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Features of a Foreign Currency Account

Apply online


  • Make and receive payments in another currency without converting to AUD
  • Accounts available in a range of foreign currencies
  • Online access via Westpac Online Banking to make and view transactions1.

How it works

  • You choose when your foreign currency is converted into AUD
  • You can see your foreign currency account next to your other accounts in Westpac Online Banking
  • Open online in less than 10 minutes for the 12 foreign currencies listed below. Other foreign currencies are available in branch or by speaking with your banker.

No monthly account maintenance fee.

Accounts have an Australian BSB.

Open online in less than 10 minutes.

Available currencies

Foreign currency accounts that can be opened online:
USD - United States Dollars GBP - Great British Pounds JPY - Japanese Yen

ZAR - South African Rand
EUR - Euro NOK - Norwegian Kroner

CAD - Canadian Dollars
DKK - Danish Kroner
SGD - Singapore Dollars

NZD - New Zealand Dollars
CNY - Chinese Yuan RMB
HKD - Hong Kong Dollars
If the currency you want to open is not available online then please visit your nearest Westpac branch where one of our bankers will assist you in opening an account.

No monthly account maintenance fee

A credit balance fee may be applied to your Foreign Currency Account.
Refer to the section on interest rates and credit balance fees in the Foreign Currency Account Terms and Conditions (PDF 291KB) for more details.

Fees for Related Services Amount
Outward telegraphic transfers in a foreign currency (via Westpac Online Banking except Corporate Online) $10
Outward telegraphic transfers in a foreign currency (via Corporate Online) $20
Outward telegraphic transfers in Australian dollars (via Westpac Online Banking) $20
Outward telegraphic transfers in Australian dollars or foreign currency (via branch/over-the-counter) $32
All inward telegraphic transfers in Australian dollars or foreign currency $12

All amounts stated are in Australian Dollars. Telegraphic Transfer fees relate to both international and domestic. Other fees may apply. View the full list (PDF 82KB)

Use an existing eligible Australian dollar Westpac account or open a new bank account.

  • To make an outward telegraphic transfer from your Foreign Currency Account using Westpac Online Banking, you must have an eligible Westpac Australian dollar transaction account. You will not be able to proceed with the transaction on your Foreign Currency Account unless you have an eligible Westpac Australian dollar transaction account linked to your profile. Standard fees and charges may apply for this Westpac Australian dollar transaction account.
  • This eligible Westpac Australian dollar account must contain a sufficient balance to pay the applicable telegraphic transfer fees.
  • If you don’t already have an eligible Westpac Australian dollar transaction account, you can open one online or by contacting us.

More information

For more information refer to the terms and conditions:

If you have any queries or would like to apply for a currency not available online you can:

  • Contact any Westpac branch
  • Contact your Westpac Relationship Manager.

For enquiries or full details of all terms and conditions:

Things you should know
A Foreign Currency Account should not be used to speculate on foreign currencies or to conduct frequent trading of foreign currencies.

A Foreign Currency Account is not an account to assist with travel needs. It cannot be linked to a Travel Money card and you cannot access your Foreign Currency Account through an ATM, either within Australia or overseas.

You cannot withdraw or deposit foreign notes or coins into a Foreign Currency Account.

Deposits held in Foreign Currency Accounts are not covered by the Australian Government’s Financial Claims Scheme.

Overdraft facilities are subject to application and Westpac's lending assessment criteria. Fees and charges may apply to the products and services listed. Full details of the Terms and Conditions for this product are available on request.


1. Online Banking Terms and Conditions apply.

2. The Unarranged Lending Rate was known as the Overdue Rate until 31 August 2018.