|This stamp issue is designed to heighten public
awareness for phoning Triple Zero. It has been
estimated that in approximately 60 per cent of cases
people who phone 000 do so for the wrong reasons.|
In Australia, Triple Zero (000) is the primary national
emergency number. It puts Australians in contact with
the police, fire and ambulance services during a life or
property-threatening, time-critical emergency.
Knowing how to call Triple Zero in an emergency can
be the difference between life and death. There are
three key messages to remember when calling Triple
Zero. These are:
It is essential the caller tells the operator the
emergency service required and where they are calling
from. Remembering these instructions ensures the
caller receives the right emergency service
in the quickest time possible.
- stay focused
- stay relevant
- stay on line.
In 1961, the office of the Postmaster General (PMG)
introduced the 000 number in major population
centres, and near the end of the 1980s extended its
coverage nationwide. The number