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Telephone country and area codes

Area codes

Australia uses eight digit local phone numbers preceded by a two digit STD area code.

Area codes
Area code Region State or territory Capital city
02 Central East New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory Sydney, Canberra
03 South East Victoria, Tasmania Melbourne, Hobart
04 Mobile telephones Australia-wide  
07 North East Queensland Brisbane
08 Central and West Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory Perth, Adelaide, Darwin

Parts of regional New South Wales may also use the 08 and 03 area codes. Parts of regional Victoria may use the 02 area code

Fixed line example calling Canberra from interstate: 02 (local eight digit number).

Country code

The Australian country code is 61. When calling from outside Australia, leave out the leading '0' from the STD area code or from the mobile telephone number.

Fixed line example calling Canberra from outside Australia: +61 2 (local eight digit number)
Example calling a mobile from outside Australia: +61 4 (following eight digits of the mobile number)

The outgoing IDD access code from within Australia is 0011.

Emergency calls

Australia’s primary emergency call service number is Triple Zero: 000 for police/fire/ambulance services in Australia and can be called from any fixed or mobile phone and certain VoIP services.

112 is available from all GSM or GSM derived mobile phones and is automatically translated to the country's emergency number.

It is important to realise that if there is no mobile coverage on any network, you will not be able to reach the emergency call service via a mobile phone, regardless of which number you dialled. See calling the emergency call service from a mobile phone for more information.

106 is the text-based emergency number for people who are deaf, or who have a hearing or speech impairment. This service operates using a textphone (TTY) or a computer with modem access.

See Emergency and disaster assistance for other emergency and disaster phone numbers.

Free call, toll free and premium rate numbers

Australia uses the free call prefix of 18/1800 for calls from land line telephones. Free calls for mobiles to 18/1800 numbers are being introduced; your mobile telephone company can advise whether this change has been made.

There are also 13/1300 numbers which are charged at the cost similar to a local call. Charges for calls to 13/1300 numbers from landline and mobile phones are different. Calls from mobile phones may incur a higher charge.

Similarly, 190x is the prefix for premium rate services such as recorded information, competition lines, etc. These types of calls often have very high rates.

These numbers don't work from outside Australia. See charges for calls to 13/1300 & 18/1800 numbers for more information.

Telephone directories

  • Australian white pages
    Australia-wide alphabetical telephone directory. Search for people and businesses by name.
  • Australian yellow pages
    Australia-wide classified telephone directory. Search for businesses by their products or services.