Telephones

There are two major telephone service providers in Australia - Telstra and Optus. Telstra has traditionally carried all local phone calls, but now both Telstra and Optus compete for local and long distance calls.

Public phones can be found throughout the Perth metropolitan area, in shopping centres and at the airports. International (ISD) calls and long distance calls (STD) can be made easily from public phones by dialing the area or country code in front of the number. These call charges may vary according to time and distance. Check the phone book or call your telephone company for the latest rates. Local calls made from a public phone are charged a fee of 40 cents.

Depending on the type of public phone, calls may be able to be paid with coins, phonecards, or credit cards. The blue and yellow phones will only accept coins. Phonecards come in different denominations from $5 up to $50. These cards are available at most newsagents and convenience stores.

Although Perth has a set time difference between cities, other Capital Cities vary their times depending on what time of year it is. This is due to the "daylight savings" concept which is enforced in Eastern States where the time is set back one hour in order to have more hours of daylight.

Also remember that Christian, Muslim and Jewish working weeks are not the same, and that religious festivals and other public holidays will vary from one country to another.

Telephone numbers beginning with 1800 and 13 can only be dialed from within Australia, and should not be prefixed with an area code. Phone numbers beginning with 1800 are toll free (a small charge may be applicable if the call is made from a cellular phone), where phone numbers beginning with 13 cost no more than a local call from anywhere in Australia.

The White Pages® Directory for Australia can be found at www.whitepages.com.au . The White Pages® Directory allow you to search for residential, business or government departments anywhere in Australia.

The Yellow Pages® Directory for Australia can be found at www.yellowpages.com.au . The Yellow Pages® Directory is a comprehensive directory listing business and government departments.

You may also like to purchase a sim card to place in your phone if you are here for an extended period of time.

Emergency Numbers
Police 000
Fire 000
Ambulance 000
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Area Codes in Australia
Australian Capital Territory 02
New South Wales 02
Northern Territory 08
Queensland 07
South Australia 08
Tasmania 03
Victoria 03
Western Australia 08
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Directory Assistance
Local Number 031
National Numbers 0175
International Numbers 0103
Call charges 0102
Operated assisted calls 011
International calls 0101
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Dial it services
Country Weather 1195
Foreign Exchange 11618
International Flights 131223
Metro Weather 1196
Metro Boating Weather 11541
Time 1194
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International Calls

(note: the international dialing codes are correct if you are calling from Western Australia)
Country Int. Dial Code
Argentina 0011 54
Australia 0011 61
Austria 0011 43
Bahrain 0011 973
Bangladesh 0011 880
Belgium 0011 32
Bermuda 0011 1 441
Bosnia Hercegovina 0011 387
Brazil 0011 55
Brunei Darussalam 0011 673
Cambodia 0011 855
Canada 0011 1
Central African Republic 0011 236
China 0011 86
Christmas Island 61
Cocos Islands 61
Colombia 0011 57
Cook Islands 0011 682
Croatia 0011 385
Cuba 0011 53
Czech Republic 0011 420
Denmark 0011 45
Egypt 0011 20
Fiji 0011 679
France 0011 33
French Polynesia 0011 689
Germany 0011 49
Greece 0011 30
Greenland 0011 299
Guinea 0011 224
Haiti 0011 509
Hong Kong 0011 852
Hungary 0011 36
India 0011 91
Indonesia 0011 62
Iran 0011 98
Iraq 0011 964
Ireland Republic of 0011 353
Israel 0011 972
Italy 0011 39
Jamaica 0011 1 876
Japan 0011 81
Jordan 0011 962
Kenya 0011 254
Korea (North) 0011 850
Korea (South) 0011 82
Kuwait 0011 965
Laos 0011 856
Madagascar 0011 261
Malaysia 0011 60
Maldives 0011 960
Mauritius 0011 230
Mexico 0011 52
Morocco 0011 212
Myanmar (Burma) 0011 95
Nepal 0011 977
New Caledonia 0011 687
New Zealand 0011 64
Nicaragua 0011 505
Pakistan 0011 92
Papua New Guinea 0011 675
Philippines 0011 63
Poland 0011 48
Russia 0011 7
Samoa (USA) 0011 685
Samoa Western 0011 685
Saudi Arabia 0011 966
Seychelles 0011 248
Singapore 0011 65
South Africa 0011 27
Spain 0011 34
Sri Lanka 0011 94
Sweden 0011 46
Switzerland 0011 41
Taiwan 0011 886
Thailand 0011 66
United Kingdom 0011 44
USA 0011 1
Vietnam 0011 84
Yugoslavia 0011 381
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