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Moving money across international borders

You must declare cash and non-cash forms of money (such as traveller’s cheques, cheques and money orders) in Australian and foreign currency if the combined value is AUD10,000 or more when you: 

  • Travel into or out of Australia with it 
  • Send it overseas (for example, by mail, courier, air or sea freight), or 
  • Receive it from overseas (for example, by mail, courier, air or sea freight).

There is no limit to the amount of money that you can travel with, receive and send overseas.  

How to declare cash and non-cash forms of money

Travelling into or out of Australia with money

Complete the online declaration form before you pass through customs when arriving or departing Australia. Save a copy of your submission receipt, as you may need to show it to an Australian Border Force or police officer.

Online form: Travelling into or out of Australia with money

Sending or have received money from overseas 

You may be sending, or have received money from overseas, by mail, courier, air or sea freight. If you are sending money, complete the online form before you send it. If you have received money from overseas, complete the online form within five business days of receiving it.

Online form: Sending or have received money from overseas

What do I need to declare?

You must declare cash and non-cash forms of money in Australian and foreign currency if the combined value is AUD10,000 or more when moving it into or out of Australia. 

These cash and non-cash forms of money are known as monetary instruments, and they include: 

  • Physical currency or cash, and 
  • Bearer negotiable instruments (BNIs): 
    • Cheque 
    • Traveller's cheque 
    • Money order, postal order or similar order 
    • Bill of exchange 
    • Promissory note 
    • Bearer bond 
    • Other negotiable instruments not covered above.

A BNI often includes an instruction 'pay to the bearer'. The bearer is the person in possession of the BNI. You need to declare the BNI and complete the form even if the BNI does not specify a payee (a person who the funds would be paid to).

You don’t need to declare bullion or other precious metals to AUSTRAC. For more information about travelling with bullion, visit the Australian Border Force website.

You also don’t need to declare money that you transfer overseas or receive from overseas through a bank or a remittance service provider (money transfer business).

If you are a reporting entity, you can submit a cross-border movement report through AUSTRAC Online.

Fees for carrying money

You won’t be charged any fees for declaring physical currency or BNIs.

Rules about carrying and declaring money

Penalties for not reporting movement of money overseas

You may face penalties, including fines and imprisonment, for not reporting cash or non-cash forms of money (BNIs) in Australian and foreign currency if the combined value is AUD10,000 or more when you enter or leave Australia, or send or receive money overseas. 

How to pay your fine

If you have been given an infringement notice, you can pay the fine in three ways.

  • Secure online payment using credit card.
  • Internet or phone banking via BPAY. This option is for Australian residents only. The BPAY biller code and customer reference are on the back of your infringement notice.
  • Money order or bank draft in Australian dollars payable to AUSTRAC.

What happens to a form once it is submitted

The information provided on the form is stored securely and is only accessible to AUSTRAC and a number of partner agencies including law enforcement. Personal details are not provided to any private companies. For more information, see AUSTRAC’s Privacy Policy.

Getting a copy of your completed form

You can apply for a copy of your completed form under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). You can’t apply for information about another person, unless they have given their permission. Find out more about our freedom of information policy and processes.

Getting help

You can contact us for help or more information.

If you are travelling into or out of Australia and you are unable to complete the online form, you can request a paper version from an Australian Border Force or police officer. They can help you complete the declaration form.

The content on this website is general and is not legal advice. Before you make a decision or take a particular action based on the content on this website, you should check its accuracy, completeness, currency and relevance for your purposes. You may wish to seek independent professional advice.

Last updated: 20 Jun 2022
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