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How to buy Tesla Stock in Australia: Invest in TESLA Shares in Australia (2024)

Ivo Kolchev| Updated January 24th, 2024

Tesla, known around the globe for its iconic electric vehicles, is back amongst the ten largest companies in the world, measured by market capitalisation. While the automotive segment accounts for 85% of the company’s revenue, its energy generation and storage business grew 74% in the latest quarter, reaching a contribution of 6% in total sales. 

In this article, we’ll share tips for choosing a stock broker to buy Tesla stock from Australia, provide a step-by-step guide to help you make your first purchase, highlight exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with high exposure to Tesla stock, delve deeper into the reporting structure of Tesla, and more!

How to buy Tesla stock (Step-by-step guide)

1. Choose a good stock broker

Since Tesla is one of the ten largest companies in the world, you can choose from a myriad of brokers to help you make the purchase. That said, consider the terms offered by each broker and make sure the broker you end up picking works with residents of Australia. Below we highlight four low-cost brokers who work with Australian residents and are suitable for beginner investors:

Broker Stock commission, US Minimum Deposit Regulators Australian dollar available as base currency
eToro $0 USD 50 FCA, CySEC, and ASIC No
Interactive Brokers Up to $0.0035 per share with a minimum of $0.35 for international investors AUD 0 FINRA, SIPC, SEC, CFTC, IIROC, FCA, CBI, AFSL, SFC, SEBI, MAS, and MNB Yes
Tiger Brokers $0.0099 with a minimum of $1.99 AUD 0 SEC, FINRA, ASIC, and HKSFC Yes
Saxo Bank Classic Acc: 0.08% (min. $1); Platinum Acc: 0.05% (min. $1); VIP Acc: 0.03% (min. $1) AUD 1,000 ASIC, FSA, FCA, SFC, MAS, FINMA, and DFSA. Yes

Disclaimer: eToro Service ARSN 637 489 466 Capital at risk. See PDS and TMD.

As you can see from the table above, Interactive Brokers, Tiger Brokers and Saxo Bank offer AUD as a base currency, meaning you can fund your account in AUD. eToro only offers AUD as display currency. In either case, your Tesla trades will be executed in USD, meaning you will incur foreign conversion fees from the AUD/USD exchange rate. This makes Tesla a relatively less attractive investment than equities traded in Australian dollars on the Sydney Stock Exchange. 

2. Open and fund your account

Once you have weighed the pros and cons of each broker, you are all set to open an account. The process usually takes a few days as the broker verifies your identity. After the process is finalised, you must deposit money into your account.

3. Place a “Buy Order”

If you have found an online broker that suits your needs, managed to open an investment account, and made the initial deposit, you are all set to buy your stock. All you have to do is find the share within your chosen broker and place a buy order. For this example, we will use eToro:

a) Search for Tesla stock ( or the ticker “TSLA”):

eToro Search Bar showing Tesla stock

b) Click “Trade”:

eToro Search Bar showing Tesla stock

c) Choose the order details. Now, it’s time to choose how to invest:

eToro Order Entry Window

  • Amount: You choose the amount you want to invest in Tesla instead of the number of shares. In this way, your investments may be fully or partially in fractional shares*1.
  • Units: As opposed to “Amount,” here you define the number of shares you want to purchase (note: you can buy using either “Amount” or “Units,” up to you!)
  • Leverage: You can choose the level of leverage. “X1” means no leverage (if it were “X2” or above, you would not be trading real stocks but CFDs on Tesla stock instead). That’s why you see “you are buying the underlying asset.”
  • Stop Loss: Define the maximum you are willing to lose before closing your position automatically;
  • Take profit: Define the profit amount that makes you close your position automatically (if reached).

Only the “Amount” (or “Units”) and “Leverage” are mandatory fields.

d) Place the order: Finally, click “Open Trade,” and a new window will show up where it says “order filled,” your exposure, and lets you share your trade with other people.

Disclaimer: eToro AUS Capital Ltd ACN 612 791 803 AFSL 491139. OTC Derivatives are speculative and leveraged. Not suitable for all investors. Capital at risk. See PDS and TMD.

