Amazon Prime Is Now Available In Australia

This is the moment we've all been waiting for, folks.

Amazon Prime launches in Australia today. Yep, proper Amazon Prime - the one that gets you fast, free delivery and a bunch of other benefits. Prime is already available for Amazon customers around the world, but the real question is - what will we get in Australia, and how much is it going to cost us? Well, Amazon says Prime members in Australia "will have access to the widest selection of Prime benefits at launch for any country ever".

Here's what they are.

"We hope that Australians will love free two business day delivery on products from Amazon Australia and free international delivery on products from Amazon US, all available to customers on Amazon.com.au," Jamil Ghani, Vice President of Prime International at Amazon said in a statement. "We are really proud to bring Australians the most extensive set of Prime benefits at launch for any country – ever. This is just the beginning for Prime in Australia, as we will keep making Prime better, adding even more selection and benefits."

Free Delivery

Amazon says Prime will promise free, two business day delivery "to nearly 90 per cent of Australians" on millions of local and international "eligible" items.

Free two business day delivery is available to customers in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney and regional cities such as Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Gold Coast, Gosford, Newcastle, Shepparton–Mooroopna, Toowoomba, Wagga Wagga and more. Amazon says more cities, towns and suburbs being added over time. Prime members in more remote or rural locations will receive free expedited shipping in four or five days.

Orders over $49 will give you free international delivery, and you'll also get discounted priority delivery - where you get deliveries "on eligible items" in as fast as one day. You can check delivery speeds for domestic and international products for where you are here.

Prime Video

Access to exclusive and award-winning Prime Original series, as well as other popular movies and TV shows - The Grand Tour, Golden Globe winner The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Emmy winner The Man in the High Castle, American Gods, and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski, which will premiere on 31 August 2018. Prime members can watch via the Prime Video app on mobile phones, tablets, select Smart TVs, game consoles and Fire TV stick.

Prime Reading

Access to over 1,000 e-books, short reads, comics, travel guides, children's books and more – including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Fourth Friend, Australian classics from Miles Franklin and Marcus Clarke, ands nonfiction like Up From the Mission and Dane Swan's autobiography. You'll need to download the Kindle reading app for mobile phones and tablets or use any Kindle e-reader or Fire Tablet.

Twitch Prime

"Benefits for gamers." You'll get free games every month, access to free in-game loot for games like Fortnite, Call of Duty WWII, and Heroes of the Storm. You'll also get a Twitch channel subscription every 30 days, an expanded set of chat emotes and colours, an exclusive chat badge, "and more".

Exclusive Deals

You'll get exclusive access to special shopping deals, will be able to shop the site on "Prime Day" - Amazon's deal-shopping event exclusively for Prime members, and you'll be able to shop via Alexa now too.

You'll also be able to pre-order "Prime-eligible products" - we're talking Red Dead Redemption II, Avengers Infinity War and Call of Duty Black Ops 4 - and have them delivered on release date

How much?

You can sign up for Prime today and get a free 30-day trial. After that, it will cost you $6.99 a month, or $59 a year. If you sign up before 31 January 2019, it'll set you back $4.99 a month.

"We are thrilled to bring Prime, our premium membership program and its many benefits, to Australia, little more than six months after the launch of our Marketplace and Retail offering," said Rocco Braeuniger, Country Manager of Amazon Australia. "We have been working hard to expand selection, ensure customers get great value, and improve the Amazon shopping experience for Australians. With the addition of Prime, customers can now enjoy the most convenient way to shop and take advantage of new and expanding benefits from Amazon."

You can find out more here.


Comments

    "Free international delivery on products from Amazon US" - Aren't Amazon cutting off access for Australians to Amazon US?

      That's just the storefront. You won't be able to buy stuff from the US version of the website, but stuff that's purchased from the Australian version and shipped from the US is still going to be available.

      In a nutshell, that's happening so that they can charge GST effectively.

    Oh that's tempting, better value than what I'm getting from my US prime sub if I can figure our how nicely this will play with the US channels for video.

    Free international shipping? But aren’t we getting locked out of Amazon US in 2 weeks time?

      You can still buy some things from US sellers from the AU store, but wont be able to use the US site.

      They're blocking the US storefront, not stock from the US.

      The reason (as given by Amazon) is that the administrative burden of tracking down Australian buyers using the US storefront for the purpose of charging them GST is too high. So, everything is filtered through the Australian storefront instead, where GST can be charged as the norm.

    Is there a way to switch over our US Prime subscription?

      Do you mean the cut down 'international' version called Prime Video? When you sign up for the AU Prime, it automatically cancels your Prime Video service but seamlessly keeps your access to Prime Video and Twitch Prime. Near as I can tell the video library is the same.

    Only a handful of cities can get the 2-day delivery right now. Even less than Auspost Express Post. The full list is here:
    https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=GD6M7ZVBA59QKXS8

      That's a decent list to start with. No doubt they have used their own stats to choose the most frequently amazon used cities.

        It's an awful, confusing list. Is it deliveries around the metro area of each of those cities (seeing it says "delivery to these metro cities")? Or is it just the actual suburb.

        For example, the only WA city listed is "Perth" - what does that mean? You can only get the two-days if you live int he Perth CBD suburb, or does it cover the Perth metro area, which extends over a hell of a lot more suburbs.

      I wasn't expecting to see Perth on that list.

    There is still a significant Australia tax.
    So for instance I have looked up Under Armour Stainless Dominate Drink Bottle on the amazon.com.au website and it is priced at A$78.34 with free delivery.
    Same item on amazon.com website is A$55.24 including shipping and handling. Both from international retailer.
    So unsure how price difference can be justified. Even if Amazon had agreed to GST on US sales it still would be A$18 cheaper ie approx 25%

      That item isn't sold by Amazon Australia. The listing is from a different seller.

    Why would it say "over 1000 books"? Is it just a small selection of the kindle library that you get with your AP subscription?

      The Prime Reading range is smaller than their normal retail e-book range, yeah. Prime Reading is basically a digital library - you can check out up to 10 books at a time, read them for free, then return them and check out more.

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