Online bank accounts

An online bank account allows you to manage your money completely online, instead of having to visit a branch. Online bank accounts often have good mobile banking apps with features and tools to help you budget and save.

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Name Product Contactless Payments Instant Payments ATM Withdrawal Fee Monthly account fee
HSBC Everyday Global Account
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HSBC Everyday Global Account
Google Pay, Apple Pay
Special offer: $100 cash bonus for new HSBC customers.
Earn 2% cashback on tap and pay purchases (T&C's apply).
Enjoy no minimum ongoing balance or transaction requirements and the flexibility to hold up to 10 currencies. Apple Pay and Google Pay available.

NAB Classic Banking
Google Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, Garmin Pay
Osko, PayID
Enjoy convenient, unlimited access to your money.
$0 monthly account fee.

Tap and pay with your NAB Visa Debit card or your phone using Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay or NAB Pay for Android. Temporarily block your card at the touch of a button if you lose it.
MyState Bank Glide Account
Google Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, Garmin Pay
Osko, PayID
Simplify your everyday banking with these sleek digital features.
$0 monthly account fee.
Choose the way you pay with access to Google, Samsung and Apple Pay plus Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay. Send and receive money in less than 60 seconds with PayID.
Virgin Money Go Account
Google Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay
Osko, PayID
Special offer: Welcome bonus of 5,000 Virgin Money Points (T&Cs apply).
$0 monthly account fee.

A transaction account that gives you Virgin Money Points on your everyday spend, access to perks and rewards. Plus, earn a competitive bonus interest rate on your Virgin Money Boost savings account.
Great Southern Bank Everyday Snap Account
Refund of international ATM withdrawal fees and international card transaction fees (conditions apply).
$0 monthly account fee. Unlimited fee-free everyday transactions.
Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available. Savings Top Up tool automatically transfers to linked savings account.
Suncorp Everyday Options Account
Google Pay, Apple Pay
Osko, PayID
Link up to 9 interest-earning sub accounts.
$0 monthly account keeping fees.
Earn interest on your linked sub accounts to help you save for individual goals, with no account fees to pay. Make contactless payments using Google Pay and Apple Pay.
Citi Global Currency Account
Apple Pay, Samsung Pay
Osko, PayID
Earn up to 0.75% p.a. interest on your AUD balance.
$0 monthly account fee.
Enjoy one linked debit card to hold up to 10 currencies and receive foreign currencies for free.
Great Southern Bank Everyday Account
Enjoy flexible payment options and access to a wide network of ATMs.
$0 monthly account fee.
Access to Google, Samsung and Apple Pay. Enjoy fee-free cash withdrawals from 10,000+ ATMs across Australia.

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An online bank account is a convenient way to manage you money 24/7, wherever you are. Most bank accounts in the market today can be managed via a mobile banking app or Internet portal, so you've got a lot of choice.

What is online banking?

Online banking refers to banking where you use your financial institution’s Internet banking platform or mobile banking app. It allows you to access your accounts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at a time and place convenient to you.

You can use your bank’s online banking services to perform these essential tasks:

  • Check your account balance
  • View statements and monitor your transaction history
  • Pay bills
  • Transfer funds to other accounts in Australia and around the world
  • Update your personal details

In most cases, online banking complements the other services offered by your bank, such as the ability to access your funds by visiting a branch or using an ATM. However, there are also special online savings accounts that you can only access over the Internet. There are even some banks that don’t have any physical branches and only operate online. You can find out more about online savings accounts and online-only banks farther down this page.

How to compare Internet banking platforms

If you’re comparing online bank accounts, one of the most crucial factors to consider is the strength of each provider’s Internet banking platform. Internet banking allows you to manage your savings, transaction, credit card or home loan account through a convenient online portal, so make sure you take the following features into account when assessing each financial institution’s Internet banking platform:

  • Ease of use. The first thing you need to consider is how easy and intuitive each Internet banking platform is to use. Can you perform all your everyday banking tasks quickly and with a minimum of fuss? Can you navigate menus and options easily or is the Internet banking experience confusing and complicated?
  • Available transactions. Next, check out a list of the transactions you can perform via the bank’s online platform. Does it allow you to do common everyday banking tasks such as paying bills, transferring funds and checking your balance?
  • Security features. It’s essential that your money and personal details are kept as secure as possible when banking online. See how each bank’s security measures compare to those of other financial institutions, and check on the processes each provider has in place for dealing with online fraud.
  • Online tools and resources. Internet banking platforms can also offer a range of extras above and beyond the nitty gritty of everyday banking. For example, some platforms will let you access a range of financial calculators, apply for other banking products and even access a range of educational guides to help you better manage your money.
  • Accessibility and compatibility. How easy is it to access the Internet banking platform? Is it compatible with your computer and chosen web browser?
  • Customer support. If you ever have a problem with the Internet banking platform, will you be able to quickly and easily access the assistance you need?

You can find out more about how to compare Internet banking platforms in our guide to online banking. You might also be interested to know that’s annual Innovation Awards include a gong for the Best Internet Banking platform. In 2016, Commonwealth Bank’s NetBank platform took home this prestigious award.

How to compare mobile banking apps

Mobile banking has now overtaken Internet banking as the most popular way for Australians to manage their money. It allows you to access your bank account via your smartphone or tablet, which means you can do your banking on the go at any time of day.

Some of the features to consider when comparing mobile banking apps include the following:

  • Ease of use. How quick and easy is each mobile banking app to use? Can you perform all your everyday transactions with a minimum of fuss or is the layout confusing and difficult?
  • Available transactions. Take a look at the transactions you can perform via the app. From paying bills and transferring money to checking your balance and finding your nearest ATM, mobile banking apps should make it as easy as possible to manage your finances.
  • Contactless payments. An increasing number of mobile banking apps allow you to use your phone to make contactless payments. Check to see whether your bank’s app supports this feature.
  • Compatibility. Before choosing a bank, make sure its mobile app is compatible with your smartphone and tablet. You should also check whether you are able to use all of the app’s features from your device.
  • Security features. What details are required to log in to the app? Is your data encrypted when you perform a transaction? Security is paramount when banking online, so make sure your bank offers sufficient protection and also has adequate policies for dealing with fraud.

For more information on how to choose a mobile banking app, check out our mobile banking guide.

Online-only banks

The rise of Internet and mobile banking has seen the emergence of a new type of financial institution: online-only banks. As the name suggests, these banks don’t operate any physical branches and offer their products and banking services completely online. Well-known online-only banks in Australia include ING, ME and Rabobank.

One of the main strengths of online-only banks is that they have less overhead than banks that operate branch networks, which in theory allows them to pass on savings to their customers, such as fewer fees on savings or transaction accounts.

Another benefit of an online bank is convenience. In our time-poor world, these providers offer a fast, hassle-free way to manage your money whenever and wherever you are.

The main downside of course is that you are unable to have any face-to-face contact with your bank. While this is not a problem for some people, it’s a huge drawback for those who like the peace of mind that comes with being able to do your banking in person.

You can find more details on the pros and cons of this approach in our guide to online-only banking.
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