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Banking/Business Hours/ATM Card Use

Banks are generally open 9.00am to 4pm Mon-Thu; 9:00am-5pm Fri. In some states selected banking facilities are available on Saturday morning. General office hours including Post Offices are 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri. Stamps are often available at front desks of hotels and motels and at selected retail outlets. ATM cards can be used in Australia at both ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) and at participating retail locations, so long as they have been enabled for international access. Your ATM card must carry either the CIRRUS, PLUS or STAR international ATM mark or the Interlink or Maestro POS mark. Travellers should contact their bank at home for information on availability and service charges.

Credit Cards

The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa and their affiliates. Use may be restricted in smaller towns and country areas and small retail shops. Australian currency is decimal with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents equals one dollar).

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Travellers Cheques

You should cash travellers cheques at banks or larger hotels as it may be difficult elsewhere. Banks will charge a fee for cashing travellers checks. Banks will cash most travellers checks in every currency. Most widely accepted are American Express, Thomas Cook, Barclays, Bank of America, Visa and MasterCard.

Australian Banks

  • Advance Bank
  • ANZ Bank
1800 033 285
  • Bankwest
1800 651 888
  • Citibank
  • Colonial State Bank
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Maquarie Bank
1800 806 301
  • Metway Bank
  • National Bank
  • St George Bank
1800 224 584
  • Westpac Bank


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