8-digit geographic telephone numbers explained
A dramatic growth in Australia's phone system, especially in rapidly growing
areas like the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sydney led to the need to create
With increased demand for additional phone services fax machines, pagers and
mobile phones, as well as new phone companies, we are simply running out of
To remedy this, phone and fax numbers were given an extra one or two digits,
so that all geographic numbers are now eight digit numbers
with a two digit area code. Special services such as "000"
emergency, "13" and "1800" numbers and mobiles were not subject to eight digit
This directory contains general information about Australia's new eight
digit numbering implementation. For a particular telephone customer's numbers,
refer to Telstra's White Pages™.
The previous 54 area codes that were previously in use across the country
are now simplified down to just four.
The following are now the four area codes in use:
- (03) South East Region covering Victoria, Tasmania and
some New South Wales border areas.
- (08) Central and West Region covering Western
Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia and some New South Wales
- (02) Central East Region covering New South Wales, the
Australian Capital Territory and some Victorian and Queensland border
- (07) North East Region covering Queensland and some
New South Wales border areas.
The earlier 54 area codes have been sorted into a State or Region format to
enable easier access.
NB: Broken Hill (NSW) changes with South Australia. Wodonga and surrounds
(VIC) changed with NSW.
Due to the large number of Australian towns, the location listing is split
alphabetically - click on a letter that is at the beginning of the name of the