230 V
50 Hz

If you’re travelling to Australia, you don’t want to be without power. So, make sure you have the correct power plug adapter and, depending on your country of origin, a necessary voltage convertor. We provide up-to-date information on all the types of electrical outlets used in Australia as well as their standard voltage and frequency. 

Power plug types in Australia

Australia uses one plug and socket type – I.

Type I

Plug Type I

Other countries that share this type of plug is New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Some of the main areas for travellers in Australia include Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.   

Voltage and frequency of electricity in Australia

Australia has a standard electricity voltage of 230 volts and a frequency of 50 hertz. You need to be careful when it comes to different electrical voltages and frequencies. If you’re coming from a country that has a lower standard voltage such at 127 Volts you will likely need a voltage converter. If the frequency of your device is not 50 hertz like in Australia, it’s recommended not to use it without a voltage converter which also changes the frequency (hertz). Some devices will show a range of volts and hertz which means they can more easily be used in different countries without the risk of damage. 

Do I need a power plug adapter for Australia? 

Select the country you’re traveling from to find out what plug adapter you need for Australia:

Check plug type

If you’re not just traveling to Australia and want a travel adapter that works in any country in the world you can save yourself the hassle of buying many adapters and get a universal travel adapter.

Photos of Australian power plugs and sockets

Australian power socket
Australian power socket
Australian power plug
Australian power plug

Electricity in Australia

Australia is renowned for its abundant supply of resources that can be used for generating electricity; however, this has also led to an increased reliance on traditional forms of production over renewables. Electricity in Australia is primarily generated through the combustion of fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas. Other sources of electricity generation include wind, solar, hydroelectricity and nuclear power.

Though progress is being made towards diversifying their energy sources and reducing emissions from energy production, more needs to be done if Australia is to meet its commitment of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Solar panels are becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners looking to reduce their electricity bills. The Australian government has introduced a range of initiatives to encourage renewable energy generation, such as feed-in tariffs and other subsidy schemes. In addition, investment in infrastructure is essential for delivering reliable clean energy to more Australians.

Power plug and electricity information has been collected from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the relevant electrical standards from individual countries. Anything we missed on power plugs in Australia? Please leave us a reply.