🇦🇺 Monzo in Australia [Wiki]

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Currency

Australian dollar, $, AUD

Card usage

Contactless is very high across the capital cities and is widespread in smaller towns, so cards are accepted almost everywhere. If paying with chip and pin, select ‘Credit’, not ‘Savings’ or ‘Cheque’.

ATMs

The two largest ATM networks, Commonwealth Bank and RediATM charge $3 for withdrawals.

Payment and withdrawal limits

All Monzo cards have some payment and withdrawal limits. To check yours before you leave, tap on the manage card icon and then tap on Spending and card limits.

Contactless limit is $100 per transaction; for larger amounts, use chip and pin.

Crowdsourced merchant data

Please contribute merchant data!

Some restaurants charge a card processing fee to the customers, i.e. add a card processing surcharge not shown on the bill, which is permitted by law. However, this is rare.

Public Transport

For public transport in the state of Victoria (i.e. Melbourne) you can use a Myki card, which you can top up at train stations and convenience stores.
For public transport in Sydney, an Opal card is available, as are paper tickets. Since November 2018 Mastercard contactless (incl. Apple Pay) payments can be used on all buses, trains, light rail and Sydney Ferries operated by Transport for NSW. Contactless is not yet available on Fast Ferry services.


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CommBank had a big advertisement campaign that ATM withdrawals are free for all banks, hence they shouldn’t charge a $3 fee. Can someone in Australia confirm whether CommBank ATMs charge a $3 fee and update the wiki accordingly?

I believe contactless is now available on all Sydney public transport. Could someone update the wiki?

Commonwealth Bank today is trying to charge me $7.50 for an ATM cash withdrawal.

So after re-reading this thread, I went to the NAB nearby and it was only $3.

I’ve taken Monzo to Australia and NZ several times since I first posted on this thread with no hassles. But seldom or never withdrawn cash (you just don’t need to) so still learning on that one.

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