Who can open an International Shares Account?

You can apply for a CommSec International Shares Account if you and all additional applicants’ identity have been verified and are:

  • 18 years or older with an Australian residential and postal address
  • Are an individual and/or joint account holder, or
  • An Australian registered or incorporated company, or
  • An Australian formal trust or SMSF

If you fit the above criteria, you must also have the following:

  • An existing CommSec Australian Shares Account and Commonwealth Direct Investment Account (CDIA) in the same name, and
  • A valid photo ID, such as an Australian Driver's Licence, Passport, or Medicare card that is not expired.

This account is available to and for the benefit of Australian residents only. If you are a U.S Person, or not residing in Australia, you will not be able to open an International Shares Account at this time. Limitations or restrictions may apply to applicants with citizenship or tax residency in countries not accepted by our international custodian.

Please ensure all your personal details are up-to-date and accurate before applying.  

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