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What is Openpay?

What is Openpay?

Ever wanted to shop now and pay later, interest-free? Openpay could be just what you’re looking for.

Openpay is one of several buy-now-pay-later platforms that allow consumers to make purchases with partner merchants and make flexible, staggered repayments, without paying any interest.

How does Openpay work?

When you make a purchase, whether online or instore, you can choose Openpay as your payment method.

If you are purchasing online, you will be redirected to sign into your Openpay account; or, if you’re a first-time user, to create an Openpay account. If you are buying in-store, the retailer will be able to assist you in making a purchase using Openpay.

Once you have authorised Openpay as your payment method, you will then be given several repayment options. The standard payment term for Openpay is no longer than eight weeks, with the default being an equal repayment every fortnight.

However, Openpay does have flexible repayment options, so you can choose from several repayment plans.

How do I sign up for Openpay?

Openpay has a few requirements to sign up for an account, but no long or complicated credit checks.

To be eligible for an account, you must be aged over 18 and provide valid Australian or New Zealand identification. To create your account, you must also provide a valid email address and two phone numbers, as well as a Visa or Mastercard (either credit or debit).

When you sign up for Openpay, the company will use this information to verify your identity and, provided that you are eligible, provide instant approval.

Does Openpay charge fees?

Unlike a credit card or loan, you do not pay interest on your purchases with Openpay, despite paying them off over eight weeks. This is the main selling point for Openpay and other platforms like it.

However, for some purchases, Openpay may charge a processing or establishment fee. Processing fees are small charges of a few dollars, and are applicable to each repayment. Whether or not you will need to pay this fee will depend on the merchant you are purchasing from.

Establishment fees could apply to Openpay’s ‘Open Plus’ plans for larger purchases. All fees and charges should be disclosed at the point of purchase, so there should be no nasty surprises once you have committed to a repayment plan.

Like other platforms of this type, Openpay also charges late fees for missed repayments. Keep an eye on the upcoming payment email reminders Openpay will send, as these will detail the late fees you will incur for missing a payment.

Should I use Openpay?

If you have a big purchase coming up and want a manageable repayment plan, without incurring any interest, Openpay could be a great option for you.

On the other hand, if you’re prone to impulse shopping, or struggle to pay off your credit card every month, Openpay could make this process even more difficult for you.

Like all financial products, Openpay has both its pros and cons, and you should consider how it will affect your spending and saving habits before signing up.

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Opening a bank account in Australia is usually a straightforward process. Some banks give you the option of opening an account online, while others require you to visit a branch.

Different bank accounts offer different features, so it’s best to compare your options to find one that suits you.

All banks require you to pass an identity check to open a bank account. Australia uses the 100-point identification system, which means you’ll need to show a number of forms of ID that, together, add up to 100 points.

Common ID types include a driver’s licence, passport, Australian visa in a foreign passport, and Australian Medicare card. You’ll find out what types of ID are accepted when you go through the sign-up process online or at a branch.

Once your account is open, you’ll be given or sent a debit card that you can use to make purchases and withdraw money from your account.

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All banking institutions have a website where you hit ‘apply’ on the account of your choice and step through an application in less than 10 minutes.

Here’s a list of information that is generally required for applications.

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  • Tax file number (so you don’t get charged the highest tax rate)
  • Address, contact email and phone number

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If you’re contacted by a debt collector, you may be wondering what their rights are and whether they can take money out of your bank account.

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You don’t need a bank account to send or receive money through PayPal. However, you do need a bank account if you want to withdraw money from your PayPal account.

How do you set up a bank account online?

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To set up a bank account online, you’ll need to prove your identity and provide an approved form of ID as well as your tax file number (TFN).

If you’re a new customer of the bank, you’ll need to verify your identity and potentially upload documents before you can complete your online application.

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When you apply for the account, you’ll need to provide proof of ID which may include your passport, overseas ID or credit card. You may also need to provide a copy of your visa and proof of address in Australia.

Depending on the bank and the type of account you choose, you may be able to apply for the account online or over the phone before you arrive in Australia.

How do I close my bank account online?

You can usually easily open a bank account online, but you often can’t close it online.

Many banks and credit unions will only let you close an account if you go into a branch or call them on the phone.

However, some banks will let you request to close the account via your internet banking. Check your financial provider’s website for details.

Just remember: If you still have funds in the bank account, transfer them to another account, or withdraw the cash. Also, if you have any payments like direct debits going in or out of the bank account, these will also stop when you close your account.

What do I need to open bank accounts online?

Opening a bank account online is a simple process and only takes between five to 10 minutes to complete. To get started you will need a computer or smartphone with internet access.

Information to have available when you’re ready to apply is:

  • Identification (such as driver’s licence, birth certificate, passport, proof-of-age card)
  • Tax file number
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In some cases, you might be asked to provide employment details. If you’re not able to verify your identity online, most financial institutions let you provide this in the branch at a later date.

There are some types of bank account that you can apply for only in a branch. However, most bank accounts can be applied for conveniently online.

How do I overdraw my Commonwealth Bank account?

Overdrawing a bank account can happen by accident. It’s often hard to know what your balance is, particularly with direct debits, scheduled repayments and pending transactions competing for cash.

To avoid being stuck with a bank fee every time your account is overdrawn, you can apply for a personal overdraft. This will enable you to overdraw your account up to an approved amount.

A personal overdraft is connected to your CommBank Everyday Account, so you can enjoy easy access to extra funds once approved – anywhere from $100 up to $20,000.

Your overdraft funds can be accessed via your CommBank keycard or Debit MasterCard, or online through NetBank and the CommBank app.

To apply you can either call the Commonwealth Bank directly or visit your local branch.

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Can you open a bank account at 16?

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