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Choose your phone number

You can ask your telco to give you a specific phone number for your personal use. You can also buy a custom number for your business. 

Types of phone numbers

There are 6 main types of phone numbers in Australia:

Geographic numbers are mainly for local or landline services. They have 10 digits and start with one of the following:

  • 02
  • 03
  • 07
  • 08

Digital mobile numbers are for mobile phone services. They have 10 digits and start with 04.

Local rate numbers have one of the following:

  • 10 digits that start with 1300
  • 6 digits that start 13

Freephone numbers have one of the following:

  • 10 digits that start with 1800
  • 7 digits that start with 180

Smartnumbers are catchy numbers that make it easier for people to remember a business. Smartnumbers have one of the following:

  • 10 digits that start with 1300 and 1800
  • 6 digit numbers that start with 13

Premium rate numbers have one of the following:

  • 10 digits, 9 digits or 6 digits that start with 190
  • 6 digits or 8 digits that start with 19

Your telco sets the phone call charges for the service connected to your number.

Register for updates from our numbering system to learn about changes to numbers. For example, when we release the new 05 number prefix for mobile phone services.

You can check which telco has numbers at the Numbering System.

Choose a personal number

Ask your telco if you want:

  • a specific number to use straight away
  • to reserve a number to use in the future

Your telco does not have to agree to your request.

Calling line identification (CLI)

Your CLI is the number that is shown to the person being called when you make a call. You can make your phone number more private if you don’t want this number to be displayed.

Some businesses want to display a particular number as the CLI when they call customers. This makes make it easy for customers to identify them and call back.  This is called ‘CLI overstamping’, and it is legal in Australia—as long as it is not being used for phone scams

Talk to your telco if you want to use your particular number when making outgoing calls to customers.

Use phone numbers for fiction

Do not use real phone numbers in radio, books, films and television. People often call them.

We have phone numbers you can use for the work you publish or broadcast.

 

 

Phone numbers you can use

You can use the following prefixes and first 4 digits, then any 4 digits you like (shown here as 'xxxx').

Region

Number range

Central East (covering NSW and ACT)

(02) 5550 xxxx and (02) 7010 xxxx

South East (covering VIC and TAS)

(03) 5550 xxxx and (03) 7010 xxxx

North East (covering QLD)

(07) 5550 xxxx and (07) 7010 xxxx

Central West (covering SA, WA and NT)

(08) 5550 xxxx and (08) 7010 xxxx

  • 0491 570 006
  • 0491 570 156
  • 0491 570 157
  • 0491 570 158
  • 0491 570 159
  • 0491 570 110
  • 0491 570 313
  • 0491 570 737
  • 0491 571 266
  • 0491 571 491
  • 0491 571 804
  • 0491 572 549
  • 0491 572 665
  • 0491 572 983
  • 0491 573 770
  • 0491 573 087
  • 0491 574 118
  • 0491 574 632
  • 0491 575 254
  • 0491 575 789
  • 0491 576 398
  • 0491 576 801
  • 0491 577 426
  • 0491 577 644
  • 0491 578 957
  • 0491 578 148
  • 0491 578 888
  • 0491 579 212
  • 0491 579 760
  • 0491 579 455
  • 1800 160 401
  • 1800 975 707
  • 1800 975 708
  • 1800 975 709
  • 1800 975 710
  • 1800 975 711
  • 1300 975 707
  • 1300 975 708
  • 1300 975 709
  • 1300 975 710
  • 1300 975 711

Register of other numbers

The following types of numbers are not allocated through the ACMA’s numbering system:

  • International signalling point codes (ISPCs)
  • Issuer identifier numbers (IINs)
  • Mobile network codes (MNCs)
  • Network colour codes (NCCs)

Applications for these numbers can be made by completing one of the forms below and submitting to numbering@acma.gov.au

T041 International signalling point codes (Transfer)

T058 Mobile network codes (Application and surrender)

T059 International signalling point codes (Application and

surrender)

The Register of Other Numbers lists the currently allocated and available numbers for each of these types of numbers.

Help with numbers

For help with numbers, contact numbering system support or call ZOAK Solutions (ZOAK) on 1300 463 580.

ZOAK manages our numbering system on our behalf.

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