Quick facts about Bankwest
- Bankwest began operating in 1895 in Western Australia (WA) to provide banking services to farmers.
- Although it originated in WA, it's a national bank with branches in most major cities.
- Bankwest has been owned by Commonwealth Bank since 2008.
- Bankwest customers can also use Commonwealth Bank branches and ATMs.
- It offers a range of different accounts, including accounts for retirees and students and has more than 900,000 customers.
- When you open a new transaction account with Bankwest you can choose the colour of your debit card.
Different accounts offered by Bankwest
Bankwest offers many different bank accounts, savings accounts and term deposits which you can see listed in the table above. Here's a brief summary of a few of the main accounts Bankwest offers.
Bankwest Qantas Transaction Account
This unique transaction account allows you to earn Qantas reward points when you make eligible purchases. There is a monthly account keeping fee of $6, but this is waived if you deposit at least in your account each month.
Read our full review of the Bankwest Qantas Transaction Account.
Easy Transaction Account
This is Bankwest's simple, everyday bank account option. There's no monthly account fee and it comes with a linked Debit Mastercard in a colour of your choice which you can use at ATMs, online or in stores.
Read our full review of the Bankwest Easy Transaction Account.
Bankwest Hero Saver
This is Bankwest's bonus savings account option. You'll earn bonus interest each month you deposit at least $200 and don't make any withdrawals.
Read our full review of the Bankwest Hero Saver Account.
Bankwest Online Term Deposit
You can open an online term deposit with as little as $1,000, and you can invest up to $5 million. You can choose from different term lengths and corresponding rates, with no account keeping fees.
Read our full review of the Bankwest Online Term Deposit.
Ways to bank with Bankwest
Bankwest offers many different ways to do your banking.
Bankwest bank branches
Bankwest has roughly 100 bank branches across Australia, with the large majority in WA. Bankwest has less than 15 branches on the east coast, after closing down a large chunk of its east coast branches in 2018.
Bankwest ATM network
As Bankwest is owned by CommBank, Bankwest customers can use CommBank ATMs free of charge. CommBank has more than 1,000 ATMs across Australia, and you'll find that many 7/11 stores have a Bankwest ATM.
Bankwest customers can also use their Australian debit cards to withdraw cash for free at NAB, Westpac and ANZ ATMs throughout Australia.
If you need to deposit cash into your Bankwest account, you can do this at a participating Australia Post shop using Bank@Post. It's free to deposit cash into your account this way.
Bankwest Internet and mobile banking
Bankwest Online Banking is available 24/7 to do all your standard banking. This includes to review transactions and balances, see more detailed transaction data, pay bills, transfer money between accounts and make BPAY payments. You can also view and download your statements and open new Bankwest accounts.
The Bankwest App is free to download, and has a 3.8 star rating in the App Store and a 4.4 star rating in the Google Play store. You can do your day-to-day digital banking using the app, and you can also set up personal savings goals with your Bankwest Hero Saver account and track your progress. And you can set up your PayID in the app to use instead of your BSB and Account Number.
Bankwest contactless payment options
Bankwest offers Apple Pay and Google Pay to customers with a Bankwest debit or credit card. The Bankwest Halo Payment Ring is a unique, wearable ring that you can link with your debit card to make payments by "fist bumping" or hovering the ring over the EFTPOS terminal.
Pros and cons of banking with Bankwest
- Choice of accounts. Bankwest has different transaction and savings accounts to suit specific requirements, like accounts for retirees and students as well as multiple savings account options.
- Backed by CommBank. Bankwest is part of the Commonwealth Bank group, so has the security backing and network of a Big Four bank.
- Qantas Points. The Bankwest Qantas Transaction account allows you to earn Qantas Points on your everyday purchases.
- Bankwest Halo Ring. As well as Google Pay and Apple Pay, Bankwest offers its own contactless Halo Ring which you can use to make tap and go purchases.
- Account fees. Some transaction accounts require that you meet certain criteria to qualify for a monthly fee waiver.
- Less competitive rates. Bankwest savings accounts offer less competitive interest rates than other accounts on the market.
- No overseas networks. Bankwest doesn't have international ATMs or branches, which could be a consideration if you travel a lot.
How to apply for a Bankwest account online
You can apply for a new Bankwest account online in less than 10 minutes. Just make sure you meet the eligibility criteria and have the necessary documents handy before you start your application.
- You're over 18 years old
- You're an Australian resident for tax purposes
- You have an Australian phone number and residential address
- Personal details like your name, date of birth, residential address, phone number and email address
- ID documents such as your driver's licence, Medicare card, passport or proof-of-age card
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Bankwest Platinum Debit Mastercard
Add more perks to your transaction account by linking it to a Platinum Debit Mastercard.
Bankwest Retirement Advantage Account
Put your everyday spending money to work. The Bankwest Retirement Advantage Account is a day to day bank account that rewards you with interest.
Bankwest Gold Term Deposit
Short term savings goals can be met with ease when you choose to invest with Bankwest’s term deposit account.
Bankwest Smart eSaver
The Bankwest Smart eSaver and its easy to earn competitive interest rate makes this an account that could bring you closer to your financial goals.
Bankwest Easy Transaction Account
The Bankwest Easy Transaction Account offers a Debit Mastercard and low fees and makes managing your day-to-day money needs easy.
Bankwest online term deposit
While you can apply for a Bankwest online term deposit from the comfort of your home or office, know that you can find this feature in certain term deposits offered by other banks as well, so compare a few before applying.
Bankwest Hero Saver savings account
If you have a specific savings goal that you want to meet fast, the competitive interest rate and no fees make the Hero Saver worth considering.
Bankwest Qantas Transaction Account
If the prospect of saving money on flights is enticing to you, then this is an everyday account worth considering.
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