I have been asked many times if I can recommend a good bank for those of you moving to Australia and I’ve always thought to myself “How can I? I’ve not tried every bank, how can I compare them?”
On top of that, there is so much to consider; service fees, deposit rates, interest rates, transfer fees, minimum account balances, overdraft fees, late payment fees, ATM fees, debit card transaction fees and more. Even if I were able to somehow compare them all, each and every one of these fees can be changed by any bank at any time making the comparison outdated.
With something like 20 or so banks to choose from here in Australia it’s an impossible task, even if I made it my full-time job.
The Big Four
Here in Australia, just as in many other countries, we have a “Big Four” in our banking world. Those banks are, in alphabetical order, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank), National Australian Bank (NAB) and Westpac. It’s difficult to say which is the biggest out of those four, it depends which criteria you’re using as a measurement.
Is it profit? Is it equity? Is it market capitalisation? Is it the number of branches or even how many ATMs they have? Each and every one of these top 4 banks could probably come first or fourth depending which criteria you choose as a measurement. Only one bank has the most ‘total assets’ though, and as such is known as Australia’s largest bank.
And that bank has also made it incredibly easy for you to open a bank account here in Australia from overseas with:
- no Australian address needed to open your account
- complete your application quickly and easily online
- get your account number in 5 minutes
Introducing Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Let me introduce you to Commonwealth Bank of Australia. They’re known to Aussies as CommBank. CommBank is Australia’s largest bank. They’ve been helping Australian dreams come true since 1911, and support more people moving to Australia than any other bank.
Here’s what you might like to know about CommBank:
- Australia’s largest bank
- Bank on the go with the CommBank app
- Australia’s most extensive branch and ATM network
- Multi-lingual staff in some branches
- ATMs with foreign language capabilities
And best of all, you can set up your account with CommBank within just five minutes after clicking on open my Australian bank account now and then click on the yellow tab on the right-hand side of the main menu called Bank accounts.
So, if you’re ready to open your Australian bank account, click on open my Australian bank account now.
Changing your local currency into Australian dollars
Of course, at some point you will need to exchange your local currency into Australian dollars when you move to Australia. Getting the best exchange rate possible is critical and for this I would strongly suggest that you do not use CommBank, or any high street bank anywhere in the world to do this.
To get the best exchange rate, you need to use a dedicated currency exchange company. For more information about that, please visit my page about currency exchange:
Are you ready to open your Australian bank account?
Please be aware that whilst you can send money ahead to CommBank for when you arrive, you won’t be able to withdraw any money from your account until you have had your identity check, that’s Australian law.
You can complete your identity check upon arrival though, it’s very quick and easy. Simply turn up at the branch you chose when you opened your account online with your passport and your tax residency details.
Check out this 360° video:
Why wait until you get here?
Things you should know: Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 is a company incorporated in Australia with limited liability and subject to Australian regulation.