CommSec Share Trading Account

A CommSec Share Trading Account gives you a fast, simple and affordable way to buy and sell Australian shares. You can place orders without a deposit1, so you can take advantage of investment opportunities when they arise. And you can place them however suits you best — online, on the go via our App or over the phone.

To settle your trades, you can choose an existing cash account, or access our lowest brokerage rates with a Commonwealth Direct Investment Account2, 3. With our seamless cash integration, you can make real-time cash transfers, and login just once via either NetBank or CommSec to manage your cash and trading accounts.

Convenience, flexibility and great value aren’t all a CommSec Share Trading Account offers. On the CommSec website you’ll find everything you need to invest with confidence, whatever your level of experience — free real-time quotes, market depth, live announcements and live charting, no conditions attached.

Apply now and you could be trading today..

Products you can invest in with this account

Australian shares

Invest in Australian companies listed on the ASX, with brokerage from as low as $10.002 per trade. Use our free research, live quotes and trading tools to help you invest with confidence.

Exchange Traded Funds

Exchange Traded Funds are funds that trade on a stock exchange like ordinary shares. They combine the investment advantages of managed funds with the ease and cost-effectiveness of share trading.


Warrants trade on the ASX and provide leveraged exposure to underlying shares, indices, currencies, commodities and listed managed investments.


MINI trading warrants (MINIs) are a type of trading warrant that provide the potential for a high return for a relatively small capital investment. 

Partly Paid Securities

Partly Paid Securities do not require full payment upfront; you make a small initial investment to acquire the security and pay additional instalment(s) over time.

Company Options

Company Options are issued by a company to raise capital and trade on the ASX. They provide the holder the right but not the obligation to buy additional shares in the company at a specified price.

How it works

Use a CommSec Share Trading Account to invest in a range of ASX-listed securities, including Australian shares, using our award-winning trading platform. View free real-time share and market prices, and settle your trades through the cash account of your choice or a CDIA3 for brokerage from as low as $10.00 per trade2.

  • Get informed with our extensive range of free trading tools, industry research and market news. 
  • Place orders up to $5,000 - online, via our App or over the phone - without a deposit1.
  • Settle trades to the cash account of your choice. 
  • Stay in touch with your portfolio and monitor its performance 24/7. 

Already an experienced trader? You may qualify for premium support and benefits via CommSec One. Click here to find out more.


Rates and fees

Trade Execution

Brokerage fee amount by transaction value1,2

Trade online and settle your trade to a CDIA3 or CommSec Margin Loan3

$10.00 (Up to and including $1,000)

$19.95 (Over $1,000 up to $10,000 (inclusive))

$29.95 (Over $10,000 up to $25,000 (inclusive))

0.12% (Over $25,000)

Trade online and settle into a bank account of your choice

$29.95 (Up to and including $9,999.99)

0.31% ($10,000 and above)

Share Trades over the Phone4

$59.95 (Up to and including $10,000)

0.52% (Over $10,000 up to $25,000 (inclusive))

0.49% (Over $25,000 up to $1,000,000 (inclusive))

0.11% (Over $1,000,000)

Trades requiring settlement through a third party5

$99.95 (Up to and including $15,000)

0.66% (Over $15,000)

Deceased Estates

$59.95 (Up to and including $10,000)

0.52% (Over $10,000 up to $25,000 (inclusive))

0.49% (Over $25,000 up to $1,000,000 (inclusive))

0.11% (Over $1,000,000)

Unless otherwise indicated, where a fee or charge is expressed as a percentage, it refers to a percentage of the transaction value. For GST rounding reasons, the final brokerage fee may result in a slight variance from the stated or expected charge, which may exceed two cents for large trades.

Alternative brokerage rates may be agreed from time to time and (if agreed to) will be payable under clause 22 of CommSec’s General Conditions of Trade.

To be eligible, you must trade online, be CHESS Participant Sponsored with CommSec and settle your trades through either a Commonwealth Direct Investment Account (CDIA) or a CommSec Margin Loan.

Brokerage charged (shares, warrants and listed managed investments): Brokerage at these rates applies each time you buy or sell a stock, warrant or listed managed investment.

Includes third party Margin Lending, and where the Commonwealth Bank exercises its rights under the loan Terms and Conditions.

Other fees may apply. Please see the CommSec Financial Services Guide

$0. There are no monthly fees associated with a CommSec Share Trading account.

Who can apply?

You can apply for a CommSec Share Trading Account if you are:

  • 18 years or older with an Australian residential and postal address; or
  • An Australian registered or incorporated company; or
  • An Australian trust or SMSF.

What you’ll need if you’re new to CommSec:

  • ID (e.g. driver’s licence or passport)
  • SMSF name and Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Company details and Australian Company Number (ACN)
  • Certified copy of the Trust Deed (if applicable)

Get started

Open a CommSec Share Trading Account

Be up and running in as little as 5 minutes. Start by choosing one of the options below:

Trade from $10.00

Buy and sell shares using a CommSec Share Trading Account and settle with our Commonwealth Direct Investment Account (CDIA)3. With a CDIA, you can seamlessly settle trades, transact and earn interest.

Trade from $29.95

Buy and sell shares using a CommSec Share Trading Account with your existing bank account.

Frequently asked questions

Important: The shares you wish to transfer (whether held with another broker or the share registry) must have identical registration details (both name and address) to your CommSec Share Trading Account. If registration details differ by even one character, you will need to change these details before completing the form.