ETFs – an alternative way to gain exposure

ETFs allow you to gain exposure to a dozen or even hundreds of companies with a single investment. ETFs can be a good option if you:

  • Want to complement your Tesla position with similar companies;
  • Want to limit your portfolio volatility (ETFs invest in many companies operating in different lines of business, limiting your exposure to idiosyncratic risks);
  • Are interested in following a specific theme in your investments (technology stocks, consumer discretionary stocks, etc.); 

Some ETFs you may want to consider are:

  • Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (ticker XLY) tracks 53 stocks in the Consumer Discretionary sector, although it is heavily skewed to large capitalisation companies. The ETF distributes dividends, and the expense ratio stands at 0.10%. The ETF’s largest holding is Amazon at ~24%, followed by Tesla at ~17% and Home Depot at ~5%.
  • Invesco QQQ (ticker QQQ) is a broad technology ETF following the Nasdaq-100 index. The ETF distributes dividends, and the expense ratio stands at 0.20%. The weight of Tesla in the ETF is ~3%, ranking it at 8th position, with Apple at ~11% and Microsoft at ~10%, the largest ETF components.
  • Global X Autonomous & Electric Vehicles ETF (ticker DRIV) tracks 75 companies likely to benefit from the wide adoption of electric and autonomous vehicles. The ETF distributes dividends, and the expense ratio stands at 0.68%. The weight of Tesla in the ETF is ~3%, ranking it at 6th position, with Alphabet at ~4% and Nvidia at ~3%, the largest ETF components.

Tesla’s Financials and Performance

Once you have purchased Tesla shares, keeping track of how the company and its competitors are doing is a good idea. In doing so, you will get greater insight into whether to add to your position, hold it, or sell it to pursue better opportunities elsewhere.

Apart from the investor relation section (available here), there are specialised platforms to help you understand how Tesla is doing from a financial perspective. One platform you can use is Koyfin – you can access Company overviews, Key statistics, Financials, Transcripts, and more! Get a 20% discount on Koyfin.

For example, Koyfin allows you to get a quick handle on how the company’s revenues and margins (as measured by gross profit) are doing:

Koyfin financial analysis tool

While such platforms cannot substitute your own research 100% of the time, they can be a very useful tool in the research process, saving you time and providing new investment ideas.

Tesla overview

The go-to place to find up-to-date information on the company is its investor relations section, available here. Below we will provide a quick overview of the company’s operations.

In 2017, the company changed its name from “Tesla Motors” to simply ”Tesla” to highlight its other businesses. Case in point, Tesla now reports results in three main revenue lines:

  • Automotive (85% of revenues)
  • Services and other (9% of revenues)
  • Energy generation and storage (6% of revenues)

Automotive sales primarily consist of vehicle revenue, including regulatory credits (credits sold to other automakers to help them meet fuel efficiency standards) and vehicle leasing. Automotive is Tesla’s highest gross margin segment, at ~20% most recently, although competition in the electric vehicle market is only set to increase, putting pressure on profits. 

Services and others incorporate revenue from used vehicle sales, as well as fees paid when utilising Tesla’s network of Supercharging stations. The latter is set to increase its relative contribution in terms of revenue, given Tesla is opening up its network to non-Tesla vehicles. Tesla does not yet disclose the individual gross margin of “Services and other” since the revenue line is part of the greater “Automotive & Services and Other” segment, with a gross margin of 18.2% in Q2 2023.

Energy generation and storage includes the Powerwall (for residential customers) and Megapack (for businesses) energy storage systems, as well as solar energy solutions. The division has delivered substantial margin improvement, with its gross margin of 18.4%, up markedly from the prior-year period (11.2%).

Tesla is also developing technologies such as the Optimus robot, which Elon Musk predicted would be worth more than the car business one day. The company also started production of its Dojo supercomputer in July 2023, which will help it to achieve full self-driving.

Automotive companies traditionally try to run a conservative balance sheet with a net cash position, given the cyclical demand for cars. Tesla is no exception, with its net cash position sitting at around $21.5 billion at the end of Q2 2023.

Despite its low financial leverage, Tesla stock has experienced wild price swings in recent months, changing the value of the business by hundreds of percent in both directions. Thus, you should keep in mind that Tesla shares are more volatile than other automakers, such as General Motors or Toyota.

The Bottom Line

To sum it up, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Find a suitable stock broker: Make sure the broker works with residents of Australia. Consider the fees and market access of the broker should you choose to diversify with other shares or ETFs as well.
  2. Open an account and deposit money: After deciding which trading platform to use, you must go through the account opening process and deposit money.
  3. Send a buy order to your broker for the stock you like: That’s the easiest part (the process is intuitive)! After having your brokerage account funded, you just have to place a trade!  
  4. Keep track of Tesla’s financial developments: As prices move and new earnings reports are released, the relative attractiveness of Tesla versus other companies may change. Platforms like Koyfin can help you navigate the markets!

We hope that this post addressed some of your concerns. Make sure to do your research to find the best investing strategy for you!

Happy investing!

1*Fractional shares allow you to own only part of a stock or ETF, without paying the full price; this is useful for ETFs and stocks with a high absolute price, or when you want to diversify your positions. In our example with Tesla, the price per share is around $225 but you can invest as little as $10 to get exposure to Tesla stock.

Ivo Kolchev
Investor & Finance Writer

Ivo is a former portfolio manager and financial advisor, turned into a freelance finance writer and stock trader. He enjoys following the financial markets and have invested for over ten years.