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Telephone country and area codes

Area codes

Australia uses 8-digit local phone numbers preceded by a 2-digit STD area code.

  • 02 Central east region (New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory)
  • 03 South east region (Victoria, Tasmania)
  • 04 Mobile telephones (Australia-wide)
  • 07 North east region (Queensland)
  • 08 Central and west region (Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory)

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

For example, if you are calling Canberra from interstate, first dial the STD area code 02, then dial the local phone 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.

For example, if you are calling Canberra from outside Australia, first dial your country's international access number, then dial 61, then dial 2, then dial the local phone number.

Emergency calls

000 is the emergency telephone number (fire / police / ambulance) in Australia and can be called from any fixed or mobile phone and certain VoIP services.

112 is a secondary emergency number that can be dialled from mobile phones in Australia. It can be dialled anywhere in the world with Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) coverage and is automatically translated to that 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. The Australian Communications and Media Authority provides further information on calling the emergency call service from a mobile phone.

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.

Free call, toll free and premium rate numbers

Australia uses the free call prefix of 1800 for calls from land line telephones. Calls to 1800 numbers may incur a charge.

Similarly, 190x is the prefix for premium rate services such as recorded information, competition lines, etc.

There are also 13 and 1300 numbers which are charged at the cost similar to a local call. All these types of telephone numbers are not accessible from outside Australia. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has information about charges for calls to 1300 numbers.

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