Amazon Prime now available in Australia with free shipping and more

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Notably, Prime members in Australia also have access to more than four million products on Amazon in the U.S. through the local Australian site and free worldwide delivery on orders over $49.

The online retail giant said the Australian offering of Prime had the most extensive benefits of the service for any country at launch, The Courier Mail reported.

A Prime membership will also give users access to Amazon's "Prime Originals", an online streaming service with features such as the Top Gear re-boot The Grand Tour, in an effort to muscle in on the market created by Netflix and Stan.

But the company, which has already disrupted Australia's retail market, has several of its own original shows including Golden Globe victor The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Grand Tour with former Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.

Amazon has one Australian fulfilment centre, in Melbourne's south-east, and is building a second in south-west Sydney to increase the speed with which it can dispatch orders.

Prime members in Australia will have access to 4 million products from Amazon US sold via Amazon.com.au.

Other markets, especially the USA, have plenty more features included in Prime memberships, such as the aforementioned same-day delivery, access to Prime Music, Kindle Unlimited and Prime Photos, early access to Amazon's Lightning Deals and much more. Amazon says around 90 percent of Australians will have access to two-day delivery.

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However, Prime in Australia only offers free two-day business delivery, whereas you can get free same-day or next day delivery in the US for some items on Amazon.

Prime membership opens the door to shopping using Amazon's voice-based artificial intelligence software Alexa.

Amazon's Australian site has around 60 million products, far fewer than the US' 500 million.

Amazon has launched its premium Prime service in Australia, with subscription fees half the cost of the USA site. A Prime subscription costs $4.99 in Australia with an introductory offer that runs until 31 January 2019 before rising to $6.99.

According to Prime International vice-president Jamil Ghani, at launch Australia has the widest selection of Prime benefits of any country.

Prime members will have exclusive access to special shopping deals from Australia's and the world's most popular brands.

Prime expedited delivery reaches almost 90% of Australians in two business days, with more cities, towns and suburbs being added over time. These include free domestic delivery on millions of items, access to Prime Video, Prime Reading, and Twitch Prime, plus discounted priority delivery.

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