AUD to ZAR Exchange Rate

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What influences the AUD/ZAR exchange rate?

The Foreign Exchange Operations section of the Financial Markets Department at the South African Reserve Bank is in charge of executing the country’s foreign exchange policy. Its functions include monitoring the developments that occur in international and local markets, accumulating foreign exchange reserves, and conducting money market swaps in forex for domestic liquidity management of the rand.2


Because of the countries’ floating exchange rate system, the AUD/ZAR exchange rate will be determined by supply and demand for these currencies within the foreign exchange market.4


South Africa has an abundance of natural resources and mineral deposits, so the exchange rate of the South African rand is influenced by developments within global commodities markets, as is the AUD.3   As commodity currencies, both the AUD and ZAR can be affected by slowing in major commodity consuming nations such as China and the U.S.

AUD/ZAR Snapshot

“South Africa is Australia's largest export market in Africa.” – Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade5  


  • Imports from South Africa total A$1,700 million, while exports to South Africa total A$1,590 million.6

  • As of August 2016, South Africa had regained the top spot as Africa’s biggest economy, based on GDP.7

  • In 2015, South Africa was ranked 32nd in GDP, while Australia ranked 12th.8 In 2014, South Africa was the 36th largest exporter and the 33rd largest importer in the world, while Australia was the 21st biggest exporter and 21st biggest importer.9,10

  • South Africa’s top exports include diamonds, gold, platinum, iron ore, and coal briquettes, while its top imports include crude petroleum, cars, refined petroleum, gold, and computers.9


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Currency Name: South African Rand  

Currency Code: ZAR

Currency Symbol: R

Central Bank: South African Reserve Bank

Countries Used In: South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Namibia

Major Unit: One South African Rand

Minor Unit: One Cent

Note Denominations: R 10, R 20, R 50, R 100, R 200

Coin Denominations: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R 1, R 2, R 5


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