Founded in 2013 by Adam Tepper and Adrian Przelozny, Independent Reserve’s vision was to build Australia’s most secure and trusted way to buy Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Moreover, we aimed to transform cryptocurrency technology into secure, robust and regulated financial services, and do things the right way.
We have grown to and serve over 300,000 Australian, New Zealand and global customers, and we are trusted by thousands of Self-Managed Super Funds.
Since our launch, we have built a world-class order book crypto exchange and OTC desk, expanded operations to South-East Asia and continue to build new features and partnerships that add value to our customers.
We pride ourselves on offering world-class security for our customers, featuring 2-factor authentication, ISO 27001 certification and top-tier underground vaults used to protect your data and crypto.
- 11+ yearsin business
- SMSFsTrusted by thousands of SMSFs
- 300,000+Clients worldwide
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
Protecting your assets is our top priority
No commingling of customer funds: we keep client assets completely separate from our own.
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.
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.
Independent Reserve is a 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
KPMG tax calculator
The crypto tax estimator developed by KPMG is a digital tool that plugs directly into Independent Reserve’s user interface, allowing traders to estimate tax obligations.
Only source of Bitcoin/AUD pricing on Bloomberg, streamed live to all Bloomberg terminal holders worldwide.
Certified and audited member of Blockchain Australia, with the aim to encourage the responsible adoption of blockchain technology by industry and governments across Australia.
Independent Reserve Bitcoin and crypto prices data integrated onto the Iress platform.
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.
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.
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.
Independent Reserve Pty. Ltd.
New South Wales, Australia