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USD to AUD - Rate Guide

US Dollar to Australian Dollar exchange rates aren't all the same.

The total cost you are charged by your bank or foreign exchange provider consists of a margin from the interbank mid-rate plus fees. These margins and fees vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money/Card transactions as shown below.

 

1 USD = 1.4937 AUD

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USD to AUD - Trading Range (90 Day)
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USD/AUD at 1.4953 is trading 2.1% above the 90-day average 1.4641 with a range 1.4252 to 1.5009. There are no current rate alerts.
18-Feb-2020 16:NY 21:LON 08:SYD+1d

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Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Australian Dollar

USD

AUD

U$ 1
A$ 1.4937
U$ 5
A$ 7.4685
U$ 10
A$ 14.94
U$ 20
A$ 29.87
U$ 50
A$ 74.69
U$ 100
A$ 149.37
U$ 250
A$ 373.43
U$ 500
A$ 746.85
U$ 1,000
A$ 1,494
U$ 2,000
A$ 2,987
U$ 5,000
A$ 7,469
U$ 10,000
A$ 14,937
U$ 50,000
A$ 74,685
U$ 100,000
A$ 149,370
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USD

AUD

U$ 0.6695
A$ 1
U$ 3.3475
A$ 5
U$ 6.6950
A$ 10
U$ 13.39
A$ 20
U$ 33.48
A$ 50
U$ 66.95
A$ 100
U$ 167.38
A$ 250
U$ 334.75
A$ 500
U$ 669.50
A$ 1,000
U$ 1,339
A$ 2,000
U$ 3,348
A$ 5,000
U$ 6,695
A$ 10,000
U$ 33,475
A$ 50,000
U$ 66,950
A$ 100,000
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To calculate specific USD/AUD amounts use our Convert USD to AUD quick calculator.


Comparing Foreign Exchange Providers

The total cost you are charged by your foreign exchange provider consists of the margin from the mid-rate offered plus any fixed or percentage fees. These margins and fees vary significantly for International Money Transfers, Travel Money and prepaid multi-currency Travel Card transactions.

The Exchange rate you are offered can also vary significantly depending on the transaction type (transfer, cash or card), currency pair and amount. The below table shows an example of total costs charged by FX specialists and banks for USD/AUD International Money Transfers. Costs are calculated against the current interbank mid-rate.

 
  

USD to AUD International Money Transfers

  

Foreign Transfer Providers Receive AUD(A$)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
OFX logo
14,829 A$
Best Overall
1.48290^0.8%
XE logo
14,762 A$
A$67 less
1.476201.25%
TransferWise logo
14,858 A$
A$29 more
1.4934U$510.61%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
14,409 A$
A$420 less
1.4435183.61%
HSBC logo
14,399 A$
A$430 less
1.4421U$153.68%
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
14,311 A$
A$518 less
1.4395154.27%
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
14,218 A$
A$611 less
1.4362U$1004.89%
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
14,218 A$
A$611 less
1.4362U$1004.89%
 
OFX logo
OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:1.4829 (0.8% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)14,829 A$
Total Cost:0.8%
Time:
Rate Fetched: 18:03 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 
XE logo
XE: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:1.4762 (1.25% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)14,762 A$
Total Cost:1.25%
Difference:
A$67 AUD less than using OFX
Time:18:03 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 3.5/5.0
Reviews:
 
TransferWise logo
TransferWise: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$51 USD (0.5% + U$1)
Exchange Rate:1.4934 (0.1% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)14,858 A$
Total Cost:0.61%
Difference:
A$29 AUD more than using OFX
Time:18:03 Local
Transfer Speed:0-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online, Foreign Currency Accounts + Multi-currency debit card
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:1.4435 (3.44% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)14,409 A$
Total Cost:3.61%
Difference:
A$420 AUD less than using OFX
Time:18:03 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
HSBC logo
HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:1.4421 (3.53% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)14,399 A$
Total Cost:3.68%
Difference:
A$430 AUD less than using OFX
Time:18:03 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:1.4332 (4.13% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)14,311 A$
Total Cost:4.27%
Difference:
A$518 AUD less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 
Bank of America logo
Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.4362 (3.93% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)14,218 A$
Total Cost:4.89%
Difference:
A$611 AUD less than using OFX
Time:18:03 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.4362 (3.93% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)14,218 A$
Total Cost:4.89%
Difference:
A$611 AUD less than using OFX
Time:18:03 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 02/18/2020 - View latest rates
 

Example of the margins and possible savings when you order travel money online with a currency specialist rather than in-person from banks and currency kiosks.

Travel Money Providers Amount AUD(A$)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
Travelex Online US logo
1,316.9 A$
Best Overall
1.31690^11.91%
U.S. Bank Foreign Currency
U.S. Bank logo
1,277.4 A$
A$39 less
1.2774014.55%
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
1,265 A$
A$52 less
1.2774U$1015.4%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
1,251.85 A$
A$65 less
1.2774U$2016.26%
 
Travelex Online US logo
Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:1.3169 (11.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)1,316.9 A$
Total Cost:11.91%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Tue Feb 18 2020 18:00:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:1.2774 (14.55% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)1,277.4 A$
Total Cost:14.55%
Time:18:03 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
Travel Money USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.3080 (12.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)1,265 A$
Total Cost:15.4%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:1.2774 (14.55% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)1,251.85 A$
Total Cost:16.26%
Time:18:03 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 02/18/2020 - View latest rates
 

Also here is a comparison table of the exchange rates and fees on some popular prepaid multi-currency debit cards.

