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Studying In Australia

Studying In Australia


Credit Cards

Credit cards are widely accepted around Australia. The most commonly accepted credit cards are VISA, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club International.


Money and banks

Australia Notes

The $100 note features world-renowned soprano Dame Nellie Melba (1861–1931), and the distinguished soldier, engineer and administrator General Sir John Monash (1865–1931).

The $50 note features Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon (1872–1967), and Australia’s first female parliamentarian, Edith Cowan (1861–1932).

The $20 note features the founder of the world’s first aerial medical service (the Royal Flying Doctor Service), the Reverend John Flynn (1880–1951), and Mary Reibey (1777–1855), who arrived in Australia as a convict in 1792 and went on to become a successful shipping magnate and philanthropist.

The $10 note features the poets AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson (1864–1941) and Dame Mary Gilmore (1865–1962). This note incorporates micro-printed excerpts of Paterson’s and Gilmore’s work.

The $5 note features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Parliament House in Canberra, the national capital.

Along with being printed on polymer, Australia's banknotes include a range of other security features designed to combat counterfeiting. Full details about the security features and how they can be used to authenticate our banknote are available from the Reserve Bank of Australia website.

Australia Coins

The $2 coin depicts an Aboriginal tribal elder set against a background of the Southern Cross and native grasses.

The $1 coin depicts five kangaroos. The standard $1 design, along with the 50, 20, 10 and 5 cent designs, was created by the Queen’s official jeweller, Stuart Devlin.

The 50 cent coin carries Australia’s coat of arms: the six-state badges on a central shield supported by a kangaroo and an emu, with a background of Mitchell grass

The 20 cent coin carries a platypus, one of only two egg-laying mammals in the world. It has webbed feet and a duck-like bill that it uses to hunt for food along the bottom of streams and rivers.

The 10 cent coin features a male lyrebird dancing. A clever mimic, the lyrebird inhabits the dense, damp forests of Australia’s eastern coast.

The 5 cent coin depicts an echidna, or spiny anteater, the world’s only other egg-laying mammal.




It is a good idea to set up an Australian bank account. You will need to provide your visa and evidence of residency. Banking services in Australia are extremely competitive. Over 20 local and numerous international banking groups are represented in Australia.

Most shopping centres have Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) facilities. These machines can be used for deposits and, in many instances, withdrawals 24 hours a day. Many department stores, supermarkets and specialist shops have electronic transfer terminals (EFTPOS) where cash withdrawals can also be made in addition to purchasing goods. More information on banking is available at

Normal bank trading hours

9.30 am – 4.00 pm Monday to Thursday

9.30 am – 5.00 pm Friday

Some banks are open Saturday mornings




The electrical current in Australia is 240/250 volts AC, 50 cycles. The Australian three-pin plug is extremely safe. Adaptors are usually required for most foreign appliances. A transformer may be required if you bring an appliance from overseas that operates on a different voltage.

Electrical sockets (outlets) in the Commonwealth of Australia are the "Type I" Australian AS-3112 type. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. (Note: The Australian standard is very similar to the Chinese CPCS-CCC and Argentine IRAM sockets. Although the three standards are technically different, they are practically interchangeable and are all grouped together under the general, unofficial "Type I" classification. The same adapter can be used in sockets of all three standards.)



Australia has a modern telecommunications system with mobile and internet access generally available at low cost. Public telephones are available at all Post Offices, shopping centres and are often situated on street corners.

Phone cards are pre-paid and can be bought at a large number of retail outlets in denominations of $A5, $A10, $A20 and $A50.

Credit phones take most major credit cards such as American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Diners International and can be found at central city locations and hotels.


Contacting Australia from Overseas

To contact Australia, first dial the country code prefix (61) then the area code without the first zero, for instance, Melbourne would be 3 instead of 02, then dial the required number. Example; 61 3 9999 3662


Mobile-Cellular Phones

Thanks to the combined efforts of Australia's telecommunications companies, Vodafone, Three, Optus and Telstra we have an effective digital network that covers our entire country. Digital mobile phones will operate in Australia if brought with you from overseas Rates for Mobiles vary considerably, please consult a Vodafone, Optus or Telstra dealer for details.

Take care when considering a Mobile phone contract in Australia and feel free to asks your Student Support Officer for support and advice