How to apply

Get started in moments – simply apply for an account, fund and start trading.

Launch the form

Apply for an account instantly via desktop, or mobile and tablet apps. You can also apply by post.

Simply enter your details and choose a username and password.

Validate your identity

We use your name and address to automatically verify your identity.

For most applicants, we can automatically validate your ID online instantly.

Suitability check

We ask about your trading experience and financial status to assess if CFD trading is suitable for you.

All information is held securely in accordance with our Privacy Policy and we never contact your employer as part of the application.

Before you apply

Requirements checklist

  • You must be over 18
  • You must successfully meet our suitability assessment to see if CFD trading is appropriate for you – this is a regulatory requirement.
  • We can also open an Australian CFD trading account for people from most countries, but it may be more convenient for you to trade with an office closer to home.

Information checklist

  • It’s important to understand the basics of CFD trading
  • Do you understand the risks?
  • Have you read the following important information: 

Full terms and agreements

What happens next?

After you apply:

  • If your application is successful, we send you an email with your login details to access the platform. 
  • Read our welcome guide to learn how to log in, fund and get started

Setting up your account:

  • Your account manager will call to talk you through the platform and help you place your first trade.
  • You’ll need to fund your account to start trading. It’s easiest to fund with a credit/debit card, PayPal or BPAY
  • Learn more about how to use the platform and improve your trading skills, including video guides, tips and walkthroughs
  • Set your preferences within the platform – advanced traders can choose to activate ProRealTime charts, one-click trading and more

Language services

We may be able to offer you specialist language services from time to time in your dealings with us but please note that these are not guaranteed to be available at all times, and English is the primary language in which our services are provided and the binding language of all our contractual documents.

Safe, secure online process

Short, easy-to-use online form

Join the #1 company in the industry*

Fully regulated and authorised


How long does the application process take?

Most applications are approved electronically in moments, so you can start trading straight away. If we need you to send any documents in to confirm your identity (see below), the process will take a little longer.

Do you offer a demo account or platform?

Yes, you can try our interactive platform preview or open a demo account.

Can I apply by post?

Yes. Download and fill out the relevant PDF form:

Once complete, send via one of the following methods (remembering to enclose proof of your identity as described on the form itself):

Fax: +61 (3) 9860 1755

New Business
Level 15
55 Collins Street
Melbourne, 3000, VIC


Do I need to send any documents?

We need to confirm your identity, but in the vast majority of cases you will not need to send us any supporting documents as we can verify your address details online. Occasionally we will be unable to confirm your identity online (for example if you have moved house recently), and in such cases we will contact you in order to verify your details. If you’ve applied by post, you’ll have to enclose proof of identity as described on the form. 

Do I need to download any software?

Our main platform is browser-based, so you don’t have to download anything. If you want to use our mobile or tablet apps, you will need to download them from the relevant app stores. Clients using the advanced L2 Dealer platform will also need to download software.

Do I need to deposit funds to open an account?

No, you don't need to send any money to open your account, though you will have to deposit funds before you start trading.

How do I deposit funds?

You can fund your account using most major debit/credit cards, PayPal or BPAY. You’ll need to log in to your account and go to the My Account tab within the web-based trading platform. See more details on how to make a payment

I’d like someone to trade on my behalf;  can I appoint a power of attorney to trade for me?

Yes. Initially, please open an account in the usual way. Once your account is open, you can fill in a power of attorney form which will allow a nominated third party to access your account.

How secure is IG/your platform?

IG is part of a global FTSE 250 company, and in Australia we are regulated by ASIC. We segregate client funds to protect your money and our platforms use industry-standard 256-bit SSL encryption – the same as PayPal or major banks.

* World's largest retail CFD provider by revenue (excluding FX). Source: Published financial statements, as at February 2018.

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There's no minimum balance to open an account, it takes less than five minutes, and there's no obligation to fund or trade.

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Or ask about opening an account on 1800 601 799, or +61 (3) 9860 1799, or

If you're calling from NZ, you can contact us on 0800 442 150

We're here 24hrs a day from 3pm Saturday to 9am Saturday (AEDT).