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Open a Bank Account Online in Australia

Updated on Wednesday 01st September 2021

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Open-a-Bank-Account-Online-in-Australia.pngYou can open a bank account online in Australia as a local citizen or resident or as a foreign person. Compared to other countries across the world, it is very common to have the possibility to open a bank account online in Australia as a natural person. Those who want to open a company in Australia may also have this option, but more complex rules can apply. 
This is given by the fact that for a corporate bank account, the company’s representatives will have to provide specific company documents – the incorporation papers, documents attesting the place where the company has its headquarters and others. For extensive information and advice on the process of opening a bank account in Australia from overseas, our team of consultants remains at your disposal. 

The main requirements to open a bank account in Australia 

The requirements for opening a bank account online in Australia will vary depending on your legal personality. For natural persons, banks impose a specific procedure, while for corporate entities, other procedures. The residency can also influence the overall steps that the applicant must fulfill. Typically, non-residents will have to comply with more regulations, in the sense that they are obliged to present more documents. 
Other than these, all banks will generally follow the same protocol and foreigners and locals alike will be able to open a bank account in Australia from overseas or from the country rather quickly, if all the documents are submitted as required. If you need assistance, our team of consultants in company formation in Australia can advise you. Below, our team has gathered few details that should guide you if you want to open a bank account online in Australia
  • first, it is recommended to verify the offer for bank accounts of Australian commercial banks;
  • then, you can decide on the type of account you need and the services that are offered with it;
  • verify if there are any maintenance monthly fees and if there are ATM fees charged for your operations;
  • log on the website of the selected bank, and start the application for opening the bank account
  • you will have to provide clear information on your name, address, residency status, the tax file number issued in Australia (provided that this is the case);
  • after you have completed this basic task, the application will be processed and you will receive an e-mail from the bank, concerning the next steps you have to follow. 
In the case in which you are opening a bank account in Australia from overseas, then the bank will definitely have to verify your identity; the policies concerning this aspect will vary based on the bank that you have selected and this is why we strongly advise you to address to our team of specialists, who can guide in this matter, and can also represent you in the process of setting up a company in Australia

What are the highlights of the banking industry in Australia? 

If you want to open a bank account online in Australia and you worry about the local banking industry, you can rest assured that the local market is very stable. The Australian banking industry is a large contributor to the country’s economy and local banks have numerous customers, who purchase various types of bank accounts. Below, you can find important information on the Australian banking system, as presented by the Australian Banking Association
  • according to the institution, there are 98 banks currently operating in Australia;
  • the banks in Australia have 19,3 million customers and 118,865 employees;
  • if you want to open a bank account online in Australia and then use the local ATMs, you will have a system of 9,621 bank ATMs scattered across the country;
  • the data gathered by the end of 2020 showed that Australian banks paid $9,7 billion in taxes to the local institutions;
  • there are 3,1 million shareholders in Australian banks, who received $19,3 billion from the banks.  
If you are not a resident in Australia and you want to open a bank account in Australia from overseas please mind that not all banks will be able to process this request, as not all commercial banks provide this opportunity. However, those that do offer the option to open a bank account online in Australia for non-residents will ask for specific information.
For instance, when starting the process to open a bank account online in Australia, the banks will ask for the specific date when your arrival date in Australia is. There are additional steps that have to be fulfilled and for more details on this subject, we invite you to contact our team of specialists in company registration in Australia

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Call us now at +44 203 287 0408  to set up an appointment with our business consultants in Canberra. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Australia.

As a BridgeWest client, you will benefit from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Australia.

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