Bankwest Hero Transaction Account
The Bankwest Hero Transaction Account makes managing your money easy because you can spend and save from the same account.
The award-winning Bankwest Hero Transaction Account earns interest on your balance while still giving you all of the flexibility and benefits that come with a transaction account.
Fee Free Deposit
Account keeping fee
ATM withdrawal fee
Overseas ATM withdrawal fee
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This account acts as a day-to-day transaction account while also paying some interest on your money. You’ll earn 0.25% p.a. on balances of up to $5,000. Earning interest on a transaction account isn’t common, and could be a great way to make your money work a little bit harder while also having easy access to it whenever you need.
There is a $6 monthly account keeping fee for this account, which will be waived if you’re able to deposit $2,000 a month. This monthly deposit condition is higher than other accounts, so make sure you’re able to meet this before opening the account otherwise you’ll be charged the monthly fee.
If you don’t think you can meet the monthly deposit requirement, you could consider the Bankwest Easy Transaction Account instead. This account doesn’t offer any interest, however it charges no monthly fee and there’s no deposit conditions to meet, either.
Deposit $2,000 monthly and pay no account keeping fees
So long as you are able to deposit at least $2,000 monthly you will pay no monthly maintenance fees for the account. If your deposits do not add up to $2,000 by the close of the last business day of the month, a $6 fee will be charged to your account on the first business day of the next month. A good way to meet this condition is by having your salary deposited into this account.
Interest rate of 0.25% p.a.
You will earn a variable interest rate of 0.25% p.a. on balances of up to $5,000. Balances over this will earn no interest.
Interest calculated daily
Bankwest calculates interest daily and pays it into the account monthly. Interest payments are not included as a part of your monthly deposit requirement.
Linked debit card
You have the choice of a linked Mastercard debit card or Platinum Mastercard debit card. The Platinum Mastercard is only issued if you are able to deposit at least $4,000 into the account each month. You can also chose between a blue or pink debit card.
With this account you are allowed an unlimited number of electronic and branch transactions for no charge. Electronic transactions include point of sale purchases made with the debit card in person, online or over the phone.
Free local ATM withdrawal options
You can use the linked debit card to make an unlimited number of transactions at any Bankwest or CommBank ATM in Australia.
Foreign transaction fee of 2.95%
There is a charge of 2.95% of the Australian dollar amount for any transaction that requires a conversion in currency.
Overseas ATM transaction fee of $5
For any transaction using an ATM overseas you will be charged $5 on the first day of the following month.
How to applyBankwest makes it fast and easy to apply for the Hero Transaction Account by allowing you to submit an application online. Existing customers can apply even faster if you are already signed up with their online banking. Before you begin your online application, make note of the following eligibility requirements and have the necessary documents handy.
- Minimum age. Applicants are only considered if they are at least 18 years of age.
- Residency requirements. This account is available to Australian citizens and permanent or temporary residents with a valid Australian residential address.
- Depository requirements. There is no minimum deposit requirement for opening the account, but do keep in mind the $2,000 monthly deposit needed to avoid paying a monthly fee.
- Tax file number. With an interest earning account, providing your tax file number (TFN) or exemption code ensures that the correct withholding tax is being applied to any earnings.
- Identification. It is required that you are able to prove your identity with a photo ID such as a passport or driver’s licence.
What happens after I submit my application?
After you have submitted your application online you will be sent an email confirming its receipt. If all of the needed information was included, your account will be opened immediately and your debit Mastercard mailed to you within seven to ten business days. If they need more information about your identity you will be asked to either visit Bankwest in person or go to a participating post office.