Bank beating overseas money transfer rates


03 Mar 2021

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Using your existing bank for international money transfers might seem like the simplest and most convenient option, but did you know that using a specialist transfer provider can make the process more streamlined and considerably more cost-effective?

If you're using a big bank to handle your overseas money transfers, you're more than likely being slugged with uncompetitive exchange rates and high transfer fees, according to a recent report from the ACCC which reveals that the big banks are especially unlikely to offer the best deals when it comes to exchanging common currencies, like the US Dollar or the British Pound.

As the report explains, if you’re planning to send an overseas money transfer of USD7000, you could save over AUD500 by opting for the cheapest IMT supplier instead of the most expensive big four bank.

The good news is that there are now a range of specialist money transfer dynamos taking on the banks in Australia, with ultra competitive exchange rates, fee-free transfers, fast and secure online services and specialist account support.

So if you're sick of being robbed every time you make an overseas money transfer, read on for the low down on four top specialist transfer providers taking on the big banks in Australia right now.


TorFX International Money Transfer
  • Excellent exchange rates that beat the banks

  • Mozo Experts Choice Winner 2017^

  • No transfer fees or commission

Our verdict

TorFX has been taking on the big banks in Australia with ultra competitive international money transfer rates for over ten years. As a specialist money transfer provider, TorFX is dedicated to providing streamlined and cost effective transfers, and its exceptional value saw it recognised for Best Value International Money Transfers in the 2017 Mozo Expert's Choice Awards. Opening an account with TorFX is free and easily done online, and there’s no obligation to trade. Trading is fast, free and secure and you'll get a personal account manager to help you with the process.

OFX International Money Transfer
  • Bank beating rates on global money transfers

  • Save up to 70%* on the rates banks charge

  • $0 fees on transfers over A$250 or equivalent

Our verdict

OFX processed transactions worth over AUD$20 billion in 2017, and it's no wonder customers are loving them, given their competitive exchange rates and promise of no fees on transfers of $250 or more. You can transfer money to 190 countries in all the major currencies and a wide range of exotic ones too. What's more, OFX offers specialist 24/7 service over the phone and online. Transfers to most countries take 1-2 business days and you can track your transfer online or with the mobile app.

WorldFirst International Money Transfer
  • Exchange rates up to seven times better than the big 4 banks*

  • Mozo Experts Choice Winner 2020^

  • $0 fees on transfers

Our verdict

WorldFirst provides international money transfers for businesses and individuals on a Mozo award winning online platform. This ASIC regulated specialist transfer provider has handled more than 1 million transfers a year since launching in 2004. You can transfer 24/7 online, via the app or over the phone with fee-free transfers and a price match guarantee using a dedicated currency specialist. It's no wonder WorldFirst took out a Mozo Experts Choice Award in 2020 for Best Value International Money Transfers.

^See information about the Mozo Experts Choice International money transfers Awards

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*Want to know how these providers offer such big savings? Find out here at WorldFirst and here at OFX.