Overseas money transfer with Western Union

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Send money overseas with Western Union®

Overview

Transferring money overseas is quick, convenient and secure with Western Union. Online money transfers are available 24/7.

Using the Western Union Money Transfer service is easy. Simply visit a participating post office or click the 'Send money' button below to transfer now2.

Tip: For an estimate on applicable fees and currency rates, click on 'Get estimate' before you transfer.

Benefits

  • Speed - Your money will be available only minutes3 after it's been sent
  • Accessibility - Your recipient can collect your money transfer from over 500,0001 Western Union® Agent locations in more than 200 countries and territories3 around the world
  • Reliability - Western Union® has more than 140 years of money transfer experience and processes one million transactions4 every day
  • Convenient for you - You can transfer money in-store at a participating Australia Post retail outlet. You also don't need a bank account to transfer your money and online transfers2 only take a few minutes.
  • Convenient for the recipient - Your recipient doesn't need a bank account to receive your money. They can simply collect your money from their local Western Union Agent.
  • No hidden fees5 - When you send money with Western Union, you pay one upfront fee and the receiver pays nothing5. Your money is sent directly to an overseas Western Union Agent location to avoid additional fees5 and unnecessary delays.

Terms and conditions apply

We can also help you send money in Australia with an Australia Post Money Order.

1 Network data as of 30 June 2012.

2  Should you click on links to Western Union, you will be leaving the Australia Post site and be directed to the Western Union site to transfer your money. Please see the terms and conditions of the Western Union site for further details.

3 Funds may be delayed or services unavailable based on certain transaction conditions, including amount sent, destination country, currency availability, regulatory and foreign exchange issues, required receiver actions, identification requirements, Agent location hours, differences in time zones, or selection of delayed options. Additional restrictions may apply. See Western Union Money Transfer Transaction Form for details.

4 Source: The Western Union Company Annual Report 2010. Total transactions for 2010 were 618.6 Million / 365 days.

5 Western Union also makes money from currency exchange, subject to applicable taxes (if any). 

How to transfer money overseas

Send money

Transferring money online

It's quick and easy to send a Western Union Money Transfer online. You can pay for your money transfer using your credit card.

To find out more, visit Western Union.

Transferring money in-store

You can send and collect Western Union Money Transfers from more than 3,200 participating post offices around the country. Simply look for the Bank@Post™ sign at your local outlet.

  1. Visit a post office that offers the Bank@Post service
    Fill in a Western Union Money Transfer Transaction Form at a participating post office.
  2. Request your transaction and pay for it
    Take your completed Transaction Form and photo ID, along with the money you'd like us to send, to our service counter. You can send any amount up to A$10,000 at Australia Post. You'll be given a receipt that includes your Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) - keep this safe so you can track your transfer.
    You can pay for your money transfer using cash or EFTPOS (cheque or savings accounts only)3.
    Please note: We don't accept credit card or cheque payments for Western Union Money Transfers services.
  3. Inform your recipient
    The money you send will be available for collection within minutes1. To collect your transfer, the receiver needs to quote the MTCN from your receipt and show valid government-issued photo ID. Do not disclose the transaction details including MTCN to anyone other than your receiver.

Send money regularly?  Make your money transfers even faster with a Western Union® Gold Card. Ask at your local post office for details.

Tracking the progress of your transfer

To check the status of your transaction, please bring your MTCN to any participating post office to check the progress of your transaction at the counter.

You can also use your MTCN to check the progress online at Western Union. Alternatively, call 1800 501 500 to speak with a Western Union customer service representative.

1 Funds may be delayed or services unavailable based on certain transaction conditions, including amount sent, destination country, currency availability, regulatory and foreign exchange issues, required receiver actions, identification requirements, Agent location hours, differences in time zones, or selection of delayed options. Additional restrictions may apply. See Western Union Money Transfer Transaction Form for details.

2 Should you click on links to Western Union, you will be leaving the Australia Post site and be directed to the Western Union site to transfer your money. Please see the terms and conditions of the Western Union site for further details. 

3 Financial institution fees and limits may apply so please check with your financial institution.

Collecting a Western Union® Money Transfer

Receive money

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 to collect your money transfer:

1. Check your money is ready to collect

You can do this by contacting the person sending you the money or by checking the status of your money transfer in-store or online at Western Union1 . Make sure you have the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) listed on the sender's receipt as you can't collect your money without it.

2. Go to a post office

Visit your nearest participating post office and fill in a Western Union Transaction Form. You'll need to include the sender's name, the country the money was sent from, the MTCN and the amount you're expecting. We'll ask you to provide valid form of photo ID before you can collect your money.

3. Receive your payment

After we check your completed transaction form and photo ID, we'll check Western Union's worldwide computer network and make sure the money is available. In most cases, your money will be available to pick up in minutes2.

Find an outlet

To collect your money transfer, find your nearest participating post office.

1 Should you click on links to Western Union, you will be leaving the Australia Post site and be directed to the Western Union site to transfer your money. Please see the terms and conditions of the Western Union site for further details.

2 Funds may be delayed or services unavailable based on certain transaction conditions, including amount sent, destination country, currency availability, regulatory and foreign exchange issues, required receiver actions, identification requirements, Agent location hours, differences in time zones, or selection of delayed options. Additional restrictions may apply. See Western Union Money Transfer Transaction Form for details.

Need help?

Support & FAQs

For more information about Western Union Money Transfers, visit Western Union1 or call Western Union on  1800 501 500.

Frequently Asked Questions

1 Should you click on links to Western Union, you will be leaving the Australia Post site and be directed to the Western Union site to transfer your money. Please see the terms and conditions of the Western Union site for further details. 

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