The Morrison government will be putting forward legislation that will allow people to ban themselves from all online gambling sites.
An online National Self-Exclusion Register aims to reduce gambling-related harm and is a key measure within the National Consumer Protection Framework, it says.
"As much as possible government policy should preserve Australians' ability to enjoy a punt while putting in place sensible and targeted measures to prevent and support gamblers facing significant risks of harm," Families and Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said in a statement on Sunday.
She said the proposed register is a voluntary process where an individual can ban themselves from using all interactive wagering services across state boundaries for a period ranging from three months or permanently through one simple process.
"It is a measure that we believe will motivate gamblers to have periods where they do not gamble online at all as a way of changing their behaviour and minimising the risk they face of gambling-related harm," Senator Ruston said.
Under the register, interactive wagering service providers would be prohibited from directly advertising and promoting to a person registered for self-exclusion.
Upon registration for self-exclusion, all funds held in a consumer's active accounts must be returned to that consumer once all wagers and bets are settled and the account must then be closed.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority would be responsible for the implementation of the register once it is implemented.
Australian Associated Press