The Beginners Guide To Invest In ETF’s In Australia

Are you ready to explore Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) but feeling lost? Don’t worry, this guide will break it down step-by-step, making you an ETF pro in no time. They could form an interesting part of your portfolio.

Choose Your Broker

Imagine your brokerage account as your investment headquarters. This could be a bank brokerage account or a lower-cost option.

You’ll need one to buy and hold ETFs. Look for platforms with low fees, user-friendly interfaces, and minimum deposits that fit your budget.

Robo-advisors can help automate things if you prefer hands-off investing.

Map Your Investment Journey

Ask yourself: how much risk can I handle?

What are my financial goals (growing my nest egg, earning passive income, or saving for a holiday or a house)?

Answering these questions helps you decide your asset allocation – how much of your portfolio goes into different investments like stocks and bonds.

Younger investors can generally handle more risk with more stocks, while those nearing retirement might favour a mixture of stocks and bonds.

Find Your Perfect Match

Now, let’s find ETFs that suit your plan! Use your brokerage’s tools or websites like to research and compare ETF options.

Pay attention to the index an ETF tracks (e.g., the S&P/ASX 200 index for Australian stocks), and its expense ratio (management fees) – is usually lower.

Passive or Active

Active and Passive ETFs cater to distinct investment objectives and preferences, making it crucial for investors, to grasp their nuances.

Passive ETFs adhere closely to their namesake, mirroring the performance of benchmark indices like the S&P/ASX 200, the S&P 500, or the MSCI World Index.

These have lower costs as passive ETFs boast low expense ratios.

Active ETFs rely on expert teams to make investment decisions based on thorough research and analysis.

These managers strive to surpass the chosen benchmark.

While costs are higher, these have the potential for outperformance. Active management presents the opportunity to outstrip the market.

While not assured this can yield potentially higher returns than passively tracking an index.

Decide on the type of ETF that you are most comfortable with.

Time to Buy!

Well, almost. Do you need to take advice from your financial adviser if you are a beginner?

Found your ideal ETFs? Fund your brokerage account and search for their ASX code symbols.

Specify how many shares you want and confirm the order. Most platforms offer “market orders” where you buy at the current price.

Invest Like a Pro (Even if You’re a Beginner)

Don’t just buy it once! Set up regular investments (dollar-cost averaging) to ride out market ups and downs.

Most platforms let you automate this, making it super easy.

Keep an Eye on Your Portfolio

Check-in on your portfolio every 6-12 months to make sure your asset allocation has not changed due to market shifts.


  • ETFs are a great way to diversify and potentially grow your wealth, but start small and invest gradually.
  • Long-term goals are key, don’t chase quick wins.
  • Seek professional advice for complex decisions.

Investing in ETFs can be an exciting journey toward your financial goals.

By following these steps and staying informed, you will be well on your way to building a strong and rewarding portfolio.

Other Resources

  1. ETF FAQs.
  2. How To Earn Dividends From ETFs.
  3. Why Younger Investors Have Embraced ETFs.
  4. Golden Rules For Investing In ETFs.
  5. Investing In ETFs – A Simplified Guide.






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