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How to open your Australian bank account

NAB account Opening a NAB bank account before you arrive means you have one thing less to do when you land in Australia and you can even transfer funds into your account up to 12 months before you arrive.

Australian Banking in 3 easy steps

Step 1 : Apply for your account in less than 10 minutes online.

Apply online

We don’t need copies of your identification or any other documents at this stage, but we'll need to check them once you are here in Australia.


Step 2: Once approved, receive your welcome email and all your important banking information

Your welcome email will include your account details, named banker’s contact information and branch location. You can choose to transfer funds into your account at your convenience before you arrive.

Please note that your account can receive funds, however withdrawals can not be made until you arrive and pass the necessary identification requirements.


Step 3: Arrive in Australia and meet your banker to be formally identified

Once you have successfully provided proof of your identity as required by Australian law, your named banker will activate your account and provide you with your new bank cards.

You can now access any funds you had transferred before you left home.

Read about the Terms & Conditions  and Privacy Policy for NAB personal bank accounts.



Contact Migrant Banking


Level 8 (8.602) 700 Bourke Street,
Docklands, Victoria, 3008

Service Hours:  9:00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. AEST, (Monday to Friday)

Tel: +61 (0)3 8634 1393






New Zealand

Level 4 Quay Park,
30 Mahuhu Crescent, Auckland 1010,
New Zealand

Service Hours:  9:00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Tel: +64 (0)9 976 6318