an interview, sign a deed of self-exclusion, which nominates the venue/s or areas of a venue you will be excluded from. By signing the deed you agree that you will not enter the restricted gaming area and give staff permission to remove you if you enter.
At the interview you will have your photograph taken. This photo is only available to appropriate staff members of the nominated gaming venue/s so they can help enforce the self exclusion.
If you decide to self-exclude, your details are treated with discretion at all times. There is no charge for self-exclusion from gaming venues or online gambling.
Who do I contact?
Different states and territories have different regulations, time frames and methods of participation.
For information and procedures on how to exclude yourself from the different providers in your area, visit your state or territory page.
You can also find out more by chatting with one of our counsellors – start by signing up today.
Online Gambling filtering products
Please note we do not have any affiliation with any of these products and have no control over how they operate or their effectiveness.
Some people have found the following software filtering products that try to block access to international websites not under Australian regulation useful:
Internet Activity Monitoring software packages are also available. These products are often used by parents wanting to prevent underage children accessing sites, but may be an option for people trying to limit their gambling.
Examples of these include:
Block ads with AdBlock Plus
AdBlock Plus is a free extension for web browsers that blocks ads from appearing on webpages. AdBlock Plus disables a range of advertising while you browse the web, including banners, YouTube ads, pop-ups and social media ads.
It is free and currently available to use with:
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
Visit the AdBlock Plus website for download links for all browsers and more information on the features it provides.
iPhone, iPad and Android Gambling
There are also apps available to block iPhone, iPad and Android gambling. Search in the app store for gambling block and see what you can find.
Steps to block gambling content on an iPhone:
- The first step is to open up Settings. This can be accessed from your iPhone’s Home Screen
- Next, select General
- Now, you need to click on Restrictions
- If you have already enabled your iPhone’s Restrictions, you will need to enter your Passcode. Otherwise, you need to enable Restrictions, and create a new passcode
- Under the Allowed Content, you need to click on Websites
- The next step is to click on Add A Website. You will see this listed under Never Allow
- The last step is to click Done. The website will now be blocked
- You can repeat this for all the sites you want to block.