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Australian shares are expected to open lower following significant losses on Wall Street overnight.

The SPI200 futures contract was down 48 points, or 0.76 per cent, at 6,233.0 at 0700 AEST, suggesting a fall for the benchmark S&P/ASX200 on Wednesday.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.79 per cent, the S&P 500 was down 1.65 per cent and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite was down 1.96 per cent.

The Aussie dollar is buying 70.13 US cents from 70.35 US cents on Tuesday.