Forgive me if this thread exists,
but ive booked my RTW trip last month, and im on OZ for 4months. Because im going to be working there, i need to set up a bank account over there.
Any adise please on which one, how to do it etc.... would be appreciated
Try the ANZ bank.
Go to www.anz.com.au
Other banks are:
National Australia Bank
I would recommend ANZ, we had no problems with them, we spent a year working in Oz. I've heard bad reports about the Commonwealth. Depends where you're going in Oz, but beware that if you join St George's Bank, as there is no branch of that bank in Perth (WA) My friend joined them before she left the UK after a recommendation from another friend. When she arrived in Perth and had problems with her bank, she couldn't do anything about it, and ended up opening an account with ANZ.
Hope this helps
That's a good point Rhiannon; some banks are regional and aren't represented everywhere.
Also, others like Citibank don't have much of an ATM network, and so you have to use another bank's ATM and pay a fee each time.
The main banks that are represented everywhere, and which have a large ATM network are:
National Australia Bank (nab.com.au)
Commonwealth Bank (commbank.com.au)
ANZ is one of the best. You can apply online - albeit in an ancient fashion - by downloading a form for the ANZ access saver and faxing it back. You can transfer funds then once you get to Oz you show your passport as 100 point ID (the minimum required)at a chosen branch and you're in business.
I have used Commonwealth over the last year and had no problems.