New Online Savings Account holders will receive bonus interest on their balance, for a limited time, as long as $2,000 or more is held in a Teachers Mutual Bank (TMB) Online Savings Account. This bonus saver account offers multiple ways to access your savings and transfer funds without incurring fees, and while enjoying competitive interest rates.
What are the features of the Teacher’s Mutual Bank Online Savings Account?
With no fees, this online savings account can offer Australians a clear way to save up while simultaneously earning a competitive interest rate. Many financial institutions now provide this type of savings account, and you should be comparing a number of those with the features that you find with Teachers Mutual Bank:
$0 Account keeping fees
There are no monthly service fees with the online savings account from Teacher’s Mutual Bank.
Low assistance fees
You will be charged $3 for each transaction that requires the assistance of a Teacher’s Mutual Bank staff member.
Competitive interest rate of 1.56%
A base interest rate is applied to balances of up to $1,999. Once your balance exceeds $2,000 you will receive a competitive rate of interest.
Daily interest calculations
Interest is calculated on the daily balance, and interest payments are made to your account once a month. Every dollar deposited will start earning interest from day 1.
Base interest rate of 1.56%
New account holders will receive bonus interest on top of the standard rate for the first three months when they are able to maintain a balance of at least $2,000. Interest is calculated on the daily balance and the payment will be made into the account once a month.
Restrictions around receiving the bonus interest
The bonus interest offer is only available to Teacher’s Mutual Bank members who do not have an existing Online Savings Account with the institution as of 22 October 2015. Only one account may be opened per member.
You can view and make transfers with your online savings account through online, mobile and phone banking. Direct credits and other transfers can also be made into and out of the account.
No minimum balance requirements
There is no minimum balance that must be maintained, but remember that in order to earn a higher rate of interest you need to have at least $2,000 in the account.
The banking products offered by Teachers Mutual Bank are only available to its members. In order to become a member you must be employed in the Australian education industry or be a family member or friend of someone who is. The cost of buying a share into the mutual bank is $10, which is refundable if you ever decide to abandon your membership.
- $0 account keeping fee
- Earn interest regardless of balance, and earn bonus interest for balances over $2,000
- Unlimited electronic transactions
- A $3 fee may apply when requesting staff assistance
- Teachers Mutual membership is limited to those with either personal or family connections to the Australian education industry.
How do I apply for the Teacher’s Mutual Bank Online Savings Account?
Eligibility for your online application
First ensure that it will be accepted by going over the following eligibility requirements:
- Minimum age. Only applicants who are at least 18 years of age will be accepted.
- Residency requirements. You must either be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to become a member of Teacher’s Mutual Bank.
- Depository requirements. There is no minimum deposit requirement to open the Online Savings Account, but you will need to pay a $10 fee for your share before becoming a member of the mutual bank.
Have the following documents ready for your online application
As you work your way through the application, you will find it easier to fill in if you have the following documentation readily available:
- Tax file number. Although not obligatory, providing your tax file number (TFN) or exemption code allows the bank to withhold tax on your interest earnings at the correct rate for your circumstance.
- Identification. You will be asked to verify your identity using your passport or your driver’s licence.
- Bank account information. Account details will be needed in order for you to pay the $10 fee for becoming a member.
What happens after I submit the online application?
After your information has been verified, Teacher’s Mutual Bank will contact you with your membership information and new online savings account number. Make your deposit as quickly as possible in order to take advantage of the three months of bonus interest on your balance.