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Foreign Exchange Guide to Australia

Read this currency guide to Australia with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/AUD=1.4213]

 
Australia
Country Code:
AU
Domestic Currency:
Australian Dollar
Symbol - Code:
A$ AUD
Telephone Prefix:
+61

This is a foreign exchange guide to Australia, the Australian Dollar currency plus AUD transfers and travel tips.


In this Australia currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Australian Dollar info - general info about the Australian Dollar
  2. Australian Dollar in the markets - recent AUD moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Australia - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Australian Dollar cash online - travel money for Australia
  5. Sending money to Australia - save on Australian Dollar bank transfers to Australia
  6. Australian Dollar exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
  7. AUD News - the latest Australian Dollar related articles from our blog.

Australian Dollar (AUD) general currency information


What is the Australian Dollar currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Australian Dollar is AUD and the symbol is A$.


Which countries use the Australian Dollar?

It is the domestic currency in Australia, Christmas Island, Cocos Keeling Islands, Heard And McDonald Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Norfolk Island and Tuvalu.

The Australian dollar is the fifth most traded currency in the world and is popular with currency traders, because of the high interest rates in Australia, the freedom of the foreign exchange market from government intervention, the stability of Australia's economy and political system, and the view that the Australian dollar offers diversification benefits in a portfolio containing the major world currencies, especially because of its greater exposure to Asian economies and the commodities cycle.

The currency is commonly referred to by foreign-exchange traders as the "Aussie dollar".


Australian Dollar (AUD) in the markets

In late June and early July, the Australian dollar recovered from multi-month lows against a number of important currencies; however, these recoveries were minor relative to losses over the past 18 months. Against the US dollar, at a rate of 70¢ (July-2), the Aussie was 14 percent lower than its best rate from 2018.

Investors have sold AUD in recent months as they’ve bet on aggressive interest-rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of Australia. These bets paid off: the RBA cut its cash rate in both June and July to a record low of 1 percent.

Lower borrowing costs are necessary, investors believe, in light of persistently soft domestic data and the fallout from a US-China trade standoff that shows no sign of nearing an end.

AUD will continue to track changes in interest-rate expectations. Economists expect at least one further cut this year and many expect two by early 2020. After July's cut, the RBA hinted it would leave rates unchanged for several months.

Interestingly, AUD has decoupled from commodity prices in 2019. The price of iron ore (Australia’s largest export) nears multi-year highs while AUD languishes.

Further RBA interest rate cuts this year are now a certainty, and that doesn’t bode well for currency valuations. Westpac has predicted three cuts this year.

For more details read the full article Australian Dollar Forecasts.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to AUD exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Australia

 

Travel tips for Australia.

The classic error first-time visitors make is trying to 'do' Australia in two or three weeks, forgetting that it's a continent as well as a country. It's far better to pick two or three areas to tackle well than attempt to tick off the highlights in one visit. Otherwise, most of the visit is spent in transit. Not only are the gaps between major cities bigger than they are in Europe or the US – there are generally far fewer small towns between them. This delineation between urban and bush is massively to Australia's credit. Once out of the city, it feels like you're in the wild.

Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent. You may be able to claim a refund for the GST paid on goods if you have spent AUD$300 or more with a single business, no more than 60 days before departing Australia. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure area of international terminals.

There are no limits on the amount of currency that can be brought in or out of Australia, but travellers must declare hard currency equivalent to AUD10,000 or higher. Australia is not usually considered a budget destination, in fact Sydney and Melbourne are consistently ranked as two of the world’s most expensive cities but if you're careful with your spending it’s still possible to make your money go a long way, especially when the Australian Dollar is weaker.

Hotels and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill, and tipping is always your choice. In upmarket restaurants, it is common to tip waiters 10 percent of the bill for good service. Americans, in particular, struggle to grasp the absolutely impeccable Australian tipping system. Basically, you tip if you want to, but nobody particularly expects you to or pressures you to.

Do I need a Visa for Australia?

Most nationalities will need to get a visa before you travel. Beware of scam adverts claiming to help you extend a working holiday visa. Several British nationals have had their visas cancelled as a result. If you're a Singaporean national, there's good news in relation to visas which is that from January 2018 a new, long-term, multiple entry visa will be available. This will allow Singaporeans to stay for up to three months at a time over a six year period.

 

Travel money for Australia

 

Save money and time by Ordering your Australian Dollar online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the AUD cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Australian Dollar otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

 
Travel Money ProvidersAmount AUD(A$)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
U.S. Bank Foreign Currency
U.S. Bank logo
1,329.3 AUD
Compare
1.329306.39%
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
1,316 AUD
13 AUD
1.3293$107.33%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
1,302.71 AUD
27 AUD
1.3293$208.27%
Travelex Online US logo
1,248.6 AUD
81 AUD
1.24860^12.08%
 

U.S. Bank logoU.S. Bank

U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→AUD
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:1.3293 (6.39% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:1,329.3 AUD
Total Cost:6.39%
Time:18:00 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Travel Money USD→AUD
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.2426 (12.5% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:1,316 AUD
Total Cost:7.33%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 

Wells Fargo Bank logoWells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→AUD
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:1.3293 (6.39% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:1,302.71 AUD
Total Cost:8.27%
Time:18:00 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→AUD
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:1.2486 (12.08% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:1,248.6 AUD
Total Cost:12.08%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Mon Jul 22 2019 16:00:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 07/22/2019 - See full table
 

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Sending money to Australia

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Australia you need to start with finding out the latest Australian Dollar foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

What are the limits on Sending Money to Australia?

