Western Union offer a comprehensive money transfer service that is available 24/7. Once you have registered for a free account there a few ways you can transfer money either in person, online or through the app.
Western Union have over 5,000 agent locations across Australia and over 500,000 worldwide. You can transfer money online to be picked up in person by the beneficiary. Once the transaction has been completed, the funds can be picked up within minutes (depending on fund availability and opening hours of the agent location).
If the beneficiary doesn’t wish to visit an agent location, the funds can be sent directly to a bank account. You’ll need the recipients banking details, SWIFT and/or IBAN number(s) depending on where the transfer is being sent. A direct to bank transfer can take up to 5 days to be delivered and is available in over 30 countries.
Western Union offer the option to deliver funds direct to the recipient’s mobile wallet. This service is limited to 9 countries and participating mobile networks within these countries. Mobile wallets are used to pay for goods, bills and public transport among other things.
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To make an international money transfer with Western Union you will need to create a free account. You’ll need to provide an Australian driver’s license, Medicare card or passport as proof of identity during the sign-up. In some cases, where additional information is required, you may be asked to contact their call centre. Once your account is approved you can log in, select the service you require and complete the transaction. You can also visit a Western Union agent and complete the transfer in person.