Which banks offer Tablet Banking

Which Australian banks offer tablet banking apps?

Information verified correct on October 22nd, 2016

As more Australians embrace mobile banking, banks are developing apps for tablets to help you manage your funds on-the-go.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 62% of Australian households access the Internet using a tablet, such as the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Microsoft Surface Pro. At the same time, Australians are among the world’s fastest adopters of mobile banking, with a recent Bain & Company survey revealing that in 2014, 38% of Australian customers' banking activity took place through a smartphone or tablet.

But what are the benefits of banking from your tablet and which Australian banks have dedicated tablet apps?

NAB Classic Banking

Tablet Banking Offer

Enjoy $0 monthly account fees on the NAB Classic banking account.

  • Free use at over 3,400 NAB and RediATMs in Australia
  • 24/7 Mobile Banking, including Quick Balance checker
  • Tap and Pay for Android
  • Free linked NAB Visa debit card with payWave

    Compare bank accounts with tablet banking below

    Rates last updated October 22nd, 2016
    Monthly Account Fee Debit Card Access ATM Withdrawal Fee Fee Free Deposit p.m. Details
    Westpac Choice
    $0 ATM withdrawal fee at 50,000+ ATMs globally.
    Via Westpac's Global ATM Alliance. Get Cash without your debit card (conditions apply).
    Mastercard $0 $2,000 No ATM fees when using St.George, Westpac, BankSA or Bank of Melbourne ATMs in Australia. Deposit at least $2,000 per month and enjoy no monthly service fee. Open More
    NAB Classic Banking
    Tap and Pay with your Android Phone using NAB Pay.
    No minimum deposit required.
    Visa $0 $0 No monthly account fees, ever. Free use at over 3,400 NAB and RediATMs Australia wide and $0 overdrawn fees. Open More
    BankSA Sense Everyday Account
    Save and budget – get two accounts working together and save faster.
    Visa $0 $2,000 Use over 3000 BankSA, St.George, Bank Of Melbourne and Westpac ATMs in Australia for free. Open More
    St.George Complete Freedom Account
    10% Cash back for online gaming purchases.
    Waived account keeping fees when minimum deposit is met with no minimum balance.
    Visa $0 $2,000 No account keeping fees, if you deposit $2,000 per month plus no minimum balance required. No ATM fees when using St.George, Westpac and BankSA ATMs. Open More
    Bank of Melbourne Complete Freedom
    Get Cardless cash and shop securely with your Visa debit card. Customise SMS and email alerts.
    Visa $0 $2,000 No ATM fees when you use Bank of Melbourne, BankSA, St.George or Westpac ATMs. No monthly fees when you deposit at least $2000 into this account each month. Open More
    Commonwealth Bank Complete Access
    No longer available for new applications.
    Mastercard $0 $2,000 Deposit at least $2,000 a month (or $1,000 if aged 21 to 24) to get the monthly fee waived. More
    Newcastle Permanent Everyday Account
    No monthly account keeping fees if you maintain a certain balance.
    Visa $0 $1,800 Unlimited free Newcastle Permanent transactions including Westpac Group ATMs Australia wide. More
    AMP Access Account
    An everyday transaction account with fee-free banking.
    Visa $0 $0 Unlimited fee-free transactions at rediATMs, $0 transaction fees using BankNet, mobile banking and BankPhone. Open More
    Bank of Queensland Day2Day Plus Account
    An everyday transaction account with a linked Visa debit card.
    Visa $0 $0 No monthly account fee and free access to over 3,000 rediATMs nationwide. More

    What is tablet banking?

    Most Australian banks offer Internet or online banking services that allow customers to perform a range of transactions and tasks through the bank’s online website. This can be done via a desktop, smartphone or tablet.

    However, tablet banking allows customers to access these services via an application (app) developed specifically for the tablet. Rather than navigating the bank’s website on your browser, you can go directly to the app to perform a number of tasks.

    The benefits of tablet banking

    Similar to online banking, tablet banking allows you to pay bills, transfer money and manage your finances from the comfort of your home, on-the-go and at a time convenient to you.

    More than that, apps developed specifically for tablets provide an improved user experience as it takes into consideration the hardware capabilities, software and overall tablet experience when it comes to the design.

    View our tablet banking apps comparison table 

    Which banks have dedicated tablet banking apps?

    There are  many banks and credit unions that allow you to bank using a mobile app that has been designed for use with smartphones rather than tablets — for example, using your iPad (tablet) to access an Internet banking app designed for the iPhone (smartphone).

    But there are some Australian banks that have gone to the lengths of developing tablet-specific banking apps for their customers. Apps designed from the ground up for tablet use offer increased functionality when banking on your tablet, allowing you to make the most of the improved graphics and touchscreen navigation options your tablet offers over your smartphone.

