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Australian banking made easy with CommBank

This year we have partnered with Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank), the leading provider1 of student banking services in Australia to bring you a bank account with no monthly account fee for the duration of your studies. 

By opening a Smart Access Everyday Account with CommBank, you can access your funds via a variety of methods to suit your convenience; including on your mobile with the CommBank app, using NetBank (CommBank’s online banking platform), or in person at over 950 bank branches, 13 of these are located on university campuses. 

Opening a CommBank account before you depart to Australia

If you haven’t already, open a Smart Access Everyday Account online before coming to Australia to save time and hassle. All you need to do is go to www.commbank.com.au/idp and complete the account opening questions. Your bank account will be up and running in less than 10 minutes. 

Once your account is open, you can transfer funds to your new account ahead of time so that it is ready for your arrival in Australia. Please note that you will only be able to withdraw those funds once you complete the identification process at a CommBank branch.

To benefit from an IDP dedicated branch services, please choose the following branches as part of your account opening process, depending on your IDP office in Australia. 

 Your IDP office in Australia  Dedicated CommBank branch
 IDP Sydney  Haymarket, NSW
 IDP Parramatta  Parramatta, NSW
 IDP Melbourne  385 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC
 IDP Adelaide  King George Sqr, Brisbane, QLD
 IDP Brisbane  96 King William St, Adelaide, SA
 IDP Perth  Murray St & Forrest Pl, WA


Identifying yourself in branch upon arrival

When you arrive in Australia, you will need to visit a CommBank branch to identify yourself in order to fully activate your account. It is important that CommBank speak to you in person to check your ID. Please bring your passport, letter of enrolment or your student card with you and an Australian mobile number, if you have one. At this time we will also order your Debit Mastercard® so that you can access your money at an ATM, shop online or in stores.

While you wait for the card to arrive, you will be able to use your mobile to withdraw cash from an ATM using the ‘Cardless Cash’1 functionality available on the CommBank app. 

CommBank in IDP offices throughout O-week

To make things even easier for you, CommBank will be running International Student Financial Wellbeing and Orientation sessions in all IDP offices and dedicated CommBank branches between 23 January and 1 March 2018 which will enable you to learn more about banking in Australia and get some firsthand tips on how to manage your money as an international student. 

Come and speak with CommBank on the following dates at your local IDP office. 

For each of these dates, the Financial Wellbeing sessions will start from 2:00pm to 2:15pm, from there CommBank staff will walk you to the local branch to enjoy a private tour of the bank, to access the services and finalise activation of your account. 

Check out the dates for our Financial Wellbeing sessions in your local IDP office:


Reach out to your IDP counsellor for more details. Office location details can be found here.

CommBank’s tips on moving to Australia to study 

For more guidance and tips on how to move to Australia as an international student, including a copy of the ‘Moving to Australia Student Checklist’, please visit www.commbank.com.au/idp.  

Things you should know: Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 is a company incorporated in Australia. Mastercard and the Mastercard brand mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated. 1Limit of $500 in without a card withdrawals per day from over 3,000 CommBank ATMs. CommBank app, NetBank, NetCode and account access required. Full conditions on app. Terms and Conditions apply. 1) Based on Roy Morgan Market share data (July 2017).




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