Australian dollars account and payments: efficiently and swiftly transfer funds to Australia

Kirstie Lau3 minutes
Australian dollars account and payments: efficiently and swiftly transfer funds to Australia
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As a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Australia has a highly open economy that actively engages in international trade consultations, thereby making significant contributions to the global market. Thanks to its substantial population, Australia holds immense development potential driven by its continuous growth in domestic demand and consumption. Consequently, Australia has become an indispensable market for businesses seeking to expand their global operations. As businesses venture into foreign markets, ensuring the secure and efficient transfer of funds to the local market becomes a paramount concern.

The importance and features of an AUD account

The position of AUD in the international market

As the fifth-largest circulating currency worldwide and one of the reserve currencies, AUD plays a vital role in international trade and investments related to Australia. With its abundant natural resources, Australia has become a major exporter of minerals and agricultural products, solidifying its significant position in global trade. The stability and liquidity of AUD are crucial factors in international trade, as the exchange rate directly affects Australia's export competitiveness, import costs, and the overall profitability and cost control of cross-border trade for businesses operating in Australia.

What’s the use of opening an AUD account?

Whether you are an individual or a business, having an AUD account for investment or trade allows for convenient management and utilization of AUD funds anytime, anywhere. There is no need for additional currency conversion when settling transactions, so you can save time and avoid unnecessary exchange costs. With today’s financial technology, you can instantly check the account status after each transaction, enabling flexible planning and monitoring of your AUD reserves.

How to open an AUD account and what are the advantages? 

Opening an Australian bank account can facilitate easy deposit and remittance. While some Australian banks allow customers to apply for an account online from overseas, most require customers to visit a branch within a specified deadline in order to access all services. For businesses that need to open a commercial account with an Australian bank, in addition to preparing standard identification and business documents, it is often necessary to complete the application process in person at the bank.

Having an Australian local bank account can help mitigate losses caused by fluctuating exchange rates when receiving and making payments. It also eliminates maintenance fees and transaction costs associated with other payment methods. Moreover, an Australian bank account offers flexibility to allocate funds for investments or trading in AUD, thereby enhancing capital efficiency for businesses.

Things to consider when making AUD payments and transfers to Australia

  • Regulations and other relevant processes: With a highly liberal and open economic system, Australia does not impose any foreign exchange controls. This means that funds can flow freely in the market. However, when businesses engage in cross-border trade and handle larger sums of money, it is crucial to ensure compliance with regulations in both the sending and receiving countries.

  • Recipient Information: In general, most people send money to Australia using wire transfers through major banks. To ensure successful delivery, it is crucial to provide the SWIFT code of the receiving bank, which serves as an identifier. Additionally, the necessary details such as the recipient's account number, name, address, and other relevant information should also be provided.

  • Usual duration of wire transfer: The duration of remittance can vary from 1 to 5 business days, depending on the bank's cutoff time and the time difference between countries. Therefore, it's important to note that wire transfers may not always be the most expedient method of remittance for businesses.

  • Canceling a transfer and requesting a refund: In most cases, users have the option to cancel a remittance as long as the transfer has not been finalised. However, remittance fees are typically non-refundable. Canceling a remittance may also incur additional handling and administrative charges, and require some waiting time for the bank to process the refund.

  • Transfer limits for sending money to Australia: The maximum amount for remittance depends on whether the recipient's account is registered. Typically, the limit for unregistered recipients is much lower compared to registered accounts. Hence, it is recommended to initiate the registration of the recipient account as soon as possible if a business frequently transfers large sums of funds.

Comparison of different AUD payment options 

Wire transfers 

Traditional banks offer remittance service to Australia through wire transfers, and the time required for overseas bank transfers depends on the destination. 

To use bank wire transfer services, the following information is typically required: recipient's bank name, bank address, account name, branch code, bank account number, and the receiving bank's SWIFT code. Although wire transfers have their unique advantages, they tend to be relatively time-consuming and costly, inevitably increasing a company's operational expenses.


PayID has become a popular transfer method within Australia, revolutionising the way funds are moved within the country. In the past, sending money between Australian banks was a time-consuming process, requiring customers to provide bank details and Branch/State/Branch (BSB) codes. However, PayID now serves as a transfer identification code that replaces the traditional recipient information. This advancement has significantly enhanced convenience and efficiency for Australian users during transfers.

Major banks across Australia have embraced the PayID platform, allowing users to easily link their mobile phone number or email address to access the service. Businesses can also utilise their Australian Business Number (ABN) as a valid PayID identification.

One of the key benefits of PayID is the ability for users to instantly verify the recipient's name, ensuring that transfers are directed accurately. It's important to note that different banks may impose default transfer limits when using PayID, but these limits can be adjusted based on individual preferences and needs.


Airwallex’s Global Account empowers you to effortlessly transact in AUD and align with the payment preferences of local consumers. Stay connected with your Australian customers and service providers anytime, anywhere to seize international opportunities.

Opening an Airwallex account takes just a few minutes, and you can start enjoying market-leading exchange rates. Our commitment lies in helping businesses save on currency conversion costs and reduce bank transfer expenses, enabling seamless consolidation of global funds into a single account. This convenient solution allows you to have full visibility and control over cash flow, and lays a solid foundation for expanding into foreign markets.

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Kirstie Lau
Senior Associate, Growth Marketing

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