    For example, a tablet app may offer more visually engaging account overviews than a mobile app, or offer handy features such as the ability to ‘drag and drop’ when moving money around between accounts. In short, they make it easier and more convenient to manage your finances via a tablet.

    Let’s take a look at the tablet-specific banking apps available from Australian banks.

    Compare tablet banking apps

    Tablet Banking AppSupported DevicesFeatures
    NAB Tablet Banking
    • iPad (requires iOS 7.0 or later)
    • View property investment strategies
    • Check your account balances and transaction history
    • Banking limit of up to $20,000
    • Schedule bill payments with BPAY
    • Apply for new accounts
    • Change and reset your login details
    • Calculate foreign exchange
    Westpac Tablet Banking
    • iPad (requires iOS 8.0 or later)
    • Windows 8 tablets
    • View account balances and completed transactions
    • Pay bills and transfer money
    • Schedule future payments
    • View eStatements
    • Open savings and transaction accounts and credit cards
    • Find your nearest ATM or branch
    • Activate a credit or debit card
    • Report a lost or stolen card
    • Update your personal details
    • Make payments using drag and drop
    • iPad users can sign in using a four-digit passcode or fingerprint
    • St.George Tablet Banking
    • BankSA Tablet Banking
    • Bank of Melbourne Tablet Banking
    • iPad (requires iOS 7.0 or later)

    (Android tablet app no longer available)

    • Log in using your security number or password
    • One-tap payments to your favourite accounts
    • Automatic notifications, for example when your balance reaches a certain minimum limit
    • View account information, balances and transaction history
    • Transfer money and pay bills
    • Schedule future and recurring transfers
    • Change ATM/EFTPOS cash withdrawal limits
    • Activate a credit or debit card
    • Locate your nearest branch or ATM
    CommBank App
    • iPad (requires iOS 8.0 or later)
    • Android (requires Android 4.2 and up)
    • Fast access using four-digit PIN
    • Transfer money and pay bills
    • Schedule and view future payments
    • Activate credit and debit cards
    • View account balances and transaction history
    • Savings Tracker to help you grow your savings balance
    Newcastle Permanent Tablet App
    • Android (requires Android 4.1 and up)
    • Check account balances and view transaction history
    • Add new billers and payees
    • Make periodic payments or set up future transfers
    • Transfer money and pay bills
    • View eStatements
    • Locate your nearest branch or ATM
    • Use personal or home loan calculators
    AMP Tablet App
    • iPad (requires iOS 7.0 or later)
    • Transfer money and pay bills
    • Manage your bank accounts
    • View statements and transaction history
    • Check your investment and super balances
    • Set up alerts
    • Secure access via a four-digit PIN
    • Use interactive calculators
    BOQ Mobile
    • iPad (requires iOS 7.0 or later)
    • Android (requires Android 4.0.3 and up)
    • Locate your nearest branch or ATM
    • Pay bills or transfer money
    • View account balances and transaction history
    • Personalise app to suit your needs
    • Schedule future payments

    How to compare tablet banking apps

    Make sure to consider the following features when comparing the tablet banking apps offered by Australian banks.

    What devices does the app support?

    Check which devices the app is available on and whether your tablet is compatible. Will you need to download the latest version of the relevant operating system in order to use the app?

    Features and capabilities

    The tasks you can do on a tablet banking app may vary between banks. Make sure the app allows you to do everything you want to do in order to manage your everyday finances, such as checking account balances, paying bills and transferring money.

    The ease of use

    How user-friendly is each bank’s tablet banking offering? Is it quick and simple to perform the tasks you want, or is it a slow and confusing process that you struggle to understand? Finally, remember to check whether the app has been designed specifically for tablets or whether it is simply a smartphone app.

    How secure is the app?

    How secure is the tablet banking app? Are there any security measures in place to prevent criminals accessing your account details? Also check whether the bank offers a money-back guarantee in case you ever become a victim of fraud.

    Access to customer service

    Check whether there are user guides and an online help centre to provide advice and assistance when it comes to getting the most out of the app. It’s also important to know whether you will easily be able to access customer support if you ever have a problem.

    What products are offered?

    The best tablet banking app in the world is useless if the bank offers products that are overpriced, lacking features or they simply don’t meet your needs. Make sure the bank offers the right transaction account, savings account, credit card, home loan or whatever product you want before you start assessing the strengths and weaknesses of its tablet banking app.

    Dedicated tablet banking apps offer better functionality and increased convenience when you want to manage your finances from your Apple, Android or Windows 8 tablet. Check to see whether your bank offers a tablet banking app and if it might offer any benefit to you.

    Tim Falk

    A freelance writer with a passion for the written word, Tim loves helping Australians find the right home loans and savings accounts. When he's not chained to a computer, Tim can usually be found exploring the great outdoors.

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