Shares held with the share registry
To transfer shares held with the share registry into your CommSec share trading account you will need to submit an Issuer to CHESS transfer request. You can do this online by logging in and navigating to Portfolio > Accounts (select account) > Transfers. 

For the transfer to be successful the name and address registered on your issuer holdings must match your CommSec account. 

Your request will be completed within 72 hours.

Please note: If your shares are held in another entity, for example yourself in trust for a super fund, you need to complete an Off Market Transfer form.

Once your buy order is partially or fully executed with CommSec, settlement will take place two (2) business days after its execution (T+2)4.

  • We will automatically direct debit from your nominated bank account on T+2. To view the bank account you nominated on your application form, select Portfolio > Profile after you have logged into your CommSec account.
  • To view or change the bank account you nominated on your application form, select the ‘View or Edit Account Details’ from the link at the top of the page.

When you have bought and sold shares on the same day and next the next trading day, your payment may be partially or wholly offset. For more information refer to the New Client Guide.

CHESS (Clearing House Electronic Sub-register System) is the system used by the ASX to record shareholdings and manage the settlement of share transactions.
If you are CHESS sponsored by CommSec you can automatically keep track of your portfolio and its market value online, it’s easy to buy and sell shares (because all the required information is available, so you don't have to ask the company’s share registry to provide it) and you can even place a buy order without a deposit if you have sufficient holdings sponsored by us.
For your holdings to be registered in the CHESS Settlement Facility, you need to be sponsored by a Settlement Participant of the ASX Group, such as CommSec. Broker sponsored holdings are allocated a Holder Identification Number (HIN).
To become CHESS sponsored with CommSec, download the form from Support > Forms & Brochures > ‘Broker to Broker CHESS sponsorship’ form.

Your initial purchase of any particular shareholding must be at least $500 worth of shares, known as a 'minimum marketable parcel of shares'. CommSec may then allow you to purchase smaller amounts of shares to top up existing share holdings. For example, if you hold $500 worth of shares in XYZ you may be able to purchase a smaller amount of XYZ to increase your existing holding.

The CDIA is a Commonwealth Bank cash account specifically designed for CommSec share traders, allowing you to trade, save and transact, when and where it suits you. For more information about the CDIA, click here.

Knowing where to start can be quite a challenge but there are ways to narrow down the possibilities.

Once you’ve defined your investment goals, think about companies you know and have a relationship with — whether it’s a company you work for, shop at, travel with or something else. Do those companies meet your investment criteria? You can use CommSec’s research tools and CommSec Learn to obtain more information to get more ideas.

You can trade with CommSec with brokerage from as low as $10.002. Brokerage is charged when your order results in a trade.

The CommSec app is a mobile application that you can use to view your portfolio and place trades, wherever you are. You can download it to your iPad, iPhone or Android device (excluding Android tablets) from the iTunes App Store or from Google Play. For more information, click here.

Whenever an order you have placed results in a trade, you will receive a Confirmation Contract Note by email, post or both, depending on the preference you have selected. Confirmation Contract Notes are generated on the day of the trade. You can access up-to-date information on the status of your orders on the CommSec website at any time.

No, your CommSec Trading Account allows you to place orders of up to $5,000 without deposit1. That limit applies to leading stock, and you can also buy up $1,000 of non-leading stock within that amount. That limit applies to leading stocks, and you can also buy up to $1,000 of non-leading stocks within that amount. If you have cash in your linked Commonwealth Direct Investment Account (CDIA) or have shares in your CommSec Trading Account, you may be able to increase this amount. The funds will be direct debited from your linked cash account in full on the settlement date, which is two (2) trading days after your trade has taken place (T+2)3.

We used to offer a One-Off Trade option, but unfortunately we have now stopped this service. If you want to sell a share holding through CommSec, you'll need to open a CommSec Share Trading Account in the same name that the shares are registered under.

Here's how to find out what name your shares are registered under:

  1. Look for your latest dividend or holding statement for each share holding you want to sell
  2. Log onto the share registry website and view your details online (website details should be detailed on the statement)
  3. Click here to Open a CommSec Share Trading Account online.
  4. Once your CommSec Share Trading Account is open, you'll need to transfer your shares from the share registry to your CommSec trading account before you can sell them. Here's How to transfer shares from the share registry.
If you already have a CommSec Share Trading Account in the same name as the shares, you can go ahead and transfer the shares to your CommSec account, then place an order to sell them.

Financial Services Guide

Financial Services Guide Icon FSG

The Financial Services Guide ("FSG") provides information about Commonwealth Securities to help you decide whether to use the financial services we offer.

Share Trading Terms and Conditions

Product Disclosure Statement PDS

For a complete outline of what your obligations are when you buy or sell shares through CommSec please review the Share Trading Terms and Conditions document.

Download the Share Trading Terms and Conditions


1 Funds must be available on the morning of the settlement date. For further information, read about CommSec's trading limits.

2 To be eligible, you must trade online, be CHESS Participant Sponsored with CommSec and settle your trades through either a Commonwealth Direct Investment Account (CDIA) or a CommSec Margin Loan.

The target market for this product can be found within the product’s Target Market Determination, available here.

4 Exceptions will occur when the stock is tracking under a Deferred Settlement basis.



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