To expand on Avery's answer slightly, USD is not only the default currency on Upwork but the *only* currency on Upwork. It's not possible for you to change your currency. All prices on Upwork are in USD.
Hi Peta, welcome to Upwork!
The OP is a client and Avery advised on the amount they will be charged with for the budget they selected. You as a freelancer can bid any rate, negotiate the budget with clients during the interview and set the final terms which will be included in the offer you receive. Once you accept the offer, an active contract will be created and reflect the terms/budget/rate included in the offer.
Please review our freelancer resources before submitting proposals and follow up afterwards in the Freelancers forum with any questions you might have.
Hi Peta, again, to expand on Vladimir's answer - yes, the rate you choose for your freelancer profile rate is also in USD. And any bids you put in are in USD. The short answer is, any dollar value you see on the Upwork site is in USD unless explicitly noted otherwise. Hello from a fellow Aussie and good luck!
I just had a glance at your profile and am offering a few suggestions:
1. Remove as many "I" and "My" s from your profile as possible. Clients care about you can do FOR them; not about how you evaluate yourself.
2. Remove or hide - whichever is possible - the below average score on US spelling test. Perhaps take the UK spelling test which you should ace.
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