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Top 3 Money Transfer Providers for UK to Australia

Provider Amount Received Fee Exchange Rate Speed
TorFX TorFX 18,885.27 £0.00 1.8885 1-3 days more...
Moneycorp Moneycorp 18,837.82 £0.00 1.8838 1-3 days more...
Currencies Direct Currencies Direct 18,771.39 £0.00 1.8771 1-3 days more...
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Australia Money Transfer Guide

Cailin Birch
Cailin is an economic analyst and contributor to both FXcompared Intelligence and Magazine, analysing trends in monetary and foreign exchange policy. Cailin has over four years experience in emerging market analysis and has worked throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa the Economist Intelligence Unit and Oxford Business Group. Cailin has a degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University and a Master’s in International Security from Sciences Po Paris.

Contents

  • Summary
  • Australia money transfer regulations
  • Investing in Australia
  • Buying property in Australia
  • Visas and work permits for Australia
  • Taxation for expats in Australia
  • Currency
  • Additional Sources
  • Australia to Individual Country Guides
  • Summary

    Australia has an open environment for sending money to Australia and to transfer money out of Australia. The Australian dollar (AUD) is a fully convertible currency and has freely floated since 1983.

    Australia money transfer regulations

    The central bank does not target a specific value for the AUD. Instead, it works to achieve price stability by setting an annual inflation target.

    Foreign exchange dealing is regulated in Australia by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), as are overseas money transfer providers.

    The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (AUSTRAC) oversees the compliance of Australian businesses and their requirements under anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, and general financial transactions.

    When it comes to transferring money into and out of Australia, there are no limits. However, any transactions that include notes and coins over the value of $10,000 must be reported to AUSTRAC within ten business days. This also applies to any transactions that appear suspicious.

    The AUD is the fifth most traded currency in the world with a daily trade volume of $174m.

    Investing in Australia

    Australia is an important destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), and the government welcomes foreign investors. Investments over a value of AUD248m (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. This value is indexed each year. Outgoing capital transfers related to investment proceeds, loans or lease payments in Australia are also unrestricted.

    Buying property in Australia

    No restrictions exist for Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents regarding property purchases. Restrictions do exist for foreign non-residents, and in most cases, a foreign non-resident can only purchase new-build properties and land that they then develop – they may not purchase existing residential units. The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) oversees the approval of these purchases, and approval is also required when selling the property if leaving Australia. Non-residents are obligated to sell their property upon leaving the country. The rules governing the FIRB approval can be complex and we recommend that you seek additional specialist advice in the area before committing to purchase a property in Australia if you are a non-resident and before you send money to Australia to fund the purchase.

    Visas and work permits for Australia

    Australia offers a variety of visas to be able to move to Australia permanently. If you are not sponsored by your employer or a family member to move over, the largest category of immigrant is by way of Skilled Independent Migration. This is typically for professionals such as accountants, engineers and dentists. The Employer Nomination Scheme is for those moving with their existing employer. There is also an entrepreneurial and investor category called Business Migration.

    If you are of retirement age, then you might be eligible for a retirement visa. You need to be self-sufficient, which means having assets of at least AUD$750,000, or AUD$500,000 if you are moving to regional Australia. You will also need to have access to a minimum income of AUD$65,000 per annum, which can be derived in a number of different ways, including pensions and investments.

    Taxation for expats in Australia

    Non-residents in the country are liable for Australian tax only on income earned within Australia. Temporary residents are typically exempt from Australian tax on foreign-source income (including foreign investment income, but not foreign employment income) and capital gains realised on assets that are not taxable Australian property. Australian residents are subject to Australian tax on worldwide income.

    Australia’s tax year runs from 1 July. Australia has entered into double tax treaties with a large number of countries, including the UK, the US and Canada.

    Currency

    Australia’s monetary unit is the Australian dollar (AUD). It is divided into 100 cents. Banknotes come in denominations of A$5, A$10, A$20, A$50 and A$100 notes, and coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and A$1 and A$2.

    Additional Sources

    • Reserve Bank of Australia
    • Australia Customs and Border Protection Service
    • Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
    • Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (AUSTRAC)

    Australia to Individual Country Guides

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