Westpac Choice Transaction Account
Enjoy free ATM withdrawals at more than 50,000 ATMs globally and get cash out without your card using Cardless Cash.
This everyday transaction account has no monthly account keeping fee when you deposit $2,000 a month. There's also no account fees for students and customers aged under 21.
You can access over 3,000 Westpac Group ATMs in Australia for free along with 50,000 global ATMs that are part of Westpac’s Global ATM Alliance.
Fee Free Deposit
Account keeping fee
ATM withdrawal fee
Overseas ATM withdrawal fee
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The Westpac Choice bank account has a monthly account keeping fee of $5, however this is waived if you’re under 21 or a full time student. You’ll also get the account fee waived if you deposit $2,000 a month. If you’re concerned about meeting this deposit requirement, there are lots of other everyday accounts with no monthly fee and no deposit conditions to meet.
For those of you who love to travel, Westpac is part of the Global ATM Alliance which is one of the largest ATM networks internationally. This means you can make free withdrawals at more than 50,000 ATMs worldwide. There is, however, a 3% international transaction fee applied to card purchases made in a currency besides AUD. While you can avoid this fee with a select number of debit cards, it is fairly standard across most of the major banks to charge this.
If you’ve got a Rocket Repay home loan with Westpac, you can use the Choice account as an offset account to reduce the amount of interest you need to pay on our loan. The account can also be opened as a joint account, and both account holders will get their own debit MasterCard linked to the account, which is handy if you regularly need to split expenses with a partner or roommate.
Special offer: $40 cash bonus for customers under 30
New customers under the age of 30 who open a new Westpac Choice Account before 31 March 2020, deposit $500 or more and make at least five eligible purchases within the first 30 days after opening the account will receive a $40 cash bonus. Eligible purchases include purchases made in-store or online plus PayPass and Google Pay transactions. T&C's apply.
$0 Account keeping fee if you deposit $2,000 per month
If you are able to deposit at least $2,000 a month into your account (for example your salary), the $5 monthly service fee will not be charged to your account.
No account fees for students and customers under 21
The account keeping fee is waived for customers under the age of 21, full-time tertiary students, and individuals who hold an Australian Pensioner Concession or Health Care Card. Expatriate and migrant customers will have the fee waived for the first year that the account is open.
Linked Debit Mastercard or Handycard
A Debit Mastercard is issued to all Choice account holders over the age of 16. With this card, purchases can be made all over the world in stores, online and over the phone. The card comes with PayPass so you can make tap-and-go purchases without entering your PIN for transactions under $100.
Customers under the age of 16 can use a Handycard, which allows you to withdraw cash from Westpac ATMs, however does not allow for online purchases.
Free ATM withdrawals within the large Westpac ATM network
You can make unlimited withdrawals using your Debit Mastercard from any Westpac ATM in Australia.
No foreign ATM withdrawal fee when using one of 50,000 Global Alliance ATMs
Westpac is a part of the Global ATM alliance which allows you to make cash withdrawals from certain banks overseas without being charged an ATM fee. If you do use an ATM that is not a part of the alliance, you will be charged $5 per transaction plus other fees and charges may be added to your account from the issuing bank.
Global ATM partners
|New Zealand||Westpac NZ|
|Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji||Westpac Pacific Banking|
|Italy, France||BNP Paribas|
|Poland, Spain, Germany||Deutsche Bank|
|Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius, Kenya, Ghana, Botswana||Barclays Bank|
|UK, Portugal and Gibraltar||Barclays Bank|
|USA||Bank of America|
|China||Bank of Nanjing|
|Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Caribbean, Jamaica||Scotiabank|
Online, tablet and mobile banking available
You can also get cash from Westpac ATMs by using a cash code that is issued to you through mobile banking. This option limits you to withdrawals of up to $500 daily or $1,000 a week.
Mortgage interest offset available
If you are a home loan customer with a Westpac Rocket Repay home loan or Rocket Investment loan, the balance of your Choice account can offset the balance of your home loan. Interest is then applied to your mortgage payment based on the adjusted amount, lowering the amount due to Westpac.
Foreign currency conversion
If you make a transaction in a foreign currency and the merchant accepting the Debit Mastercard is located outside of Australia, you will be charged 3% of the Australian dollar amount. This includes using your card overseas and also shopping online from overseas merchants.
Get cash without your debit card
Westpac's Cardless Cash feature lets you withdraw money without your debit card from Westpac-branded ATMs. All you need to do is generate a code from the Westpac Mobile Banking app.
Tap and Pay with your Android phone
Pay in-store with your compatible Samsung smartphone using Tap and Pay. Hold your phone to the EFTPOS reader to make purchases under $100 in a tap.
How to applyWhen after comparing the features of various transaction accounts you find that the Westpac Choice is the right choice for you, you can apply online by clicking 'Go to Site'.
- Your age. In order to be considered for this account, an applicant must be at least 12 years of age. Keep in mind that if you are under 16, you will not be issued a debit Mastercard. Instead, you will need to apply for the Handycard. This card will be able to provide you with access to your money.
- Residency. You must be an Australian resident currently living in Australia with a valid residential address.
- Mobile number. Westpac will send an account activation code to your mobile phone once they have opened your account.
If you are eligible to apply for the Choice account, continue on to the secure application page with the following documentation close by to refer to:
- Identification documents. Westpac will attempt to verify your identity electronically by using the information from one of the following documents; your passport, driver's licence, Medicare card or birth certificate. If Westpac is unable to verify your identity, you may need to have this step finished at a local branch.
- Personal information. Some of your personal details will need to be provided, such as your full name, date of birth and your current Australian address.
- Account information. If you intend on using this account as a 100% offset for your home loan, have your customer or account number available.
What happens after I submit the application?
Once you have submitted your online application to Westpac, they will issue you an activation code so that you may begin making your deposits. The debit Mastercard will be sent by post to the address you provided and will be ready for use once you activate it.