The fees will vary depending on where the money is coming from, whether the currency needs to be converted and which bank you're using.
ANZ will typically deduct these fees from your money before depositing it into your account. Some of the fees include:
Payment to ANZ bank account
Up to $15
Payment to non-ANZ bank account
Up to $25
Unconverted foreign currency payment to a non-ANZ foreign currency bank account
Bank cheque issued for amounts of $100 and over
Payments made on application and identification
ANZ's fees explained
These receiving fees aren't the only costs. There are other fees, and they're also going to be deducted from the amount of money you're receiving. Once you add up all these fees, you'll typically receive less money than was originally sent.
Senders can opt to pay these fees up-front, but this generally incurs additional costs.
Other fees include:
Sending fee. There will often be fees for initiating a money transfer through ANZ.
Correspondent bank fees. These are the fees taken out by intermediary banks along the payment route.
Exchange commissions. Every time a currency is converted en route it will typically lose a bit of itself to exchange rates. The usual procedure is to convert transfers to USD before converting them to AUD, so your money might be converted twice before it arrives.
Exchange fees. There may be additional fees for exchanging currencies on top of the commissions charged.
Fee for paying the fees up-front. If the sender wants to pay all the fees up-front, to ensure that enough money is left at the other end, they'll usually have to pay an additional fee on top of all the others.
Because there are no many fees and conversions involved in bank transfers, it's almost always cheaper to use specialist money transfer services.
What form can I receive the transfer in?
You can receive an international transfer in several different ways.
Direct to your bank account. You can get it sent straight to your ANZ account using the SWIFT network. These are often known as telegraphic transfers or wire transfers. It's reliable but expensive.
International cheque. You can receive money as an international cheque in the mail. It can then be cashed or deposited into your bank account. The funds are withdrawn from the sender's account when the cheque is cashed.
International bank draft. These are similar to cheques, except they can only be deposited into your ANZ account and are paid for up-front by the sender. This makes them more secure but less flexible than international cheques.
Money order. Money orders are very similar to bank drafts, as a pre-paid financial instrument that can be cashed later. The main difference is that they aren't specific to banks, and can instead be bought and cashed at a wider range of approved institutions, such as post offices.
Many providers will offer cheaper money transfers than ANZ. If you opt to receive your funds through a specialist money transfer service, rather than through ANZ, you could end up with more in your pocket.
The calculator below lets you see how much different specialist money transfer services may cost, so you can see how much you could save.
Disclaimer: Exchange rates change often. Confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.
Frequently asked questions
It varies depending on where the money is coming from, but it will typically take several business days for your money to arrive.
Andrew Munro is the cryptocurrency editor at Finder. He was initially writing about insurance, when he accidentally fell in love with digital currency and distributed ledger technology (aka “the blockchain”). Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, and has written guides about everything from industrial pigments to cosmetic surgery.
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