Australia has a decimal system with 100 cents to the dollar ($AUD). Coins have values of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2 dollars. Notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 AUD.
Banks and foreign exchange
Usual banking hours are Monday to Thursday 9am–4pm, Friday 9am–5pm. Major banks ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB, and Westpac, have offices in Melbourne and many towns in regional Victoria. In smaller centres, you may withdraw money at a post office or newsagent. Major city branches can exchange foreign currency. Foreign currency exchange bureaux are also available at the airport and in Melbourne's central business district. ATMs (automatic teller machines) are widely available in the city and regional areas.
Plastic cards and travellers cheques
American Express and Travelex are widely recognised in Victoria and can be cashed at banks and foreign exchange bureaux, larger hotels and car rental agents. Passport ID is required when cashing travellers cheques. Service fees vary. Major credit cards – Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club and affiliates – are widely accepted across Victoria. Some retailers in larger centres also accept JCB cards. ATMs (automatic teller machines) are widely available.
Tipping is not customary in Australia, and is at your discretion.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent on most goods and services such as accommodation, day tours, guides, translators, food, transport (coach, rail and cruise) and other tourism services. Prices quoted for an Australian holiday will include the 10 per cent GST, payable at the time of ticketing. International airfares are the exception and do not attract GST.