Is Dogecoin available in Australia?

January 10, 2023 06:22 PM AEDT | By Ankit Sethi
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  • Dogecoin, similar to other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether, is listed on exchanges like Binance
  • The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or any other agency has not banned trading in crypto assets. However, it is considered very risky
  • Elon Musk has spoken about Dogecoin on several occasions, which has helped Dogecoin gain popularity

Dogecoin or DOGE belongs to the same category of assets as Bitcoin and Ether. These are cryptocurrencies, which the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) identifies as ‘crypto assets’. The ATO also clubs non-fungible tokens (NFT) in the same category. In Australia, capital gains tax (CGT) is levied on gains accruing from trading Dogecoin or any other cryptocurrency.

A few months back, when billionaire Elon Musk acquired Twitter, there were speculations that Dogecoin could find utility in Twitter’s ecosystem. Even though this has yet to come true and chances appear very slim, let us today know the basics of DOGE cryptocurrency and its availability in Australia.

Dogecoin in Australia

First, as mentioned earlier, trading Dogecoin can give rise to a capital gains tax (CGT) event, which is enough to understand that the cryptocurrency is not banned in the country. In fact, the ATO treats all cryptos alike, be it Bitcoin, or native tokens like Ether, or meme coins like Dogecoin. Second, intermediaries like exchanges facilitate Dogecoin trading. For example, Binance Australia and a few other exchanges have listed DOGE.

That said, trading in cryptocurrencies is considered exceptionally risky. Dogecoin and many other cryptos, including Bitcoin, soared in value in 2020 and 2021, but most of the gains in the sector were wiped out in 2022. One of the reasons behind this price volatility is doubts over the long-term utility of these assets. Dogecoin was born as a joke, and the token’s utility is a subject of debate.

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Why is Dogecoin popular?

DOGE is said to be the first ‘meme’ or ‘joke’ cryptocurrency. It perhaps means DOGE’s creators invented it just for fun amid the unexpected fame gained by Bitcoin. Elon Musk has talked about the cryptocurrency in some of his tweets, which has helped elevate DOGE’s status in the cryptoverse. When the world’s richest man bought Twitter, a limited rally gripped DOGE as many enthusiasts anticipated that Musk could soon introduce DOGE as a native rewarding token of Twitter’s ecosystem.

Bottom line

Dogecoin, considered the world’s first joke or meme crypto, is available in Australia. The country has no restrictions on trading cryptocurrencies. However, DOGE’s availability does not mean the asset is free from risks. The cryptoverse passed through a tumultuous phase in 2022, when many crypto intermediaries like FTX filed for bankruptcy. Be it Dogecoin or Bitcoin, the future value of any crypto asset is very difficult to predict.

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