About Us

Our mission

To be APAC's most trusted cryptocurrency exchange.

Our governance

Independent Reserve is a registered Australian company (ABN 46 164 257 069), underpinned by Australia's highly regulated financial sector. We are registered as a Digital Currency Exchange (DCE) with AUSTRAC: DCE-100461150-001.

Our board of directors, advisers and management team bring decades of experience in regulation, traditional finance, risk management and IT security.

Board of directors

  • Adrian Przelozny
  • Lasanka Perera
  • Roman Stefanidi
  • Rachel Cobb
  • John Wigglesworth
  • Dr Michael Aitken AM

Protecting your assets is our top priority

No commingling of customer funds: we keep client assets completely separate from our own.

1:1 reserves

We maintain a full 1:1 reserve of all client fiat and crypto assets.

We hold the vast majority of crypto assets in secure offline cold storage, protected in underground vaults with maximum security.


Our books are balanced and we carry no debt on our balance sheet. We engage external auditors to undertake an annual audit of our financial statements in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards. This includes verification of all fiat and crypto balances held in custody on behalf of clients.

Segregated funds

We do not commingle customer funds. We maintain complete segregation of all client assets to ensure that when you need to make a withdrawal you can.

We keep your assets safe. That is our promise.

Sole custodian

Independent Reserve is the sole custodian of all crypto assets held on our platform. Custody is managed in Australia and we do not use any third party custodians.

We adhere to industry best practices and never lend, trade or reinvest your assets.

Awards & Recognition

  • Blockchain Australia Digital Exchange of The Year
  • Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2019 Australia Winner
  • Financial Review Lists 2018 100 Fast
  • Financial Review Most Innovative Companies
  • Financial Times High-Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2020

Our security

Data integrity
Platform security


  • Bloomberg

    Only source of Bitcoin/AUD pricing on Bloomberg, streamed live to all Bloomberg terminal holders worldwide.

  • Blockchain Australia

    Certified and audited member of Blockchain Australia, with the aim to encourage the responsible adoption of blockchain technology by industry and governments across Australia.

    Blockchain Australia
  • Iress

    Independent Reserve Bitcoin and crypto prices data integrated onto the Iress platform.

  • BGL

    To simplify Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) adoption of cryptocurrency.


The people’s money - Bitcoin

Written by Adam Tepper, the book “The People’s Money - Bitcoin” explains the concepts behind Bitcoin in an approachable and easy to understand way. By the end of the book you will have a solid understanding of this revolutionary new technology and the vast potential that it brings.

Sadly, Adam passed away before he could complete the book, and it was completed thanks to the Bitcoin Association of Australia (now Blockchain Australia) along with amazing help from the greater Bitcoin community.

The people’s money Bitcoin, Adam Tepper

Culture and community

We all play a role in making the world and our community a better place. As one of the largest and leading cryptocurrency exchanges in Australia, we understand that we have a responsibility to the community.

Going green

In 2019 we made a commitment to help offset the carbon emissions caused by our business and the industry. Through Climeworks, a Swiss-based firm dedicated to capturing CO2 from the air with its cutting-edge technology, we’re removing 1 tonne of carbon per year. Moreover, we’ve joined the 1 Trillion Tree foundation and are planting 200 trees every year.


The Independent Reserve team sponsors and participates in dozens of Australia’s local blockchain and cryptocurrency meetups, events and conferences. Our team travelled across Australia as part of the Blockchain Australia Roadshow to answer community questions, we sponsored the launch of the Cryptopia movie and much more.

Government and regulation

Our CEO Adrian Przelozny is a former board member of Blockchain Australia. He has contributed to the Australian Blockchain Roadmap, provided arguments against the cash ban and provides thought leadership to other Government bodies.

Independent Reserve Cryptocurrency Index

In 2019 we launched the Independent Reserve Cryptocurrency Index (IRCI), an annual cross-sectional survey of Australians to examine Australia's awareness, adoption, trust and confidence in cryptocurrency. The survey provides researchers, industry, media and the general public - valuable data and insights into the blockchain industry.


Independent Reserve has provided commentary, interviews and stories for hundreds of global and local publications, including CoinTelegraph, Digital Finance Analytics, Australian Financial Review, News.com, Channel 7, Channel 9 and the ABC.

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