Travel Card Providers Amount AUD(A$)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
1,486.4 A$
Best Overall
1.486400.5%
1,316.9 A$
A$169 less
1.3169011.85%
 
TransferWise: Travel Card USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:1.4864 (-0.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)1,486.4 A$
Total Cost:0.5%
Card Facts/Fees:
Time:0:00 Local
Currency Services:Multi-currency debit card with linked foreign bank accounts
Delivery/Collect:5-7 days
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 
Travelex Money Card: Travel Card USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:undefined
Exchange Rate:1.3169 (-11.85% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD)1,316.9 A$
Total Cost:11.85%
Card Facts/Fees:
10 Load Currencies: AUD USD EUR GBP NZD HKD SGD CAD JPY THB.
Overseas ATM withdrawal fee: FREE
Card Purchase Fee: $5.00
Maximum Load Amount: $100,000
Monthly Fee : $4 (after 12 months inactive)
Currency Conversion: 5.95% (when you withdraw
a currency not loaded on your card)
Offers 24/7 Global Emergency Assistance service with fee free emergency funds up to the available balance on the card
Time:
Rate Fetched: Wed Feb 19 2020 00:00:06 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 02/18/2020 - View latest rates
 

Country Guides (USD & AUD)

United StatesUnited States (USD)AustraliaAustralia (AUD)Christmas IslandChristmas Island (AUD)
Cocos Keeling IslandsCocos Keeling Islands (AUD)Heard and McDonald IslandsHeard and McDonald Islands (AUD)KiribatiKiribati (AUD)
NauruNauru (AUD)Norfolk IslandNorfolk Island (AUD)TuvaluTuvalu (AUD)
East TimorEast Timor (USD)EcuadorEcuador (USD)El SalvadorEl Salvador (USD)
British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islands (USD)US Virgin IslandsUS Virgin Islands (USD)Caribbean NetherlandsCaribbean Netherlands (USD)
Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos Islands (USD)ZimbabweZimbabwe (USD)

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USD and AUD in the Markets

When determining the best time to make a foreign exchange transaction, in this case the USD vs AUD, you should pay attention to the recent market trends for both currencies.

US Dollar (USD)

Growing fears of the coronavirus outbreak has moved the market into safer currencies such as the USD and away from AUD, NZD and CAD.

The US dollar held its value in 2019 despite a serious escalation in US-China trade tensions, mainly because the greenback is still considered a safer currency to own than most others.

At its October meeting the Federal Reserve cut the target range for the federal funds rate to 1.5-1.75 percent, the third rate cut so far this year, amid soft inflation indicators and general worries about the economy. However the central bank also signaled a pause in the easing cycle.

Taking the blame for the economic downturn is US President Donald Trump, whose trade war policies have set a ball rolling that could wipe $455bn from global output according to the IMF.

Read more in the article USD Forecasts.

 

Australian Dollar (AUD)

The Australian dollar has dropped over 4 percent already this year sliding below US67 cents down to an eleven-year low.

Growing fears of the coronavirus outbreak has moved the market into safer currencies such as the USD and away from AUD, NZD and CAD.

The virus was a double blow to the Aussie after the earlier threat of proxy war between the US and Iran in Iraq had also pared back some of the gains the Aussie had made coming into the New Year.

The Australian dollar had started the new decade strongly climbing to multi-month highs helped along by cooling trade tensions between the United States and China and optimism for global economic growth in the year ahead.

The Aussie broke back over US70 cents on the final day of 2019 — a level not seen since mid year.

During December the Australian dollar reversed direction (again) and climbed steadily back up against the US dollar on the back of the strength of the housing market and a market perception that further interest rate cuts were less likely.

Read more in the article AUD Forecasts.


How to get Best USD to AUD Exchange Rates

All foreign exchange providers charge a fee for providing their service and this fee is usually contained within the exchange rate margin (or difference to the mid-rate).

The transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.

Our real-time foreign transfer and travel money/cards comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

What is a good USD to AUD exchange rate?

This is a difficult question and the answer really depends on many factors. The best way to consider an exchange rate's relative value is to look at the rate's history.

The following table looks at the change in the USD to AUD exchange rate to the present day for periods going back upto 10 years.

PeriodChange*USD/AUDDate
1 Day+0.3%1.490417 Feb 2020
7 Day+0.5%1.488511 Feb 2020
30 Day+2.9%1.453219 Jan 2020
3 Month+1.6%1.471120 Nov 2019
1 Year+6.6%1.402218 Feb 2019
5 Year+16.5%1.283219 Feb 2015
10 Year+33.8%1.117520 Feb 2010

*For period to 18-Feb 21UTC when USD/AUD was 1.4953

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