Today Kickstarter is officially open to projects based in Australia and New Zealand!
We’re thrilled that Kickstarter is now available to creators in those countries. We can’t wait to see what creative projects our friends there will launch — films, art, games, albums, plays, performances, and much more.
Since we announced that people in Australia and New Zealand could begin building projects, more than 1,700 (!!) people have started making one. We're already seeing projects launch — here are the latest from Australia and New Zealand.
Projects in New Zealand and Australia function just like every other Kickstarter project, with a few small differences. Let’s go over how it works.
Can people outside Australia and New Zealand pledge to projects based in those countries?
Yes! Just as with every other project on Kickstarter, backers can pledge to Australia- and New Zealand-based projects from all around the world.
Will there be Australia- and New Zealand-specific Kickstarter sites?
Nope. Projects from those countries will be listed alongside all the other Kickstarter projects.
What currency will the projects be listed in?
Australian projects will be listed in Australian dollars (AUD), and New Zealand projects will be listed in New Zealand dollars (NZD). If you are pledging from outside Australia or New Zealand, you will see the approximate conversion to US dollars before you complete your pledge.
Will backing Australia- and New Zealand-based projects be similar to backing US projects?
The mechanics of Kickstarter (all-or-nothing funding, rewards, etc.) are identical for all projects. When pledging, however, backers of Australia- and New Zealand-based projects will enter their payment information directly on Kickstarter, rather than through Amazon Payments as is the case in the US. All pledges will be processed securely through a third-party payments processor.
Are the fees for Australia- and New Zealand-based projects the same as those for projects in other countries?
Yes, Kickstarter will charge a 5% fee to successfully funded projects and no fee to unsuccessfully funded projects. Payment processing fees for Australia- and New Zealand-based projects are similar to those for UK and Canada-based projects. Here are the details:
For Australia-based projects:
- Pledges less than $10 AUD are charged 5% + $0.05 AUD
- Pledges of $10 AUD or greater are charged 3% + $0.20 AUD
For New Zealand-based projects:
- Pledges less than $10 NZD are charged 5% + $0.05 NZD
- Pledges of $10 NZD or greater are charged 3% + $0.20 NZD
If a project is not successfully funded, there are no fees.
Will Kickstarter be hosting workshops for Australia- and New Zealand-based creators?
We're glad you asked! We've hosted a few workshops and meetups across Australia and New Zealand in the weeks leading up to launch, and we plan on hosting more in the future.