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Christmas Island information

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Airport transfers
Taxi service
Health
Police
Australian Border Force
Quarantine services
Postal services
Banking
Education
Indian Ocean Group Training
Electricity
Water
Telephone
TV/Radio

Airport Transfers

Airport Transfers may be arranged direct with Indian Ocean Experiences on +61 (0) 439 215 667

$25 one way
$35 return
Minimum 2 people
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Taxi Service

The Christmas Island Taxi Service is avaialble:

Tue-Thur: 6:30am - midnight
Fri & Sat: 6:30am - 2:00am
Sun: 7:30am - 11:00pm
(Closed Monday)

For bookings, please call 0439 215 644

Airport Transfers may be available upon request.

Health

The Indian Ocean Territories Health Service offers a wide range of medical, nursing and allied health services. Qualified medical, nursing and ancillary health workers provide these services. The health facilities are modern and well equipped, and include an accident and emergency department, consulting rooms, laboratory, dental clinic, 8 inpatient beds, x-ray and ultrasound facilities. Patients requiring specialist care are assisted in their travel to the mainland, and emergency cases are evacuated to Perth through the RFDS. It is important that all visitors to the Island have appropriate travel insurance to cover emergency evacuation from Christmas Island. Obstetric patients are referred to the mainland for delivery in Perth during the last four weeks of pregnancy. These patients and their spouses are assisted with their travel costs to Perth.

 Health Services available:

  • Primary Health Care
  • Dedicated Primary Health nurse
  • Dedicated Community Health nurse
  • Comprehensive General Practice
  • Medical screening
  • Basic in-patient care
  • Basic radiology including visiting radiographer
  • 24 hour Emergency Service and doctor on call
  • Visiting medical specialists
  • Visiting allied health workers
  • Child Health and Immunization Clinics
  • Oral Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Community Aged Care support
  • Pathology Laboratory

Routine medical services are provided free to Australian citizens & permanent residents. Private billing applies to workers' compensation, insurance examinations, etc. A voluntary St Johns Ambulance service also operates on the Island.

Contact the Indian Ocean Territories Health Services on Ph: +61 (0)8 9164 8333 or Fax: +61 (0)8 9164 8338

Police

The Australian Federal Police are responsible for providing police services to the Community of Christmas Island. A team of six sworn police officers and locally engaged 'special constables' provide the full range of community policing services, including land and marine search and rescue coordination, within a small, diverse and multicultural community. No firearms are allowed on Christmas Island. Further information about the Australian Federal Police can be found by visiting www.afp.gov.au.
Contact the Christmas Island Police (AFP) on:
Phone +61 (0)8 9164 8444 or Fax: +61 (0)8 9164 8440

Australian Border Force

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ABF House (formerly Customs House) Christmas Island - 3 Tong Chee Road - The Australian Border Force protects the Australian border and manages the movement of people and goods across it. ABF House at Christmas Island undertakes the functions associated with the arrival and departure of commercial vessels, small craft, aircraft, crew, passengers, air and sea cargo. It also deals with the import or export of motor vehicles, vessels and aircraft for the residents of Christmas Island. Operators and owners/masters of arriving and departing craft are required to report certain information to ABF, within specified time periods, prior to the actual arrival or departure occurring. Residents can report suspicious activity to the ABF. ABF House Christmas Island does not deal with visa or citizenship inquiries, and for most over the counter transactions and payments, you should contact ABF House (formerly Customs House) at Perth Airport.  ABF Christmas Island can be contacted via email on dmwaci@border.gov.au, Telephone +61 (0) 8 9164 7228 or Fax +61 (0) 8 9164 7205.

Quarantine Services

Christmas Island is an island with some unique endemic species of wildlife. It is also free of many pests and diseases that are found in other parts of the world. Quarantine is the border agency charged with the task of protecting the environment and human health from pest or disease incursions. The department's objective is to facilitate the movement of passengers, cargo, aircraft and vessels in a way that minimises any inconvenience to the people involved while maintaining the quarantine integrity of the island. This is achieved through various reporting, screening, inspection and treatment mechanisms. Certain products are prohibited on the island while other items may require some form of treatment before they may be released.

Any persons wishing to know more about the quarantine requirements on Christmas Island should contact the Christmas Island Quarantine Service on Tel: +61 (0)8 9164 7456 or
Fax: + 61 (0)8 9164 7468 or via E-mail on

Christmas.Island@aqis.gov.au

Postal Services

You should not miss a visit to the Christmas Island Post Office as they have a range of unique Christmas Island stamps & philatelic items and provide "Australia Post" postal services. The Christmas Island Post Office is a Commonwealth Bank Agency and provides services for many other banks including Citibank, Statewest, Bankwest, Metway, Hong Kong Bank of Australia & Adelaide Bank. EFTPOS & EPOS are available as well as cash advances from credit cards of up to AUD$800 per day. The Christmas Island Post Office also has a retail area stocking Christmas Island books, maps, postcards, souvenirs, Perth Mint & Royal Australian Mint products as well as most stationery needs. The friendly staff are always happy to assist.
Contact the Christmas Island Post Office on Ph: +61 (0)8 9164 8495 or Fax: +61 (0)8 9164 8494
E-mail: cipost@cipost.cx

Banking Services

Westpac Banking Corporation have a branch located at Canberra Place, Settlement. This branch offers full banking services & can exchange foreign currency.
Opening Hours are Monday - Friday 9.30am - 3.00pm.
Contact Westpac-Christmas Island on
Ph: +61 (0)8 9164 8221 or Fax: + 61 (0)8 9164 8241

Education

The Christmas Island District High School provides education from pre-school level through to Year 12 secondary level. For further information on the education services provided on Christmas Island, please see www.cidhs.cx Contact the Christmas Island District High School on:Ph: +61 (0)8 9164 8546 or Fax: +61 (0)8 9164 8544

Indian Ocean Group Training Association

Indian Ocean Group Training Association (IOGTA) is the main employment provider on Island. IOGTA also runs many training courses for more information on current training course please contact: Phone: +61 (0)8 9164 7220 or Fax: +61 (0)8 9164 7129

Other Services

Electricity

The island electricity (consumer voltage 240V, 50 cycles) is generated by diesel plants in the power station located on the island.

Water

Water is pumped from several springs and underground streams. The water is treated and supplied in accordance with West Australian standards and is tested periodically by hospital staff. The water is safe to drink.

Telephone

There is full STD access by phone or fax to and from the Australian mainland. A Telstra 2G GSM Mobile Telephone Service (no data services) operates on the Island and a Telstra dealership is available for new, postpaid or prepaid products. Limited Telstra facilities and services are available to island residents. Contact Germadjen Communications  on +61 (0) 8 9164 8505 for further information. Christmas Island numbers are listed in the "Great Northern WA" phone book.

TV/Radio

Christmas Island recieves Australian Digital Television Stations. As stations are broadcast through a satellite service, interference may occur due to rainfall. Many residents have also had their own small satellite dish installed to receive other stations. Radio 6RCI is the local radio station, transmitting on 105.3FM from Rocky Point and 102.1FM from Drumsite. Transmissions in English, Malay and Chinese. Staffed by volunteer announcers. Christmas Island also receives Red FM - a commercial station based in West Australia as well as ABC Classical Radio and JJJ FM.

 

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