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How to call Australia (country code 61)

LAST UPDATE: June 24th, 2018

Call Australia from anywhere in the world

… to a mobile (cellular) phone registered in Australia

Use the same call sequence.

Area codes ‘4’ and ‘5’ are for mobile phones.

Calling to a mobile phone that is registered in Australia but roaming outside of Australia: dial the regular call sequence to an Australian mobile phone.

Calling to a mobile phone user currently roaming in Australia with a phone registered outside of Australia: call the country where the mobile phone is registered.

… to an Australian VoIP (internet) phone

Use the same call sequence.

VoIP numbers use area code ‘5’ and the local number starts with ’50’.

Calling to a VoIP phone registered in Australia with the user roaming outside of Australia: dial the regular call sequence to an Australian VoIP phone.

Calling to a VoIP phone user currently roaming in Australia with a phone registered outside of Australia: call the country where the VoIP phone is registered.

… to an Australian satellite phone

Phone numbers beginning with ’14’ are for Australian satellite phone services. For these phone numbers used the same call sequence.

Most satellite phones operate on their country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their call sequence.

… sending a fax to Australia

Use the same call sequence.

Call within Australia (domestic calling)

‘0’ is used as a long distance trunk prefix for calls between different area codes.

Local calling (within the same area code)

Only dial the eight digit local phone number when calling within the same area code.

eight digits
local phone number

Long distance (between different area codes, or between a land-line and mobile)

Include the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code when dialing long distance in Australia.

0one digiteight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

How Australian phone numbers work

Phone number structure

0one digiteight digits
long distance trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Trunk prefix ‘0’: used when dialing a long distance domestic call (between different area codes). Do not not dial the leading ‘0’ when calling from outside the country.

Area code (one digit): connects the call to a geographic part of the country. Area codes ‘4’ and ‘5’ designate mobile phone numbers. Area code ‘1’ designates special numbers (freephone, local rate, premium, etc.).

Local phone number (eight digits): The local subscriber number.

Example

The Sydney Opera House lists its phone number in Sydney as +61 2 9250 7777.

Number breakdown
6129250 7777
country code for Australiageographic (area) code for central and eastern Australialocal phone number within Sydney
Local example – dialing from another location in Sydney

Only the eight digit local number is dialed.

9250 7777
local phone number
Long distance example – dialing from Perth (on the other side of the country)

Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands use this call sequence as well.

The trunk prefix ‘0’ is used to indicate a call between different area codes.

029250 7777
trunk prefixarea code for central and eastern Australialocal phone number
International example – dialing from outside Australia (including Norfolk Island and the Australian Antarctic Territory)

Dial your country’s exit code, followed by Australia’s country code of ’61’, followed by the local area code (one digit), followed by the local subscriber number (eight digits).

exit code6129250 7777
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Australiaarea code for central and eastern Australialocal phone number

Area codes

The first digit of a nine digit Australian phone number represents the area code.

Area codes by region

Alternate phone services 1
Central East Region (New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory) – including Sydney and Canberra 2
Southeast region (Victoria and Tasmania) – including Melbourne and Hobart 3
Mobile 4
Mobile 5
North-east region (Queensland) – including Brisbane and Gold Coast 7
Central and West region (Southern Australia, Northern Territory, and Western Australia) – including Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Christmas Island, and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands 8
Norfolk Island and the Australian Antarctic Territory +672

Area codes by city

Adelaide 8
Albany 8
Albury 2
Ballarat 3
Bathurst 2
Bendigo 3
Bomaderry 2
Bowral 2
Brisbane 7
Bunbury 8
Bundaberg 7
Busselton 8
Cairns 7
Canberra 2
Coffs Harbour 2
Darwin 8
Devonport 3
Drouin 3
Dubbo 2
Geelong 3
Geraldton 8
Gladstone 7
Gold Coast 7
Hervey Bay 7
Hobart 3
Kalgoorlie-Boulder 8
Launceston 3
Mackay 7
Maitland 8
Melbourne 3
Mildura 3
Mittagong 2
Mooroopna 3
Morwell 3
Newcastle 2
Nowra 2
Orange 2
Perth 8
Port Macquarie 2
Queanbeyan 2
Rockhampton 7
Shepparton 3
Sunshine Coast 7
Sydney 2
Tamworth 2
Tannum Sands 7
Toowoomba 7
Townsville 7
Traralgon 3
Tweed Heads 2
Wagga Wagga 2
Warragul 3
Warrnambool 3
Wentworth 3
Wodonga 2
Wollongong 2

Source: Telecommunications Numbering Plan 2015. (2016). Legislation.gov.au. Retrieved 16 September 2016, from https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2016C00283

Special numbers

Number type Numbers start with… Charge to caller
Toll free (freephone) 180 No charge
Local rate 13 Same as local call
Premium rate 19 Premium rate

Toll-free (freephone), local rate, and premium rate calls are not dialed with a leading ‘0’ when called domestically.

