Electrical Plug/Socket and Voltage Information

Mains voltage in Australia is 230V 50Hz. Travellers from most nations in Asia, Africa and Europe should have devices/appliances that work on the same mains voltage as Australia – therefore you will not need a voltage converter. Notable exceptions to this are Japan, as well as North America (USA, Canada, and Mexico) which uses 100/120V 50/60Hz.

If your country does not use devices/appliances within the 230V 50Hz mains voltage range, you will need to purchase a voltage converter. This will transform the voltage from the power outlet into one your appliance can use. You will also need a power adapter.

Note: Many modern devices/appliances run on a variety of mains voltages. Your appliance should be marked with this information or mentioned in the product’s instruction booklet. e.g.,a power supply marked as: “Input: AC 1.5A 100-240V 50/60Hz” does not require the use of a voltage converter as it works on a mains voltage range between 100V and 240V.

In addition to power considerations, most visitors to Australia will need to ensure that their devices/appliances have the correct power plug adapter. Australia uses the international Plug Type I standard, which is described further by the International Electrotechnical Commission (see link at right).