The Westpac eSaver earns up to 2.71% for the first 5 months for new accounts. There are $0 monthly fees but you need to link this savings account to a Westpac everyday account. Fees could apply to the everyday account. You'll have unlimited access to your linked Westpac bank account.
What are the features of the Westpac eSaver?
The Westpac eSaver is an online savings account that offers you a number of features that can help in meeting your financial goals.
Introductory bonus interest rate of 2.71% p.a. for the first 5 months (new accounts)
For the first 5 months after you open your eSaver account your savings balance will receive an additional 1.46% applied to it.
The maximum variable rate is 2.71% p.a. This offer is only available for customers who have not held an eSaver account for at least three months prior. Once the terms end, the rate converts to the standard 1.25% p.a.
It then reverts to a standard interest rate of 1.25%
The base variable interest rate for the Westpac eSaver is 1.25% p.a.
How is my interest calculated?
Interest is calculated daily and paid into your account on the last day of each month. Deposits made on the last day of the month will not be included in the interest calculation for that month, but will be for the following. The interest rate is variable, which means it moves according to the RBA cash rate. The interest rate applies to the whole balance.
Must be linked to a Westpac bank account
In order to be an eSaver account holder you must also have a Westpac Choice transaction account in the same name.
$0 Monthly service fees$0 monthly service fees with the eSaver account, although there may be fees with the linked Choice account.
$0 Transaction fees
You will not be charged for transactions and transfers between your Choice account and eSaver.
$0 Minimum deposit
There is no minimum deposit required to open the eSaver account.
$0 Minimum monthly balance
Westpac has a $0 minimum monthly balance to keep the account open.
Make withdrawals without penalty
This is an online savings account without any terms. You make deposits and withdrawals as you can and when you want. You are also free to close the account at will without being charged any penalties.
Safe Online Banking
You can bank with peace of mind online. If your Westpac account is compromised due to internet fraud, Westpac guarantees to repay the missing funds.
- Earn a competitive interest rate
- 24/7 Access to funds through online banking
- $0 Monthly fees (though fees can apply to the linked account)
- Safe Online Banking guarantee
- Introductory rate eventually reverts to a standard rate
How do I apply for the Westpac eSaver?
Applying for the Westpac eSaver can be done online by clicking ‘go to site’ if you believe that this savings account will help you meet your financial goals.
Eligibility to apply online
Before continuing to the secure application page check that you are eligible for the eSaver account:
- Your age. You must be at least 12 years of age in order for an eSaver account to be opened in your name.
- Your residency. Only permanent residents of Australia who have a valid residential address can be a holder of the Westpac eSaver account.
- Your email address. You will need to have an active e-mail address and phone number so that Westpac can contact you easily with important account information.
- Your transaction account. In order for you to be able to access your savings and make deposits into the account, you will have to have a Choice transaction account with Westpac.
- Your prior savings account. If you have held an eSaver account in the last three months, you will not be able to have the bonus interest rate applied to your balance.
Documentation to apply online
If you are able to meet all of these eligibility requirements, then prepare the following documentation and proceed to the secure application page. Having this information close by will ensure that you are able to complete the application accurately and quickly:
- Identification documents. Westpac is required to verify the identity of any online applicant electronically. This can be done with information from your driver’s licence or passport. If not, you may be asked to visit a local branch to complete the identification verification.
- Choice transaction account details. In order to get the full benefit of the eSaver account, it needs to be linked to a Choice transaction account from Westpac. You can give them the account details when you apply, or if you don’t already have one you may apply for the account at the same time.
- Personal information. Westpac is also going to need to know some of your personal details, such as your full name, date of birth and physical address.
What happens after I submit my application?
After submitting your application, Westpac will contact you within two business days with the details of your new savings account. At this point you can begin making deposits and take advantage of the introductory bonus interest rate.
I have accounts with Westpac, but looking at the BoM or St George Maxi saver accounts. Do I need to open a transactional account with them, Or will my existing Westpac transaction account be part of the e saver accounts?
To hold a BoM Maxi Saver account you must also hold an eligible Bank of Melbourne working account in the same name. Unfortunately the same applies to the St.George Maxi Saver with an eligible St.George working account.
How is the monthly fee on the linked account (Westpac Choice) waived. I have a westpac visa?
The Westpac monthly fee is generally waived if:
- You deposit at least $2,000 each month (other fees apply)
- You’re under the age of 21
- You’re a full-time tertiary student, or
- You hold an Australian Pensioner Concession or Health Care Card or
- You’re a migrant or expatriate customer (no monthly fee for the first 12 months).
If any of these situations apply to you, please notify Westpac.
There are no linked cards with the Westpac eSaver. However, since you link the account with a Westpac Choice account, you get a linked Debit MasterCard with the Choice account.
Any special offers/conditions to students?
