Are you tired of banks taking you to the cleaners?
Its no secret that Aussie banks have had it pretty good for a long time. Now you can fight back!
Until recently if you are a resident in Australia you have had little choice outside of the big 4 banks when it came to international money transfers. Banks charge an arm and a leg no mater which way you slice it. Apart from exorbitant fees and uncompetitive exchange rates, if you have ever used a bank you have already found out that the receiving banks also charge a fee.
Many individuals and businesses are now starting to realise the potential of using a third party service or money transfer service and are discovering they can save thousands by using such a company.
The good news is in the past couple years some of the best money transfer companies have set up shop here in Australia.
Money Transfer Services in Australia
|Service Name||Minimum Amount ($AUD)||Phone/ Online Service||Locations||Fees + Conditions||Special Offers||Transferring $5000 to UK (see *Note)||Transferring $50000 to UK (see *Note)|
|My Bank||None||Online/ Phone/ Branch||Australia||$20 + bank at other sides fee||None||£2,610.04||£26,100.40|
|TorFX||$250||Online/ Phone||UK, Australia||No Fees||Click here to get all transactions free||£2,735*||£27,428*|
| OFX - Full Review ||$250||Online/ Phone||UK, Australia, US, NZ, Hong Kong , Canada||$15 fee or transfer $10,000 or more and it’s free||First Two Transactions Are Free||£2,753*||£27,612*|
|World First - Full Review||$250||Online/ Phone||UK, US, Australia||$15 fee or transfer $10,000 or more and it’s free||Click Here for no fees for ever||£2,750*||£27,551*|
|CurrencyFair||8 Euro||Online/ Phone||Australia, UK, Ireland||$4||First Transaction Is Free|
|Transferwise||$1 USD||Online/ Phone||Based online. 41 Supported Countries Including AUS, CAN, UK and US||Price depends on route (eg. AUD>USD is 0.7%)||None||£2763*||£27,637*|
* Important Note About Rates:
These rates are the average of two major comparison websites in Australia. You should know – It is not possible to give exact real time rates because each service will offer a different rate depending on the amount you transfer and as currencies fluctuate second by second.
By the time you have registered with a company or even just logged onto their website, the rate they can offer will have changed.
We have included the rates here simply as a way to clearly show that the services are very similar in what they offer and a much better deal than banks.
If you wish to maximize savings please refer to our “3 Secrets to Money Transfers” PDF, but simply by choosing one of these services over a bank will save you between 2 and 4%.
Now Aussies are saving lots of money as a result… check out this post on a popular Australian forum.
OzForex was the first in Australia and has actually been around for over 10 years saving Aussie individuals, export companies and small businesses, as well as tens of thousands of expats and backpackers a lot of money. Originally an offshoot of Macquarie Bank and now listed on the ASX, OzForex is still a great choice, but now they have some big competition.
Apart from Banks, PayPal and remittance companies we also now we have companies like OFX, World First, and TorFX. With each company, I have negotiated special deals for Transumo readers like fee free money transfers and you can simply click the links above to get these. I also wrote a short 3 page PDF, titled the “3 Secrets to Transfer Money Overseas” which contains three secrets about money transfers that banks and even the services I recommend do not want you to know.
What is the difference and who should you choose?
First lets look at what matters to you.
Apart from cost, we researched what matters to Aussies and found out what is important:
- Trust and Security
- Speed of transaction
- Countries you can transact between
1. Trust and Security
Finding a service you can trust is a big part of what this website is all about.
This page is all about identifying the right service for your needs in Australia and one size does not fit all. That said, if you are using a bank now regardless of who you choose you will probably save hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
You should know we earn a commission on some of the services on this website. We also recommend services where we have no relationship as well – quite simply, if they are better for your needs we will suggest you use them. The reason we do this, is we want to be known as the trusted source for information and advice on money transfers.
You should also know, there is no additional cost to you regardless of who you choose.
The reality is that money transfer companies have an onerous amount of regulations they need to meet to operate in Australia. This is a big part of the reason why money transfer companies have been slow to set up shop in Australia and you can count one hand the services that operate.
All money transfer companies in Australia are regulated by ASIC, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and AUSTRAC which is Australia’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulator.
We could bore you with all the technical details these companies employ to be secure, but its probably more important to see that to achieve registration is not a trivial undertaking for these organisations and so they are usually backed by companies who are large and focused just on one thing getting your money from country A to country B. They take security very seriously – it is after all how their entire business is able to work.
They also have to meet all the regulations of the other countries in which they operate.
2. Speed of transaction
It is hard to beat money transfer companies when it comes to speed. The reason for this is because they have banks in many countries around the world. In most cases this means that they can receive and pay funds in the local currencies. Typically this is faster than a bank who has to deal an international bank and all the checks and balances associated with international transactions.
Some services are designed for you to do everything online and some actively want you to pick up the phone. Others are a hybrid, they would rather you use their online service (to save money) but are available 24 hours by phone to help you.
One of the truly great things about using a money transfer service is the level of service. Because they have operations globally they can also pick up the phone 24/7 usually. This means if you have any issues at all it is usually pretty easy to get help. By comparison, bank hours in Australia are generally 9.30 to 4.30 Monday to Friday.
The service decision is down to choice, if you want to speak to someone choose a phone based service. If you would prefer to just quickly and efficiently send some money, a web based service may be better.
4. Countries you can transact between
In general if you are sending money from Australia all the companies mentioned are a great choice because they have operations in Australia.
If you are sending money from Canada, USA or UK to Australia we recommend services with operations located in those countries if possible because of the slight better service you should get.
All companies have a list of countries they cannot send money to but these are few and far between.