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Okila

How hard is it to set up an account in Australia for non-resident?

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Hi everybody!How hard is it to set up an account in Australia for non-resident? I will go to Sydney for several months to see my auntie and would like to have a local card? Or is there any EU card (I'm from Germany) which work perfectly in Australia? Let me know the options pls.

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You can use your EU cards in Australian machines without any problems.   


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Hi Okila,

Yes, your EU cards will all work fine here - but beware of the exchange rates and fees that your German bank may charge.
Definitely check their policy on those.

Otherwise, before I moved here I opened an expat account with Westpac and it was seamless. Could not have gone smoother.
You can use your Aunt's address as your temporary address and just go into your local branch when you arrive to collect your ATM cards etc.

You won't want to do your FX Euro/AUD through them though because their margins are very big. Shop around for a good FX provider who only take a small margin.

Good luck!  

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