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Cardless cash: What Australia’s major banks have to offer

Who does it best? Our review of the cardless cash facilities offered by three major Australian banks.

Cardless cash lets you withdraw money from an ATM without using your card. It takes the form of an automatically expiring code, generated on demand, which lets you make a specific withdrawal at an approved ATM. To make a cardless cash withdrawal, simply:

  • Sign in to your bank’s mobile app
  • Enter the withdrawal amount and other required information in the app
  • Receive a numerical code
  • Select cardless cash at an ATM and enter the code to make the withdrawal
St.George Complete Freedom Account

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Enjoy low monthly account-keeping fees with St.George Complete Freedom Account and $0 ATM fees.

  • $0 monthly fee when at least $2,000 is deposited per month or open a Complete Freedom Student account, otherwise a fee of $5 applies per month
  • $0 ATM withdrawal fee at 50,000+ ATMs globally
  • Visa Debit with payWave

    Compare debit cards with cardless cash

    Rates last updated November 19th, 2017
    Name Product Debit Card Access ATM Withdrawal Fee Fee Free Deposit p.m. Monthly Account Fee Short Description
    St.George Complete Freedom Account
    Flexible bank account with Visa Debit card and SMS and email alert system.
    Westpac Choice
    Access over 50,000 ATMs globally with no overseas ATM fee.
    Commonwealth Bank Smart Access
    Updates transactions instantly in your account, so you always know where you stand.

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    Essentially you’re using your phone to fill in all the withdrawal details so that you or someone else can simply pick up the money from any participating ATM.

        • Cardless cash can be used even if you’ve lost your wallet or do not have your card.
        • For security, the code automatically expires after a short time.
        • This method only lets someone make a certain withdrawal rather than giving them account access.

    The generated code can be given to someone else so that they can use it, which makes it a convenient way to near-instantly transfer money, let friends or family make certain withdrawals in an emergency, pay someone or otherwise let them make a specific withdrawal from your account. Cardless cash is a useful feature, but only three of Australia’s big banks offer it, and even then it can only be used with certain types of accounts.

    Getting a cardless cash account

    To get a cardless cash account, you’ll first need to see whether your bank even offers this feature, and then find out which accounts it’s available with.

    Does your bank account come with cardless cash?

    Commonwealth Bank, St.George and Westpac all have their own cardless cash facilities with a few different accounts.

    BankFeaturesAccounts requiredATM availabilityLearn more
    • Up to three withdrawals per day, $500 per day or $1,000 per week limit
    • Three hour cash code expiry
    Freedom, Complete Freedom, Freedom Plus, Concession, Retirement AccessSt.George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA ATMsCompare St.George accounts online
    Commonwealth Bank
    • $500 cardless cash daily limit
    • Unauthorised transaction money back guarantee
    • 30 minute cash code expiry
    Most Everyday AccountsMost Commonwealth Bank ATMsCompare Commonwealth Bank accounts online
    • Up to three withdrawals per day, $500 per day or $1,000 per week limit
    • Three hour cash code expiry
    • Optional identity confirmation
    Basic, Westpac One, Classic and Classic Plus, Cheque, Westpac Choice (you also must be registered for Westpac Protect SMS)Westpac ATMsCompare Westpac accounts online

    St.George cardless cash accounts

    St.George Bank has cardless cash available with several specified accounts, as long as you have a debit or credit card linked to it. Most people should be able to find an account that’s both suitable for them and includes the cardless cash features.

    St.George accountCardless cash?Account featuresLearn more
    Complete FreedomY
    • $5 monthly fee if you deposit $2000+ per month
    • Home loan offset options
    Complete Freedom StudentY
    • $0 monthly account fees for under 18s and full-time students
    Concession AccountY
    • Designed especially for concession card holders
    • $0 monthly account service fee

    Commonwealth Bank cardless cash accounts

    Commonwealth Bank offers cardless cash with all personal transaction accounts, known as Everyday Accounts or Smart Access. These are flexible accounts designed to suit most people by offering good utility and reduced fees for everyday banking.

    Commonwealth accountCardless cash?Account featuresLearn more
    Commonwealth Bank Everyday Smart Access transaction accountsY
    • $4 monthly fees waived for students, under 14 or if you deposit $2000+ per month
    • $0 personal overdraft establishment fee

    Westpac cardless cash accounts

    Westpac has its own cardless cash feature called Get Cash, which is offered with a number of transaction, savings and combined accounts.

    Westpac accountCardless cash?Account featuresLearn more
    Basic AccountY
    • Transaction account for concession card holders
    • $0 monthly account service fee
    Westpac ChoiceY
    • Transaction account
    • $0 monthly fees for full time students
    • Unlimited free withdrawals
    Westpac OneY
    • Combined transaction and savings account
    • $5 monthly fee waived if monthly balance is $2,500 or more
    Westpac ClassicY
    • Savings account
    • $10 monthly service fee waived if balance is $5,000 or more
    • 25 free monthly withdrawals

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