There is no special offer for students for the Westpac eSaver, but you are required to link this account with the Westpac Choice transaction account. If you’re a full time tertiary student, the monthly fee is waived for the Westpac Choice account.
I currently have an e-saver account (linked to my Choice account). Can I have payments (eg my monthly wage) paid directly into the e-saver account (currently going into Choice account first)?
Funds can only be moved into and out of the e-saver account through the Choice account. For more information please contact Westpac directly.
I have a Westpac esaver account, am I able to withdraw money over the counter from this account?
You can withdraw at a branch using this account, but note that you’ll first need to transfer funds to your linked Westpac Choice account and then withdraw them from that account.
I already have an e-saver account and wanted to deposit around $500k from a property sale, does this account have a maximum balance that may affect the interest rate? Is this the best account to keep it in till I have decided how to invest it?
There’s no maximum balance that affects the interest rate. Please note we don’t recommend specific products, services or providers. If you like, you can compare other high interest savings accounts here.
Is there any interest or other penalty if you make one or more withdrawals per month from a Westpac e saver account? Also, do I have to open a Westpac Transaction or Savings Account as well in order to open a Westpac eSaver a/c? If so, what fees/charges will I incur with the transaction or savings account?
There are no interest or penalties if you make withdrawals with this account. You’ll need a Westpac savings or transaction account. The fees and charges depends on which account you open; e.g. the Westpac Choice has a $0 monthly service fee if you deposit at least $2,000 per month (at the time of writing).
I have an ESaver. When do we qualify for the bonus? How does this work? I also have a Reward Saver but need to keep some money more flexible than in that account. Please advise.
This will depend on when you opened the account and if you fulfil the bonus interest conditions, but basically you can earn the extra bonus interest for three months if you haven’t held an eSaver in the last three months. After this three months you’ll earn the regular interest rate.
If my husband and I have a transaction or savings account in joint names can we flip the money to each other every 3 months if we open and close an esaver account in seperate names every 3 months?
Unfortunately you won’t be eligible for the bonus interest rate as a joint account. However, you could be eligible if the accounts are under one name only when you alternate.
Most of my accounts are held with NAB. If I open an esaver account with Westpac can I use internet banking to deposit into E saver from NAB just using the bsb and account number I am given for E saver account. Basically is it that easy?
You must open a Westpac transaction or savings account in the same name as your eSaver account to be able to move funds in and out of this account. Then any funds you want to deposit into this account must be moved from your linked Westpac savings or transaction account.
To transfer funds from your esaver account back into you westpac choice account is there a fee? and will it happen instantly or can it take a couple of days?
There are no fees for transferring funds to your linked account using internet or telephone banking. If you’re moving funds between Westpac accounts this will usually happen instantly.
Can you make a direct credit/deposit in to this eSaver account from another bank (eg.NAB)? i.e. can you directly transfer money into this online account by simply using the eSaver’s BSB and account number?
All money coming into and out of this account must go through the linked account you specify first. After it’s in the linked account it can be moved into the eSaver account.
Can you have direct debits set up from this account (eSaver)?
You an set up direct debits for this account but they will come with a transaction fee.
Is there a daily transfer limit to other non Westpac accounts?
To use your eSaver account you need to link it to a Westpac transaction or savings account in the same name. This lets you move money in and out of your eSaver account so you can directly transfer funds from your eSaver to a non-Westpac account. You’ll be advised on your limit when you open the account, you can change this by accessing Westpac Online Banking and selecting ‘manage Your Daily Limit’ in the Banking tab.
How much notice is required to withdraw money from a savings account?
You don’t need to give notice to withdraw funds from the account, though it may take up to 2 - 5 business days for funds to appear in the ‘to’ account.
Can you make withdrawals from the esaver and still get interest for the remaining portion of the account for the rest of the month in which the withdrawal is made. — unlike the reward saver account?
You can make withdrawals and still earn interest on this account.
With the Westpac e saver what is the limit amount I can deposit and do I have to deposit funds into the account monthly and if so how much per month Is it a 3 month only account?
There is a minimum deposit for this account and there is a $0 monthly fee.
Is this account suitable for self managed superannuation funds?
You’ll have to go to a branch to set this up. It says it is trust compatible on the Westpac website, so it may work for a SMSF.
Can you please explain what ‘Periodical payment not made fee’ is. Does it mean we have to deposit some money into the account each month otherwise we are charged a fee? Also do you need to have any other account with Westpac to open this account
This account is pretty unique for online savings account in that bills and direct debits can be made from it. The missed periodical payment fee is, according to the terms and conditions ‘for lack of funds in the account’. Periodic payments appears to be Westpac’s term for direct debits. So if you have a direct debit for a utility bill, and the bill is for more than your account balance, a $9 charge will apply.This account is required to be linked to a Westpac transaction account.