What is Xero?

Simply put, Xero is the fastest growing cloud accounting system for small businesses.

From business owners to accountants and bookkeepers, it helps 1.8 million users transform the way they handle their businesses finances.

What this means for WorldFirst customers

WorldFirst customers are now able to connect Xero to their WorldFirst currency accounts to seamlessly reconcile their transactions. This will be the first step in our commitment to delivering seamless payment and collection services for our customers.

Xero problems, more solutions

All it takes is a simple one-time sign-up to help you start saving hours of admin time for you and your accountant. Once you sign-up, your transactions will instantly sync; you’ll be able to get a real-time view of your accounts and stay up-to-date with your finances on the go.

You asked, we listened

Following extensive customer research, we found that accounting system integration was one of the most the most requested feature by customers. At WorldFirst, we put you at the heart of what we do, and that’s why we took your feedback on board to bring you this integration with Xero.

Take a look at our set up guide & FAQ’s for more information or connect your accounts now.

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Discover the benefits of connecting your World Account

Say goodbye to manually uploading statements

Reduce the amount of time you spend on admin by digitising your finances from start to finish.

This gives you more time to focus on growing your business.

Reconcile with World Account and Xero at the click of a button

Import and categorise your bank transactions in a matter of seconds.

It’s that simple.

Auto-bank reconciliation with the Xero Banks Feeds API

Take advantage of the most-used functionality on Xero and experience a great account reconciliation process.

You’ll soon see why bank feeds are Xero’s most popular feature.

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Benefits of World Account

- Same-day account opening in one or multiple currency accounts

- Collect and receive funds from global customers in local currencies

- Book and manage forward contracts, securing rates for up to 2 years

World First Pty Ltd is a designated remittance provider with the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), remittance sector registration number: IND100192523-001. Regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) number 331945. Australian Company Number (ACN) 132 368 971. Member of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, membership number 13405.

If you’re considering making a foreign exchange transaction, or you’re a new or existing customer looking for more information, it’s important your read our PDS available online.

*0.50% or less applies to 25 of our major and most popular currencies.

Price match applies if it doesn't result in a loss for us, we'll match it.

Many banks and payment providers frequently claim to offer “fair” and “transparent” pricing, yet the reality is something very different. Our new pricing model aims to provide both new and existing customers with fair, simple and transparent pricing, using 3 clear FX margin bands margins (0.5%, 0.25% and 0.15%) with no hidden fees. With transparent pricing our customers and potential customers can clearly compare WorldFirst to our competitors.

How do we collect this data?

WorldFirst obtain price comparisons from other international payment providers’ websites, at specific dates and time using a third-party supplier. The comparison table shows the spread applied by the competition to transfer amounts of AUD 1,000, 10,000 and 50,000 into EUR, USD and GBP.

1. The spread

The spread is the percentage difference between the exchange rate we buy our currency at and the rate at which we sell it to our customers. We at WorldFirst take a smaller spread than most banks and other currency companies, and pass this benefit on to our clients, making all our transfers simpler and more transparent.

2. The cost of international payments

For each pricing band we look at the FX spread applied. This is what we use to compare against our fixed bands of (0.50%, 0.25% and 0.15%).

When researching and making comparisons it is important to know if any additional transaction charges will be applied such as payment fees or account management fees. For most customers WorldFirst does not apply additional fees to make payments or to maintain an account with us. If any fees are applicable these will be made clear to you in advance.

3. How do we work out a comparison up to 8 times cheaper than the banks

When we collect data from providers, we do it using different “amounts” such as $1,000, $10,000 and $50,000 where possible. For our data we have focused on the top currency pairs in Australia: GBP to USD/EUR/AUD.

Because the WorldFirst fixed pricing tiers are based on annual volumes transacted by our customers, we have averaged out the spreads applied by competitors to transactions of differing amounts in those tiers to calculate an average spread. We take our spreads and divide by the average spreads of the big 4 banks. This is important, because providers tend to offer better exchange rates and smaller transfer fees when a customer is moving larger sums of money.

What all this means for you

Other money-transfer providers may have variable spreads across different currencies, whilst WorldFirst now has fixed spreads, agreed ahead of time, making it easier to compare.