There are no limits on sending money to Australia and the government allows unhindered access to foreign investors. Investments over a value of AUD244m (or over AUD1.078bn for investors from the US and New Zealand in non-sensitive sectors) must be pre-screened, but all other capital inflows are unrestricted.

How affordable is Australia?

The IMF’s Global Housing Watch has Australia ranked as the third least affordable place in the world to buy a house – behind only Belgium and Canada.

What prime property does $US1m buy in Australia?

The area (㎡) of prime property that $US1million buys in Australia's capital cities (Q1 2018) is: Sydney 49㎡, Melbourne 91㎡, Brisbane 117㎡, Perth 126㎡. This is compared to equivalent areas for Hong Kong 22㎡, New York 25㎡, London 27㎡, Singapore 37㎡, Paris 45㎡, Shanghai 50㎡, Los Angeles 58㎡, Tokyo 70㎡, Berlin 74㎡, Miami 78㎡, Mumbai 94㎡, Istanbul 110㎡, Dubai 138㎡ and San Paulo 172㎡.

Is there extra costs for foreign citizens who buy Australian property?

Foreign citizens who want to buy or invest in residential property in Victoria (VIC), New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA) will need to pay a stamp duty levy and, in some states, a land tax surcharge. New South Wales recently increased the stamp duty surcharge for foreign investors to 8 percent, making it the most expensive in the country.


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Australia

When sending money to Australia it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Australian Dollar amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted AUD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Australia.

Use our Send to AUD calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Australian Dollar deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

 

USD to AUD International Money Transfers

  

Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive AUD(A$)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
OFX logo
14,087 AUD
Best Overall
1.40870^0.8%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
13,694 AUD
393 AUD
1.3719183.57%
HSBC logo
13,684 AUD
403 AUD
1.3705$153.64%
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
13,601 AUD
486 AUD
1.3681154.23%
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
13,513 AUD
574 AUD
1.3649$1004.84%
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
13,513 AUD
574 AUD
1.3649$1004.84%
 
OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:1.4087 (0.8% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:14,087 AUD
Total Cost:0.8%
Time:
Rate Fetched: 18:00 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 

Wells Fargo Bank logoWells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:1.3719 (3.39% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:13,694 AUD
Total Cost:3.57%
Difference:
393 AUD less than using OFX
Time:18:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

HSBC logoHSBC

HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:1.3705 (3.49% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:13,684 AUD
Total Cost:3.64%
Difference:
403 AUD less than using OFX
Time:18:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:1.3621 (4.08% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:13,601 AUD
Total Cost:4.23%
Difference:
486 AUD less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 

Bank of America logoBank of America

Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.3649 (3.89% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:13,513 AUD
Total Cost:4.84%
Difference:
574 AUD less than using OFX
Time:18:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

U.S. Bank logoU.S. Bank

U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.3649 (3.89% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:13,513 AUD
Total Cost:4.84%
Difference:
574 AUD less than using OFX
Time:18:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 07/22/2019 - See full table
 

AUD/USD - Australian Dollar to United States Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodChange*AUD/USDDate
1 Day-0.34%0.706818 Jul 2019
1 Week+0.33%0.702112 Jul 2019
1 Month+2.31%0.688519 Jun 2019
6 Months-1.65%0.716220 Jan 2019
1 Year-4.32%0.736219 Jul 2018
5 Years-24.74%0.935920 Jul 2014
10 Years-13.45%0.813921 Jul 2009

*For period to 19-Jul 21UTC when AUD/USD was 0.7044

AUD/EUR - Australian Dollar to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodChange*AUD/EURDate
1 Week+0.87%0.622312 Jul 2019
1 Month+2.43%0.612819 Jun 2019
6 Months-0.4%0.630220 Jan 2019
1 Year-0.63%0.631719 Jul 2018
5 Years-8.83%0.688520 Jul 2014
10 Years+9.51%0.573221 Jul 2009

*For period to 19-Jul 21UTC when AUD/EUR was 0.6277

AUD/GBP - Australian Dollar to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodChange*AUD/GBPDate
1 Day-0.02%0.563518 Jul 2019
1 Week+0.9%0.558412 Jul 2019
1 Month+3.55%0.544119 Jun 2019
6 Months+1.09%0.557320 Jan 2019
1 Year-0.35%0.565419 Jul 2018
5 Years+2.16%0.551520 Jul 2014
10 Years+13.73%0.495421 Jul 2009

*For period to 19-Jul 21UTC when AUD/GBP was 0.5634

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