The self-exclusion program is designed to allow those gamblers who know they have a gambling problem to take an active step in their own recovery. Generally, this occurs after a player realizes that they are spending too much time or money in the casino. They can then approach casino staff, which will then be able to guide them on how to register themselves in the self-exclusion program.
If an individual tells a casino that they would like to be placed on their exclusion list, the casino will immediately take action: their membership card for the casino is cancelled, and the gambler is provided with information on where they can get counselling and how to recognize and potentially control a compulsive gambling habit.
From that point on, the player is banned from the casino. Exactly what this means varies between Australian casinos; some only ban the individuals from the playing floor, while others will stop those on the list from entering their venue at all. Those who put themselves on exclusion lists authorize casino personnel to remove them from the premises, and allow their personal information and photographs to be circulated inside the casino in order to aid casino staff in preventing them from playing.
Interestingly, many online casinos offer self-exclusion programs as well. If players feel as though they need help in preventing their online casino habit, most sites will allow for agreements to be made that will prevent the player from betting real money on the site – either permanently, or for a predetermined amount of time.