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Paying in Australia

Australian Bank NotesAustralian Bank NotesThe official currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). In Australia it is usually abbreviated with the dollar sign ($) or - if it is necessary to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies - by A$. A dollar is subdevided into 100 cents.

Credit cards are widely accepted in Australia and if you need cash a large network of ATM's (Automated Teller Machines) covers most of the country. Especially in cities you should not have a problem finding one.

If you are from Europe you are probably usually using your bank card to withdraw some cash. The system most widely used in Europe is the MAESTRO system and unfortunately this one is not used in Australia. So your bank card is pretty much useless here.

Most ATM operators (banks) will charge you for using their ATM network, unless you are a customer with the respective bank or an affiliated bank. Unfortunately the only partnership I am aware of is the one between Deutsche Bank und Westpac (one of the major bank in Australia) and unless you are a customer with Deutsche Bank and limit yourself to using Westpac ATM, you should prepared to pay a few dollars extra each time. In Australia the ATM owner can decide how much he will charge. You will see a notice about the fee charged before the transaction is completed and you are given the chance to cancel the withdrawal, should you find the fee too high.

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