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Here are the steps to follow to open your Australian Bank Account:

  • Choose a Bank: Research and choose a bank that suits your needs. Some popular banks in Australia include Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Westpac, and NAB. Consider factors like fees, accessibility, and services offered.

  • Gather Required Documents: Before visiting the bank, make sure you have the necessary documents:

  1. Passport

  2. Visa details

  3. Proof of enrollment (for students) or proof of employment (for working holiday visa holders)

  4. Australian residential address (hostel address is acceptable)

  • Visit the Bank: Go to the nearest branch of the chosen bank. Some banks may allow online applications, but visiting a branch in person is a common requirement.

  • Complete Application Form: Fill out the account application form provided by the bank. Include accurate personal details and visa information.


  • Verify Identity: Present your passport and visa documents to the bank staff for identity verification. Some banks may also require a secondary form of identification, such as a driver's license.

  • Provide Proof of Address: Banks may request proof of your Australian address. This could be a rental agreement, utility bill, or a letter from your educational institution or employer.

  • Choose an Account Type: Select the type of account that best suits your needs. For students, there may be specific student accounts with reduced fees. Working holiday visa holders might choose a standard transaction account.

  • Receive Your Account Details: Once your application is approved, the bank will provide you with your account details, including your account number and BSB (Bank-State-Branch) code.

  • Activate and Access: Activate your account through the provided instructions. You may also receive a debit card, which can be used for transactions and withdrawals.

  • Set Up Online Banking: Explore online banking options to manage your account remotely. Most banks offer convenient online platforms and mobile apps for easy access to your finances.

Remember to keep your bank details secure, and notify the bank if there are any changes to your visa status or personal information. Opening a bank account in Australia is a crucial step towards a smooth transition during your stay.

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