Dial emergency in Australia

February 26, 2008

000 is Australia’s primary emergency service number and should be used to access emergency assistance from fixed, mobile and payphones in the first instance. 911 does NOT work in Australia.

112 is the standard emergency service number only for use with GSM digital mobile phones. It can be dialled:

  • in any area that your mobile service provider has GSM network coverage (but try 000 first)
  • in areas where you are out of your service provider’s coverage area but in another mobile carrier’s coverage area
  • from anywhere overseas where there is GSM digital coverage (the call will be automatically transferred to that country’s emergency number)
  • without having to unlock the phone, or key in a security-protection PIN; and it doesn’t require a SIM card to work.

There is no cost to make an emergency call from a mobile phone.

More information is available from:

[This article was first published in the September 2004 CyberText newsletter; web link updated December 2007]

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