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Foreign Exchange Guide to Australia

Read this currency guide to Australia with money transfer and travel tips.

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

In this guide we review :

  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.

Australian dollar (AUD) general currency information

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".

What is the Australian dollar currency code and symbol?

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

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.

Australian dollar (AUD) in the markets

Sentiment on the Australian dollar took a turn for the worse in early July after the US announced it would impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, adding to tariffs announced days earlier on products worth $34 billion. With Chinese retaliation and a full-blown trade war likely, global growth will likely suffer, as will the Australian dollar; it fell to 74 US cents following the news.

A trade war will not only lead to significant depreciations in commodities prices, it will also hammer emerging markets, and investors tend to express their views on EM risk via the highly liquid Australian dollar.

A senior money manager predicted in June that the Aussie could slump over a 12-month period into the "mid-60s" relative to USD. The money manager cited monetary policy divergence as his reason. The RBA said in June that there was still “no strong case for a near-term adjustment in monetary policy.” A fall to 65 US cents would take the Aussie back to financial crisis levels last seen in early 2009.

Also pessimistic on AUD are Wesptac and ANZ. Westpac have forecast AUD at 72 US cents in mid-2019 and ANZ have advised clients to “sell the [AUD] rallies.”

A bird’s eye view of AUD/NZD shows the rate drifting sideways for the past 3 ½ years; now at 1.088.

The interactive chart below shows the AUD to USD exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

AUD-USD 3 Month chart
AUD-USD 3 Month chart
AUDUSD currency converter

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Australia

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.

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 Exchange Rates Compared

Buying AUD Cash with USD 1,000

Travelex US Online logo Travelex US Online
$1188.40 AUD (12.55%)
Free Home Delivery when you Buy Online Travel Money & Cards with $0 commission and great exchange rates only available from Travelex Online. Zero cost for Home Delivery or pickup your foreign cash at your local Travelex store or at the airport on departure day. * Home deliveries can only be made to the registered billing address of your chosen payment method.
Price Details
Receive: $1188.40 AUD
Exchange Rate: 1.1884
(Inverse 1AUD=USD 0.8415)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 12.55% (from mid-rate: 1.3590)
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/AUD=1.1884 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Wed Jul 18 2018 06:00:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
$1177.21 AUD (13.38%)
This is the average USD to AUD Buy Foreign Cash exchange rate from multiple banks, exchange kiosks and post-offices, available over the counter and via the internet.

Price Details
Receive: $1177.21 AUD
Exchange Rate: 1.1891
(Inverse 1AUD=USD 0.8410)
Fees: USD 10 (1%)
Total Cost : 13.38% (from mid-rate: 1.3590)
Receive AUD $11 less than with  Travelex US Online logo Travelex US Online
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/AUD=1.1891 and inclusive of the fee of USD 10 (1%).

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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!

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Sending USD 10,000 to AUD

OFX logo OFX
$13,517 AUD (0.54%)
Book & track your foreign transfers online (24/7) with industry best rates for all your deals - not just the first one! Lock in exchange rates with Spot & Forward Deals. BestExchangeRates users get the transfer fees waived.
Price Details
Receive: $13,517 AUD
Exchange Rate: 1.3517
(Inverse 1AUD=USD 0.7398)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 0.54% (from mid-rate: 1.3591)
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/AUD=1.3517 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Wed Jul 18 2018 06:03:19 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
$13,093 AUD (3.66%)
This is the average USD to AUD International Transfer exchange rate and fees from multiple banks for FX rates available over the counter and also via Internet Banking.

Price Details
Receive: $13,093 AUD
Exchange Rate: 1.3113
(Inverse 1AUD=USD 0.7626)
Fees: USD 15
Total Cost : 3.66% (from mid-rate: 1.3591)
Receive AUD $424 less than with  OFX logo OFX
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/AUD=1.3113 and inclusive of the fee of USD 15.

Australian dollar - exchange rates - live and historic

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AUD/USD - Australian dollar to U.S. dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
17 Jul 20180.7390Latest
10 Jul 20180.74161 Week-0.35%
17 Jun 20180.74401 Month-0.67%
18 Jan 20180.80056 Months-7.68%
17 Jul 20170.77891 Year-5.12%
17 Jul 20160.75972 Years-2.72%
18 Jul 20130.91925 Years-19.6%
19 Jul 20080.971810 Years-23.96%

AUD/EUR - Australian dollar to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
17 Jul 20180.6335Latest
10 Jul 20180.63231 Week+0.19%
17 Jun 20180.64181 Month-1.29%
18 Jan 20180.65436 Months-3.18%
17 Jul 20170.67891 Year-6.69%
17 Jul 20160.68692 Years-7.77%
18 Jul 20130.70095 Years-9.62%
19 Jul 20080.613910 Years+3.19%

AUD/GBP - Australian dollar to British pound sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
17 Jul 20180.5615Latest
10 Jul 20180.55931 Week+0.39%
17 Jun 20180.56041 Month+0.2%
18 Jan 20180.57626 Months-2.55%
17 Jul 20170.59681 Year-5.91%
17 Jul 20160.57332 Years-2.06%
18 Jul 20130.60535 Years-7.24%
19 Jul 20080.486910 Years+15.32%

AUD/JPY - Australian dollar to Japanese yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
17 Jul 201883.3808Latest
10 Jul 201882.20941 Week+1.42%
17 Jun 201882.31881 Month+1.29%
18 Jan 201888.89076 Months-6.2%
17 Jul 201787.71031 Year-4.94%
17 Jul 201680.10032 Years+4.1%
18 Jul 201392.01275 Years-9.38%
19 Jul 2008103.866710 Years-19.72%

AUD/CAD - Australian dollar to Canadian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
17 Jul 20180.9755Latest
10 Jul 20180.97481 Week+0.07%
17 Jun 20180.98211 Month-0.67%
18 Jan 20180.99366 Months-1.82%
17 Jul 20170.98901 Year-1.37%
17 Jul 20160.98442 Years-0.9%
18 Jul 20130.95505 Years+2.15%
19 Jul 20080.977510 Years-0.2%

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