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Kickstarter in Australia & New Zealand!

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. 

Comments

    1. Creator Eytan Avisror on November 13, 2013

      Hello Kickstarter,
      This is a move in the right direction!! does that mean now that other countries will soon be available? (Israel)
      Now that Kickstarter is processing payments - isn't it possible to make Kickstarter available WW?

    2. Creator Alessandro Pornaro on November 16, 2013

      Hello Kickstarter

      I have a question to all those inventors who deal with music and technology . How can I do?

      For many years, sax players are looking for a real sax able to play midi version while retaining all the original features of a sax , then a real mouthpiece with a real reed first of all and then a brass body or even another material , maybe lighter but which maintains the same system of keys and fingerings . In short, a sax Studio you can play even late at night without disturbing the neighbors . A sax that does not produce external noise.

      In Switzerland Softwind ( http://www.synthophone.info/ ) has already invented this sax, is called Synthophone but it is frankly too expensive. For the body they use a sax yamaha very expensive and do not want to change.

      Yet if someone else redesigns it lighter and cheaper I'm sure there are a lot of sax players willing to buy it. Go over all the various forums of sax players , look in google for sax mutes, it 'sa question that is asked constantly.

      thanks
      Sincerely

    3. Creator Glenn Hammet on November 25, 2013

      HI there.

      A project I sponsored through Kickstarter (Blow Up Dolls Part 2) has not their funds yet despite Kickstarter having debited my account. Can you please confirm to me when they will receive the funds?
      Regards
      Glenn Hammet

    4. Creator Rafael Henrique Pimenta de Melo on November 30, 2013

      Hi,

      any plans to kickstarter in Brazil?

      Would be great :D

    5. Creator daselk on December 7, 2013

      Kickstarter, considering it is Christmas soon, you need to make gift cards!
      I buy a card for a certain amount and give to a friend who can pledge for whatever project they want. win win

    6. Creator Aaron Stevenson on December 13, 2013

      This has been harder than I would have thought

      Aaron Stevenson
      writer director

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    12. Creator Helen Hansen on February 4, 2014

      when is Kick start coming to South Africa?

    13. Creator Syed Mashkur Alam on February 26, 2014

      Hi everybody..! I am from India. I often wonder when Kickstarter will allow 'India' to start their projects. I believe, India is also a potential country where Kickstarter should focus on... Holding my breath, Kickstarter... We're ready to welcome you.... :)

    14. Creator السيد مانجو on April 3, 2014

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    15. Creator League & Learn on August 4, 2014

      I am Australian based and am trying to go live with a project, however; I can't activate an amazon account given I am outside of US. How do I get around this hurdle!

    16. Creator Karl McCarrison on October 20, 2014

      NZ based project, same issue as League & learn. There's no alternative option but go to Amazon payments which does not allow registration from NZ

    17. Creator Jeremy Kidd on June 14

      Hi I am an Australian and I have made my whole kickstarter project and have just got to the last step the "Account" step but it wont let me make my home address and Australian address, it is locked in on the USA as my country and all states are from the US
      Please help.