How to call from Australia

The Australian phone system includes Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (but not Norfolk Island or the Australian Antarctic Territory). Calls from Australia to Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are dialed as a domestic Australian phone call. Calls to all other regions (including Norfolk Island and the Australian Antarctic Territory) are placed using the international call sequence.

International dialing sequence

Calling to an international location from Australia follows the basic international call sequence of:

0011one to three digit numberremaining numbers
Australian exit codedestination country codelocal phone number

First: Dial ‘0011’: The international switchboard is reached from Australia by dialing exit code ‘0011’.

Next: Dial the country code of the country being phoned: Country codes are 1 to 3 digits.

Next: Dial the destination local phone number: Local phone numbers vary in length depending on the country being called.

… from a mobile phone

Use the same call sequence.

When calling from an Australian mobile phone while roaming outside of Australia, dial the call sequence as if calling from the country where mobile phone is currently located.

When calling from a non-Australian mobile phone while roaming inside of Australia, dial the call sequence as if calling from Australia.

… from a VoIP phone

Use the same call sequence.

When calling from an Australian VoIP phone while roaming outside of Australia, dial the call sequence as if calling from Australia.

When calling from a non-Australian VoIP phone while located inside of Australia, dial the call sequence as if calling from the country where the VoIP phone is registered.

… from a satellite phone

Use the same call sequence.

Most satellite phone systems have their own country code and calling sequence independent of Australia’s.

… sending a fax

Use the same call sequence.

Domestic calling sequence

see the “domestic calling” section on our “How to call Australia” page.

Carrier selection

Australia has the option for international 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

Provider override

Provider override is another type of carrier selection.

With provider override, the override code is dialed before the phone number is dialed.

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, this number would be dialed through the Telstra network by dialing 1411 0011 44 20 7766 7300.

The number would be dialed through the Primus network by dialing 1466 0011 44 20 7766 7300.

Provider override can also be used 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

Call sequence to all countries of the world

For specific calling instructions for each country, see the specific country’s calling page.

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