Quick facts about Westpac
- Westpac started in 1817 as the Bank of New South Wales. It rebranded itself as Westpac Banking Corporation in 1982, after a merger with the Commercial Bank of Australia.
- Westpac is the oldest company in Australia.
- Westpac is one of the Big Four banks in Australia, along with Commonwealth Bank, NAB and ANZ.
- Westpac is well known for its Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service, a non-profit organisation run by Surf Life Saving Australia.
- Westpac Group also includes Australian banks St.George, BankSA, Bank of Melbourne and RAMS.
- Westpac has the largest overseas ATM network with 50,000 international ATMs.
- Westpac offers a market-leading savings interest rate for customers under 30 years old.
Main accounts offered by Westpac
Westpac offers a variety of different deposit accounts which you can see listed in the tables above. Here's a brief summary of some of its main accounts for personal customers.
Westpac Choice Account
This is Westpac's core everyday transaction account product which comes with a Mastercard debit card. This account has a monthly account keeping fee of $5, although this fee is waived each month you deposit $2,000 or if you're a student or under 21. This account can also be opened if you're a migrant before arriving in Australia.
Read our full review of the Westpac Choice Account.
Westpac Life Savings Account
This is Westpac's bonus savings account product, well-known for offering a market-leading interest rate of 5.2% p.a. for customers under 30. This bonus rate is available on balances up to $30,000 for customers aged 18-29 when the account conditions are met. If you're over 30, you can still open this account but you won't get the bonus interest rate of 5.2% p.a.
Read our full review of the Westpac Life Savings Account for under 30s.
Westpac Term Deposit
You can open a Westpac Term Deposit with $5,000 or more. There's a range of different term lengths available, starting from 1 month up to 5 years. You'll receive a fixed interest rate on your money for the life of your term. Westpac also offers a business term deposit.
Read our full review of the Westpac Term Deposit.
Westpac also offers specific accounts for students, youth, migrants, pensioners and business customers. You can see these accounts in the tables above.
Different ways to bank with Westpac
Westpac offers many different ways to do your banking.
Westpac bank branches
Westpac has roughly 1,000 bank branches spread across Australia. Customers can go into a Westpac branch for assistance with day-to-day banking, to deposit cash or cheques, to open or close accounts or to speak to a professional banker.
Westpac ATM network
There are more than 3,000 Westpac ATMs around Australia, and 50,000 internationally as part of Westpac's Global ATM Alliance. Westpac customers can also use their Australian debit cards to withdraw cash for free at CommBank, NAB and ANZ ATMs throughout Australia.
Customers can also use select Westpac ATMs to withdraw cash without their physical debit card, thanks to the bank's cardless cash feature.
If you need to deposit cash into your Westpac 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.
Westpac Internet and mobile banking
Westpac Online Banking is Westpac's Internet banking portal for customers. You can log in 24/7 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 Westpac accounts.
The Westpac app is free to download, and has a 4.2 star rating in the App Store and a 3.8 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 Westpac Life account and track your progress. The app can be customised to your taste with your own wallpaper, colours and profile picture.
Westpac contactless payment options
Westpac offers Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, FitBit Pay and Garmin Pay to customers with a Westpac debit or credit card. This means you can use your phone (or any compatible device) to make contactless payments for everyday items instead of using your physical debit card. You can also use the Westpac app to withdraw cash from eligible Westpac ATMs when you don't have your debit card with you, with the cardless cash feature.
Pros and cons of banking with Westpac
- Market-leading savings rate. The Westpac Life savings account offers one of the most competitive savings rates in the market for customers under 30.
- Large ATM network. You can access over 3,000 Westpac Group ATMs Australia wide, as well as over 50,000 ATMs around the world.
- Multiple account options. Westpac has bank account options for personal customers, business customers, students, over 55s and migrants.
- Large branch network. Being one of the biggest banks in Australia, Westpac has lots of bank branches available and these aren't limited to one particular state.
- Account keeping fees. The Westpac Choice account has a monthly account keeping fee that's only waived if you're under 21, a student or if you meet the monthly deposit conditions.
- Interest rates less competitive. The savings rates offered for customers over 30 are less competitive than many other accounts in the market.
How to apply for a Westpac account online
You can apply for a new Westpac 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 (unless you're applying for the Westpac Choice - Migrant account)
- 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
What is the Westpac group Global ATM alliance?
If you're a Westpac customer, you can save money on ATM fees when travelling overseas through the bank's international ATM alliance. Westpac is partnered with major international banks and waives the fee for overseas ATM withdrawals at thousands of partner ATMs.
If you have an eligible card issued by a member of the Westpac Group such as travel or EFTPOS card, you won't pay any international ATM fees when you make a withdrawal from a Westpac international ATM alliance partner. A 3% foreign transaction fee applies when using a debit or credit card.
Westpac Global ATM Alliance partner banks
The following table shows the banks in different countries where Westpac customers can avoid the international ATM fee. Note that Westpac-issued American Express cards are not included in the Westpac Global ATM Alliance.
|United States of America||Bank of America|
|China||Bank of Nanjing|
|France, Poland, Luxembourg, Algeria, Guadeloupe, Guyane, La Reunion, Martinique, Morocco, New Caledonia, Senegal, Turkey Italy (under the BNL Brand)||BNP Paribas|
|Germany||Deutsche Bank, Postbank|
|Canada, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad, Turks & Caicos, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uraguay||ScotiaBank|
|New Zealand||Westpac NZ|
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Westpac Life account (for 18-29s)
Earn a market-leading bonus interest rate if you're under 30, and when you meet the account conditions. Learn more about the Westpac Life account and apply online.
The Westpac Life savings account allows you to earn a competitive interest rate while helping you to meet your personal savings goals.
Westpac Bump Savings Account
Kickstart your child’s savings with a Bump Savings Account from Westpac that offers bonus interest each month you grow your balance.
Westpac Choice – for migrants
With Westpac Bank migrants can have their financial business in check before making Australia their temporary home.
Westpac Choice Student Account
Make it through your tertiary school years with ease with a flexible transaction account.
Westpac Choice Transaction Account
Westpac Choice offers you a unique way to save money on mortgage interest while encouraging you to make deposits by offering fee-free banking as an incentive.
Westpac Term Deposit
While a Westpac term deposit gives you the certainty of earning a fixed interest rate as per your chosen term, so do term deposits offered by other banks. Make sure you compare a few before deciding.
Westpac makes it easy to save with an online account that pays you a competitive interest rate with no monthly fees.
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