How to use Australia area code

One of the greatest inventions in our lives is the telephone and the telephone network. Thanks to this invention, we have saved a lot of costs and time in communication and connection with people around the world.

To connect successfully with people in different regions in a particular country, it is extremely important to divide and arrange international area codes as well as area codes in provinces. Area codes make it easier to make calls without confusion. The following information will show you area codes of Australia and states in this country.

What is the area code for Australia?

Area code is the series of prefixed phone numbers which is the representative of Australia and each state, locality in this country. The area code for a region and state or territory in Australia has two digits, while the area code for a locality in the state or territory has one to two digits added, so the area code for a locality can have three to four digits.

  • Australian Country Code (for overseas originated calls): 61
  • Outgoing IDD access code (from within Australia): 0011

The Country Code for Australia is also written like +61. The + sign on a mobile phone replaces the dial out code.

Australia Area Code List by regions

Divided by region, there are 4 area codes in Australia respectively 02, 03, 07, and 08. The table below contains information about the region corresponding to each area code, as well as states and capital cities within it.

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

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

So if a phone number in Queensland is 12345678. (not a real phone number)

When dialed from interstate, it is 07 12345678

The Australian Country Code is 61. When calling from outside Australia, leave out the leading “0” from the area code or from the mobile telephone number.

So, when calling Australia from overseas, a phone number is:

(your country outgoing IDD access code) + 61 7 12345678

Area codes of major cities/regions in Australia

Given below is a list of area codes for calling Australia's major cities/regions.

* Ignore the number within the bracket while calling Australia from another country. The number within the bracket is to be dialed along with area code only while calling within Australia

# Area Name Area Code
1 Adelaide (0)8
2 Albany (0)8
3 Australian Capital Territory (0)2
4 Australian Capital Territory (0)7
5 Canberra (0)2
6 Central and West region (0)8
7 Central East region (0)2
8 Hamilton (0)3
9 Melbourne (0)3
10 New South Wales (0)2
11 Northeast region (0)7
12 Northern Territory (0)8
13 Perth (0)8
14 Queensland (0)7
15 South Australia (0)8
16 Southeast region (0)3
17 Sydney (0)2
18 Tasmania (0)3
19 Victoria (0)3

How to write an Australian mobile number with area code

If you are in Australia you write your phone number in an international format like this: dial-in code + phone number including area code minus the 0.

For example, if your phone number in Sydney is (02) 1234 5678, then your international phone number in Australia is written like this 61 2 1234 5678.

For mobile phones, this is usually written as +61 4 1234 5678. The + sign shows the correct international dial-out code has been used.

What are the area codes for states in Australia?

Australia is divided into eight states and territories. The area code division between these states and territories is based on the region to which they belong. As a result, states and territories sharing the same area code as New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will exist. However, there are some cases where there are two area codes, such as Victoria.

What are the city area codes in Australia?

Australia has a total of 136 localities, which correspond to 126 area codes of 3 to 4 digits. As a result, some areas will have more than one area code, while others will have the same area code.

The importances of area codes in Australia

To connect successfully with people in different regions in a particular country, it is extremely important to divide and arrange international area codes as well as area codes in provinces. Area codes make it easier to make calls without confusion.

It is hard to manage a huge number of telephone numbers in different areas in Australia. Therefore, area codes and telephone number planning in Australia were implemented in order to establish an effective and efficient framework for the allocation and portability of numbers and optimize the supply of telephone services as well as the usage in connection with the supply of carriage services to the public in Australia.

Emergency telephone calls in Australia

In Australia, some special phone numbers are used in domestic dialing to give urgent advice in life-threatening situations for Australians. It is typically a three-digit number in order that Australians can easily remember and dial quickly. 000 is the primary emergency telephone number. The other emergency number is 106 which is used for the hearing impaired with a TTY terminal. The third one is the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112.

How to make an international call from Australia?

The international phone system allows people to make a phone call internationally. An international phone call is made up of three parts:

Country code + Area Code + Phone Number

There are some situations when making an international call:

  • Making an International call from Australia

To make an international call from Australia to the UK phone number 07 999 999 999.

The Country Code for the UK is +44

The Australia dial-out code (the exit code). Each country has its own exit code, for Australia is 0011.

Follow the international format like this: the Australian exit code + the country code + the phone number

Dropping the first "0".

Call: 0011 44 7 999 999 999.

  • Dialing an Australian number from Overseas

The caller is in Uk and wants to call the number 9999 9999 in New South Wales.

The Country Code for Australia is +61

The Area Code for New South Wales above is 02

Follow the international format like this: Country code + Area Code + Phone Number

Remove the first "0".

Call: +61 2 9999 9999

The + sign on a mobile phone replaces the dial-out code.

How to make a mobile call to Australia from overseas?

Calling a mobile number in Australia from New Zealand follows the same process as calling a landline, except dropping the leading "0" from the area code.

Why did the call to Australia not work?

To a call to Australia is going through, users have to ensure that:

  • The local number you're dialing is correct.
  • Using the correct dialing format (country's exit code, Australia's country code, the area code, then the local number)
  • Dropping off the "0" in the area code when calling from outside Australia.

How to search for a phone number on What called me au?

Find information of telephone numbers by searching at the WhocalledmeAU. For instance

  • On your browser's search bar, navigate to
  • Click on the search bar on the website interface to access the mobile phone book.
  • Input phone number you want to search for.
  • Click the "Search" button

Results page will appear after searching. If that phone number’s information is stored in the database of Who called me au, it immediately tells you what type of phone and information which are linked to the number.

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