An international call to these numbers may not be possible – search for an alternate local number when calling from overseas.

Calling internationally from Australia

‘0011’ is the international exit code for dialing an international call from Australia.

Australia has the option for international carrier selection.

Carrier selection – Major phone networks (and faxing)

Dialing the normal exit code (‘0011’) will call through the current carrier’s phone network and be billed at their rates.

Replacing ‘0011’ (the exit code) in the dialing sequence with a carrier selection code will route the phone call (and rate) through a different carrier.

Primus 0014
Telstra (with faxing mode) 0015
Telstra 0016
Optus 0019

Carrier Selection – Provider override

Provider override is another type of carrier selection.

To use provider override, dial the override code before the phone number.

For example, dialing to UK number +44 20 7766 7300 would normally be dialed from Australia as 0011 44 20 7766 7300.

With provider override, dial through the Telstra network (for example) by dialing 1411 0011 44 20 7766 7300.

Or, dial through the Primus network (for example) by dialing 1466 0011 44 20 7766 7300.

Provider override also works for domestic calls within Australia.

Telstra 1411
AAPT 1414
GOtalk 1434
Vodafone 1441
Corporate Holdings 1447
Optus 1456
Primus 1466
Powertel 1474
Vocus Communications 1477
Axicorp 1488

Phone books, directories, and number lookup

Business

  • Yellow Pages – The Australian Yellow Pages is a business directory covering all of Australia. It is a category organized directory with primarily business listings. Sensis (formerly wholly owned by Australian phone company Telstra) produces it.
  • dLook – A business directory covering all of Australia. It includes a search (with proximity to a suburb or postal code) as well as a directory listing of many businesses across the country.
  • True Local – Local business directory in operation since 2006. It includes customer reviews and ratings for popular categories.
  • Bluey’s Pages – Local business directory focused on Melbourne in operation since 1993, now expanding to include a national online directory.
  • Local Search – Claiming to be Australia’s largest independent & Australian owned search company, Local Search focuses on the areas of Queensland, New South Wales, and the Northern Territory.
  • Nationwide Business Directory of Australia – Business directory founded in 1989. It includes information on government and indigenous resources across Australia.
  • Erstaz Australia Online Business Directory – A business directory where businesses can submit their listings. It has a national search as well as regional searches.
  • Directory.com.au – A business directory of Australia.

Residential

Reverse Lookup

  • Australia Lookup – Reverse lookup service for Australia, allowing a search by name and state as well as phone number.
  • Reverse Australia – A reverse directory for Australia, including popular number lookup.Includes comments and individual feedback on specific numbers (to help identify callers using private numbers) as well as descriptions of calling activity.
  • Reverse Phones Australia – Search Australian phone data by phone number. It includes an advanced search by address or postal code.
  • Australia Reverse Phone Lookup – A website where users can comment on ownership of an Australian phone number.

Government

  • Australian Government directory (also available in a mobile version) – Directory for federal departments and ministers, as well as courts, judges, parliament, and the governor general. It also includes links to state and territorial directories in Australia.
  • Australian Capital Territory Government directory – Search by name, organization, or function, as well as different government departments. There is also a list of popular directory listings.
  • Northern Territory Government contact list – A list of government agencies in the Northern Territory. Each department may (or may not) have an individual directory listed for its members – for example, Parliament has its directory.
  • New South Wales Government directory – Covering directory services as well as direct links to popular services used in New South Wales
  • Queensland Government directory – Including contacts for state parliament, government departments, the premier, state government departments, local government departments, and even mail merge lists for different groups within the Queensland government structure.
  • South Australia Government directory – Contact information for the premier and ministers of the South Australian government, members of parliament, as well as state government departments and local council contact information.
  • Tasmania Government directory – Search or browse the Tasmanian Government directory. It includes contacts for all ministers and members of parliament, as well as employees and government departments.
  • Victoria Government directory – Contact information for the cabinet and members of the legislative assembly, as well as different government departments within the State of Victoria, including the court system.
  • Western Australia Government directory – Contact information for major government bodies, departments, and officials, as well as an A to Z index of government contacts and services.

Other

Sources and more resources