Use the currency transfer calculator below to compare exchange rates and fees for sending AUD to the United Kingdom.
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The Australian dollar is the fifth-most-traded currency in the world. It's commonly referred to as the "Aussie" in forex markets. When it was first created, suggestions for its name included the koala, the royal and the austral.
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The British pound sterling is the official currency of the United Kingdom and the fourth-most-traded currency in the world. Unlike the majority of European countries, the UK never adopted the euro in 1999, and is no longer part of the European Union. The pound continues to be an important currency benchmark for many nations.
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Real-time market rate for popular transfer amounts AUD to GBP
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How to get the best AUD to GBP exchange rate
There are plenty of steps you can take to ensure that you find the best AUD/GBP exchange rate for your next international money transfer.
Monitor the current rate. Real-time currency converter tools like XE or Google can help you keep up with the AUD/GBP mid-market rate. Compare this rate to the exchange rates on offer from money transfer providers to see if you're getting value for money.
Get quotes. The exchange rate quoted on the homepage of some money transfer providers can sometimes be the mid-market rate, rather than the rate they actually offer customers. To find out what exchange rate will actually apply to your transaction, fill out the info required to obtain a quote and then compare quotes between providers.
Use forward contracts. A forward contract allows you to lock in an attractive exchange rate now for a transaction that will take place in the future, possibly even years in advance. This makes it possible to protect yourself against falling exchange rates. Not all money transfer companies offer forward contracts, so check with your provider if this is an option.
Use limit orders. Limit orders are another flexible transfer tool that allow you to lock in a good rate and also save time. When you place a limit order you choose the exchange rate you want and enter the details of your transfer, and that transfer will be automatically sent when the exchange rate you want becomes available.
Send larger transfers. A larger transfer will mean that you only pay one transfer fee instead of multiple fees. Some providers will waive their fees altogether on bigger transfer amounts, so if it's an option for you, consider consolidating your transfers.
Learn more: Why aren’t I paying today’s exchange rate?
You may have noticed that the actual exchange rate differs from the rate you get once you've exchanged the money.
For example, say today's exchange rate is AUD$1 to GBP£0.49. You go to the ATM in London and withdraw money using your Australian bank card. Not only will you be hit by your bank's fee as well as the ATM fee, but you'll notice the exchange rate you get isn't the same as the market rate – the number of pounds you end up with is smaller.
This difference between the mid-market rate and the rate charged by the banks or transfer services is called the "spread". Some transfer providers offer lower fees but weaker exchange rates, while others charge no fees but profit from the margin between their rates and the mid-market rate.
How can I predict the best time to exchange my money into pounds?
The best time to send money to the UK is when either the Australian dollar is strong or the pound is weak. While it's impossible to predict this perfectly, you can look at several economic factors for both countries and make an informed forecast.
These are three of the main factors that can influence an exchange rate.
This is the difference between how many foreign goods a country imports and how much it exports.
More exports = a stronger currency. If a country's goods are in higher demand, more of its currency is going to be bought. As the demand for the currency goes up, so too does its value.
More imports = a weaker currency. When there's a low demand for a country's goods, there's a low demand for its currency. This will make the currency drop in value.
Imports and exports between Australia and the UK are going to have a more direct effect on the exchange rate. What makes one currency stronger can often make the other simultaneously weaker.
Inflation refers to how prices rise in a country over time. It's generally a gradual process, with prices rising every year by a small percentage and other economic factors like consumer price index adjusting along with it. Inflation means that your dollar buys you less than before. As for what inflation has to do with currency exchange:
Low inflation = a stronger currency. Lower inflation signals to investors that the economy is more stable, so their money is safer. With more investors interested, the higher demand for the currency.
High inflation = a weaker currency. When inflation is high, prices are high, which leads to people buying less. With fewer exports and less interest from foreign investors, the currency often drops in value.
This is the fee you're charged when borrowing money and it's a good indicator of the health of a country's currency. Interest rates are set by the Reserve Bank in Australia and you can read some expert forecasts on it here. The Bank of England is in charge of whether the UK's interest rates holds, increases or decreases.
High interest rates = a stronger currency. A country with a higher interest rate is more attractive to investors, who want to get a higher return on their investments. With foreign investor money coming into the country, the currency grows stronger.
Low interest rates = a weaker currency. With low interest rates, people are less likely to invest their money. This means the currency has less value.
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What's the best way to send money to the UK?
The next step is finding the best transfer provider for you. There are three main options to choose from. For more, check out our guide on how to transfer money to the UK.
Shirley Liu is Finder's global program manager. She was previously the publisher for banking and investments and has also written comparisons for energy, money transfers, Uber Eats and many other topics. Shirley has a Master of Commerce and a Bachelor of Media, Journalism and Communications from the University of New South Wales. She is passionate about helping people find the best deal for their needs.
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