The Australian dollar (A$) is the unit of currency used in Australia. It is divided into:
Some shops will require a minimum purchase of AU$10 or AU$20 for card payments.
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) provide 24-hour access to your money in locations such as shopping centres, petrol stations, convenience stores, banks, along main shopping strips and in malls or plazas. If you are withdrawing money from an international bank account, please note that international withdrawal fees may apply. If you have an Australian bank account, it is free to withdraw money from an ATM that is linked to your bank. Withdrawing cash from the ATM of another bank might result in an additional charge of up to A$2.50 per transaction.
Banks are open limited hours on week days (usually 9.30am – 4.00pm). Some major banks are also open on Saturday mornings.You should consider opening a local bank account when you first arrive in Australia. This will save you money on international bank fees. If you are intending to work in Australia, a local bank account will provide an easy way for you to receive your pay.