iShares ETFs trade on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Buying and selling iShares ETFs works in the same way as listed shares, as they:

  • can be purchased and sold anytime during ASX trading hours.
  • can be traded using the same order types/strategies (e.g. market, limit and stop orders).
  • are priced on the ASX intraday, meaning you can view the price movements just as you would with shares.
  • have no minimum investment amount when being purchased on the ASX.

Investors can buy or sell iShares ETFs like they buy or sell shares – by contacting their Stockbroker or Financial Adviser, or by trading through an Online Broker.

As with any listed share, customary brokerage commissions may apply.

Post Purchase

Invested - Once invested in an iShares ETF the registered purchaser will receive a Welcome Pack. Please note if your financial adviser or broker purchased on your behalf they may receive the Welcome Pack.

Managing - You can manage and access your investment holdings through the Computershare Investor Centre.

View video for an Overview on the Investor Centre

Distributions - Most iShares ETFs pay distributions like normal shares pay dividends.

For existing holders distribution statements are available through the Computershare Investor Centre.

Distribution history for each iShares ETF is available on this website.

Computershare Investor Centre

The Investor Centre allows you to:

  • review and update account details, including bank, tax and personal information
  • view and manage your portfolio, including all holdings
  • access your investment records and transaction history
  • view dividends and payment information
  • view tax information, including withholding tax

Computershare Investor Centre has a suite of short videos to help you with any queries you may have in using the Investor Centre.

Tax Considerations for International iShares ETFs

Distributions paid by international iShares ETFs cross listed on the ASX to non US residents will generally be subject to US withholding tax (30%).

A reduced withholding tax rate may be entitled under a tax treaty which may exist between the US and the country in which you are subject to tax.

If you are an Australian resident for tax purposes, you may be eligible for a reduced withholding tax rate of 15%.

To receive the reduced tax rate the beneficial owner needs to complete a W-8BEN form:

Please note that the W-8 form is specific to one ETF. iShares has included additional instructions at the end of the W-8 form which allow you to apply that form to multiple iShares held under the same registration. The form may also be used where a W-8 form has been lodged for existing iShares holdings: the previously lodged form can be applied to the new holdings. In this scenario a new W-8 form does not need to be completed.

If you invested via a platform then please ensure that you understand its W-8 completion process.