Global Currency Account

Real Time Rating™

4.82

/ 5
No. of branches: 6
No. of ATMs:
No. of ATMs in the network: Over 3,000 Westpac Group ATMs

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Earn 0.5% interest and no withdrawal fees.

RateCity Says: Global citizens and avid travellers can take advantage of an international bank account with account details for up to 10 currencies, and no ongoing fees.

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Maximum Interest rate

0.50%

ATM Fee

$0

Over 3,000 Westpac Group ATMs

Card Type

MasterCard

Real Time Rating™

4.82

/ 5
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Maximum Interest rate

0.50%

ATM Fee

$0

Over 3,000 Westpac Group ATMs

Card Type

MasterCard

Real Time Rating™

4.82

/ 5
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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • $0 account keeping fee
  • App banking available
  • Apple Pay, Samsung Pay available
  • App banking available
  • No overseas ATM withdrawal fee
  • No currency conversion fees for foreign currency transactions
  • Free transfer to international accounts
  • Send and receive funds with New Payments Platform, eg. PayID
  • Hold multiple currencies in one account
  • Features on 2020 RateCity Awards

Citi Features and Fees

Features

App

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Joint application available

Foreign Currency

Methods of Access

Internet Banking

ATM access

Phone Banking

EFTPOS Facility

Branch Access

Cheque services

Fee Details

Min. deposit for fee free

$0

ATM & EFTPOS Fees

ATM withdrawal fee

$0

Other bank atm withdrawal fee

2.5% of international cross currency ATM withdrawals. 0% for same currency ATM withdrawals. ATM operator may charge a fee.

Daily ATM withdrawal limit

$1,000

EFTPOS Fee

$0

Overseas fees

Overseas atm withdrawal fee

$0

Overseas eftpos fee

$0

Foreign transaction fee

$0

Other transaction fees

Phone transaction fee

$0

Internet transaction fee

$0

Counter withdrawal fee

$0

Free counter transactions

Counter deposit fee

$0

Cheque fee

$0

Cheque dishonour fee

$0

Electronic Wallet Service

Specials
  • Special Earn 0.5% interest and no withdrawal fees.

Other Benefits

All-in-one global banking solution - Consolidate your international bank accounts into one place, with account details of up to 10 currencies.

Switch between currencies instantly - Link your Citibank Debit Card to your currency of choice on the go via the Cit Mobile App to pay like a local when travelling.

Easily exchange currencies - Seamlessly exchange currencies via the Citi Mobile App by simply transferring between your currency accounts.

Send and receive foreign currency - Receive money from friends, family or overseas investments (such as rent from a property) in 10 currencies and hold it until you wish to exchange it.

Fees apply if you withdraw cash in a currency other than your account currencies. 2.5% fee on international cross currency ATM withdrawals. 0% for same currency ATM withdrawals. ATM operator may charge a fee.

Receive a free bottle of wine every time you dine at any Citibank Dining Program Partner and pay with your debit card.

Pros and Cons

  • $0 account keeping fee
  • App banking available
  • Apple Pay, Samsung Pay available
  • App banking available
  • No overseas ATM withdrawal fee
  • No currency conversion fees for foreign currency transactions
  • Free transfer to international accounts
  • Send and receive funds with New Payments Platform, eg. PayID
  • Hold multiple currencies in one account
  • Features on 2020 RateCity Awards

Features

App

Npp

Joint application available

Foreign Currency

Methods of Access

Internet Banking

ATM access

Phone Banking

EFTPOS Facility

Branch Access

Cheque services

Fee Details

Min. deposit for fee free

$0

ATM & EFTPOS Fees

ATM withdrawal fee

$0

Other bank atm withdrawal fee

2.5% of international cross currency ATM withdrawals. 0% for same currency ATM withdrawals. ATM operator may charge a fee.

Daily ATM withdrawal limit

$1,000

EFTPOS Fee

$0

Overseas fees

Overseas atm withdrawal fee

$0

Overseas eftpos fee

$0

Foreign transaction fee

$0

Other transaction fees

Phone transaction fee

$0

Internet transaction fee

$0

Counter withdrawal fee

$0

Free counter transactions

Counter deposit fee

$0

Cheque fee

$0

Cheque dishonour fee

$0

Electronic Wallet Service

Specials
  • Special Earn 0.5% interest and no withdrawal fees.

Other Benefits

All-in-one global banking solution - Consolidate your international bank accounts into one place, with account details of up to 10 currencies.

Switch between currencies instantly - Link your Citibank Debit Card to your currency of choice on the go via the Cit Mobile App to pay like a local when travelling.

Easily exchange currencies - Seamlessly exchange currencies via the Citi Mobile App by simply transferring between your currency accounts.

Send and receive foreign currency - Receive money from friends, family or overseas investments (such as rent from a property) in 10 currencies and hold it until you wish to exchange it.

Fees apply if you withdraw cash in a currency other than your account currencies. 2.5% fee on international cross currency ATM withdrawals. 0% for same currency ATM withdrawals. ATM operator may charge a fee.

Receive a free bottle of wine every time you dine at any Citibank Dining Program Partner and pay with your debit card.

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FAQs

Which bank is best for business accounts?

Unfortunately, there’s no definitive answer to the question of which bank is best for business accounts. That’s because ‘best’ will differ from customer to customer, depending on their unique circumstances. These include not only your company’s financial position, but also its size, its age and the sector in which it operates. Another factor to consider is what features you want in a bank account. Your business may require different features than another business; and your business may require different features tomorrow than it does today.

