Bank Accounts Australia
Opening up a bank account is one of the first tasks you need to do when arriving in Australia and New Zealand on Working Holiday Visa’s. Like opening up bank accounts anywhere, it’s a tedious task and can get confusing thinking about charges and which bank has the most ATM’s (cash points for the British).
There are a few points to consider regarding bank accounts and money handling in Australia and New Zealand.
- Banks will normally charge for transactions (ATM withdrawals) if you withdraw from a different bank.
- EFTPOS (electronic funds transfer point of sale) – is essentially the same as a debit card so you can pay by chip and pin but you can also get cashback at most places free of charge.
In order to open a bank account you will need:
- Your Passport
- Proof of Address (Your hostel should be able to help you with this)
Australia Banks & Bank Accounts – more information
- Everyday Visa Debit Account will cost you a monthly fee of $5. ANZ Banks are all over Australia so you will have no problem finding an ATM.
NAB (National Australia Bank)
- A Smart Access Account will cost you $4 per month with unlimited transactions at Commonwealth Banks. This is another very popular bank so no problems with finding ATM’s to use.
- No fees with a NAB Classic Banking Account! That’s what we like to hear. There are no minimum deposits. You get a NAB Visa Debit card with payWave at no extra cost, so you can shop wherever Visa is accepted and you have unlimited access to your money through NAB Internet Banking or NAB Telephone Banking, thought the NAB ATM network (including rediATMs), using EFTPOS, or through an optional chequebook. You may still be charged for using other ATM’s though.
- A good bank to use if you are heading to work in New Zealand after Australia (or vice versa) is Westpac as it’s a prominent bank in both countries. A Choice Account will cost you $5 per month for unlimited transactions at Westpac / St George Bank / Bank SA. However, if your monthly deposits into your account are less than $2000 per month you don’t have to pay the $5 each month.
Heading to New Zealand? Check out the NZ Bank Accounts here