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Best Forex Brokers Australia for 2019

Steven Hatzakis

The ForexBrokers.com annual forex broker review (three years running) is the most cited in the industry. With over 60,000 words of research across the site, we spend hundreds of hours testing forex brokers each year. How we test.

Trading forex (currencies) in Australia is popular among residents and international traders seeking an Australian-based broker. Before any fx broker in Australia can accept forex and CFDs traders, they must become authorised by the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC), which is the financial markets regulator in Australia. ASIC's website is asic.gov.au. We recommend users also follow ASIC on Twitter, @ASIC_Connect.

Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) logo

After the Australian Securities Commission (founded in 1991) was dissolved, ASIC was established in 1998 as a national regulatory authority which reports to the treasurer and administers legislation for the Insurance Act of 1984, the Corporations Act of 2001, and the National Consumer Credit Protection Act of 2009. For a historical breakdown, here's a link to ASIC's webpage on Wikipedia.

Best Forex Brokers Australia

To find the best forex brokers in Australia, we created a list of all ASIC authorised brokers, then ranked brokers by their Trust Score. Here is our list of the top Australian forex brokers.

Australian Forex Brokers Comparison

Compare Australian authorised forex and CFDs brokers side by side using the forex broker comparison tool or the summary table below. This broker list is sorted by the firm's ForexBrokers.com Trust Score.

Forex BrokerAccepts AU ResidentsAverage Spread EUR/USD - StandardMinimum Initial DepositTrust ScoreOverallVisit Site
IGYes0.700£250.0099 4.5 Stars Visit Site
Saxo BankYes0.600$10,000.0098 4.5 Stars N/A
Plus500Yes0.600€10093 3 Stars N/A
City IndexYes0.770 £100.0091 4 Stars N/A
eToroYes3.00$20088 4 Stars N/A
easyMarketsYes1.000$100.0081 4 Stars N/A
PepperstoneYes1.160$200.0079 3.5 Stars N/A
XM GroupYes1.600$5-10078 3.5 Stars N/A
ThinkMarketsYesN/A$250.0077 3.5 Stars N/A
Vantage FX Yes1.400$10076 3.5 Stars N/A
IC MarketsYes1.100$20072 4 Stars N/A

How to Verify ASIC Authorisation

To identify if a forex broker is regulated by ASIC, the first step is to identify the register number from the disclosure text at the bottom of the broker's Australia homepage. For example, here's the key disclosure text from Pepperstone's website,

Pepperstone Group Limited is registered in Australia at Level 5, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, and is licensed and regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Pepperstone Group Limited | ACN 147 055 703 | AFSL No.414530."

Next, look up the firm number on the ASIC website to validate their current regulatory status. Here is the official ASIC page for Pepperstone.

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Steven Hatzakis

About the author: Steven Hatzakis Steven Hatzakis is the Global Director of Research for ForexBrokers.com. Steven previously served as an Editor for Finance Magnates, where he authored over 1,000 published articles about the online finance industry. Steven is an active fintech and crypto industry researcher and advises blockchain companies at the board level. Over the past 20 years, Steven has held numerous positions within the international forex markets, from writing to consulting to serving as a registered commodity futures representative.


Trading CFDs, FX, and cryptocurrencies involves a high degree of risk. All providers have a percentage of retail investor accounts that lose money when trading CFDs with their company. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money and whether you understand how CFDs, FX, and cryptocurrencies work. All data was obtained from a published web site as of 02/18/2019 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The ForexBrokers.com staff is constantly working with its online broker representatives to obtain the latest data. If you believe any data listed above is inaccurate, please contact us using the link at the bottom of this page.

IG - 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

OANDA - CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 77% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Plus500UK Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 509909).

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