The best thing to do is to thoroughly research the market before opening a business account. And when you do open an account, you should reassess your options every year or two, because the market moves quickly. A particular bank might offer the best account today, but be surpassed by one or several rivals tomorrow.

How can I find bank accounts in my name?

To find ‘live’ bank accounts in your name, you’ll have to ask individual lenders, which involves contacting them one by one and proving your identity each time. To find ‘unclaimed’ bank accounts (those that have been inactive for at least seven years), you can use this website.

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.

Can I open a bank account in another country?

Despite having a bad rap for facilitating tax evasion, it is possible and legal to open a bank account in another country, also known as an ‘offshore account’.

Some people choose to open a bank account in another country to invest overseas, for higher interest-earning potential or to access foreign banking services.

The process for opening an offshore bank account differs depending on the financial institution and country in which you’re opening the account.

Typically, you will need to provide identification such as a passport, a local bank statement and a signed declaration proving the source of the money being used to open your account. Usually, deposits into offshore accounts can be made by international money transfer.

Can I find my bank account number online?

Yes, you can find your bank account number by logging into your online banking and clicking on the relevant account.

How do you open a bank account under 18?

If you’re under 18 and you want to open an Australian bank account, you will need your passport or birth certificate. (Some lenders might require just a Medicare card or driver’s licence.) You can apply online or at a branch. If you’re 13 or under, you will probably need a parent to accompany you to a branch.

Can you open a bank account at 16?

Yes, you can open a bank account at 16, or even younger. If you’re 13 or under, you will probably need a parent to accompany you to a branch.

Can I start a bank account online?

Yes, most lenders that operate in Australia will let you set up a bank account online. The process is usually simple and takes five to 10 minutes. You will probably need to provide a passport or birth certificate, as well as a driver’s licence, Medicare card or another form of secondary identification. Requirements differ from lender to lender, so some institutions might ask for more or different forms of ID.

Can you deposit money into somebody else's bank account?

One of the easiest banking tasks in the world is depositing money. You can even deposit money into someone else’s bank account if you wish.

The basic information you need to deposit money into a third-party bank account is:

  • Payee’s name
  • Bank, building society or credit union (though this isn’t necessary)
  • BSB (or bank code, which is the branch identifier)
  • Account number

Including the name of the financial institution isn’t necessary – particularly with online banking – because the BSB will identify this for you.

A handy tip is to record yourself (or add a personal message) in the transaction description or reference. This will show up on the recipients account, letting them know who’s paid them the money.

Can you find your bank account number online?

If your bank offers online services, you should be able to find your bank account number online by logging into your account on your bank’s website and checking your details there.

Keep in mind that each type of account you have with a bank comes with a unique account number. This means if you have a bank account as well as a savings account, for example, your bank account number and your savings account number will be different.

If you don’t have access to your bank account online or can’t login, you should be able to find your account number on a mailed bank statement, if you have one.

Alternatively, you can call your bank’s customer service number or visit a branch to retrieve your account number.

How can I wire money to a bank account?

You can wire money to an Australian bank account either through your own bank or by using a money transfer company such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Either way, you’ll need the other person’s name, BSB number and account number. If you use a money transfer company, you might also need to provide the recipient’s address for large payments.

Do you need a bank account to get a credit card?

To get a credit card, you need to show proof of income, which will almost certainly require you to have a bank account.

Do you need a bank account to sell on eBay?

You don’t need a bank account to sell on eBay. But if you don’t have a bank account, you must provide either a credit card or debit card.

What do you need to open bank accounts?

Opening a bank account is one of the simplest online tasks you could perform. The hard part is deciding which type of bank account you want to open.

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.

  • Identification (driver’s licence, passport, proof of age card, proof of citizenship and/or birth certificate)
  • Tax file number (so you don’t get charged the highest tax rate)
  • Address, contact email and phone number

If you decide to open a new account at the branch, make sure you ask beforehand what information you need to take with you, or take all of the above to be safe.

How can I close an ANZ Bank account from overseas?

There are two ways you can close your ANZ Bank account from overseas:

  • Call +64 4 472 7123 (toll charges apply)
  • Send a bank mail request via ANZ internet banking

How do I close a bank account?

Closing a bank account is one of those tasks that’s easy to put in the too-hard basket. There are quite a few steps involved, some which may require you to hang on the phone for a while.  

Here’s a handy checklist of items to tick off, so the job gets done quicker. If you don’t do your banking online, the following steps can also be done at a branch.   

  • Cancel any scheduled or recurring payments
  • Update your direct debit details (such as loan repayments) with creditors
  • Export your payee address book (to keep a record of saved third-party bank account details)
  • Transfer the balance of your account (to the new bank account)
  • Close your account online, or by calling the bank or visiting a branch

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
  • Residential address, email and a contact number

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.

Can you open another account at the same bank?

Yes, you can open another account at the same bank if you already have an account there, but some banks place a limit on how many specific accounts you can open.

Generally, though, it is possible to have more than one everyday account, one personal account and one joint account, or have different types of accounts – such as a transaction account and a savings account.

Keep in mind that some bank accounts come with fees, so you could be charged twice for having two types of the same account at the same bank.

Also, if you have more than one high-interest transaction account at the same bank, only one account will be able to earn the highest rate of interest.

How can I close a Commonwealth Bank account?

You can close your Commonwealth Bank account at any branch, provided you have appropriate identification. You can also close your account over the phone, by calling 132 221, 24 hours a day.

Can I have a PayPal account without a bank account?

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.