Money

Currency

The Australian dollar, which divides into 100 cents, is the national currency.

Our bank notes are: Our gold coins are: Our silver coins are:
$5 (purple) $1 5 cents
$10 (blue) $2 10 cents
$20 (orange)   20 cents
$50 (yellow)   50 cents
$100 (green)    

Find out more about our money.

Accessing your money

No matter where you go in Australia (or in fact around the world), you will be able to access your money from your Westpac bank account 1 .

You will find Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) in all major cities and towns - they are open 24 hours and not only can you use Westpac ATMs, but you can also use St George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne ATMs with no cash withdrawal fee.

Most Australian businesses use EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale) which means you can use bank card (credit or debit) to pay for services or purchases directly, and could also withdraw cash at the same time.

Find out more about accessing your money.

Tipping

You are not expected to tip (include a little extra) when you pay a bill in Australia, but it is common for people to do so.

Finding an accountant

You may want to use a local Australian accountant to help you with your personal taxes or business.

Find a Chartered Accountant
Find a CPA (Certified Public Accountant)

Business

Starting your business

It doesn't matter which country you are in, there's a lot to know before you start up your own business or take over someone else's. Luckily, in Australia there's also a lot of assistance available. Find out more about starting a business in Australia.

Westpac provides a large range of products and services that can meet the financial needs of your business. You can also speak to a local business banker or consider attending financial education courses to help you establish and grow your business (fees may apply). Learn more about business banking.

Information current as at 8 August 2011. The links to non-Westpac Group websites are controlled by third parties and are provided for convenience only and do not represent any endorsement by Westpac of the products or services offered on those sites nor are those third parties endorsing Westpac's products and services. Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 Australian Financial Services Licence 233714 Australian Credit Licence 233714.

  1. Subject to system availability. Fees and charges may apply.