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Whether you already have your own business or in the midst of starting one, it’s important to find a business bank account that fits your business needs. Bank of Queensland, better known as BOQ, specialises in various types of business bank accounts, suitable for small and large businesses.
This article will take you through what business accounts are available through BOQ and introduce you to the Wise business account as an alternative option out there.
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BOQ has varying types of transaction and investment accounts available for customers to open. The account options are¹:
- Everyday Business Account
- Business Performance Saver
- Business WebSavings account
- BOQ Superannuation Savings account
- Premier Investment Account
- Farm Management Deposit Account
- Trust accounts
For new customers, the BOQ Everyday Business Account is the most popular business account to open. Some features that come with this account include²:
- Unlimited in-branch deposits and withdrawals
- Free withdrawals via any BOQ branch or ATM’s
- Flat monthly account keeping fee
- Account access and management through internet and mobile apps
- Linked BOQ Business Visa Debit card that come with other commercial perks and benefits
- Fraud Protection through Visa
Customers will need to open this account to be eligible to open any other Bank of Queensland business accounts.
Before going through how to open the BOQ Everyday Business account, we’ll discover some of the account costs and fees associated with this account. To see how these costs compare, we’ll do a comparison with the Wise Business account and see if there are cheaper options out there.
|Fees *||BOQ Everyday Business account¹||Wise Business account|
|Account monthly fees||$10 AUD per month |
Free for not-for-profit organisations
|One-time fee of 22 AUD to get AUD and international details.|
|Access to multiple cards||Not disclosed||Yes|
|International transfer fee (for a sample amount of $1,000 AUD to GBP)||$20 AUD per telegraphic transfer + any correspondent bank fees |
|Small payout fee + 0.45% variable conversion fee (e.g. for a transfer of $1,000 AUD to GBP, the total fee charged is $5.14 AUD) You can make a fee calculation here.|
|ATM withdrawals||Free for domestic withdrawals |
$5 AUD for international withdrawals + 3% currency transaction fee
|You can take out money for free twice a month — as long as the total amount is under $350 AUD. After that, there is a $1.50 AUD per transaction fixed fee. If you take out over $350 AUD in one month, there is a 1.75% on the amount exceeding that. See card fees here.|
- Rates checked on the 9th May 2022
As you can see, opening and maintaining a BOQ Everyday Business Account has comparable fees for local transactions. In terms of international payments and withdrawals, the costs start to rise in comparison with the Wise Business Account.
To apply for a new BOQ Everyday Business account, you’ll need to be an Australian or New Zealand citizen and have a registered business. If you fit this requirement, there are two ways you can start the process of opening a BOQ business account.
The first way is to³:
1. Press “Enquire Now” on the BOQ website
2. Fill out the online form with your personal details
3. Outline through this form what’s the best time a BOQ business agent can contact you
The second way is to prepare the required documents and visit a local BOQ branch.²
Your business type will determine what documents you are required to provide. Let’s go through what documents you need for two popular types of business structures.
Sole traders will need to provide BOQ with the following information⁴:
- Identity information
- Principal place of business
- Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Nature of your business
- Authorised users of the account with their tax and identity documents (if new to BOQ)
If you have a Domestic Private company, you will need to provide⁵:
- Full name of company based on ASIC registration
- Relevant company addresses
- Australian Company Number (ACN)
- Director names and company secretaries
- Nature of business activity
- Tax residency documentation of the company
- Identity documents for each person needing access to the account
Once you have gathered the required documents, you will still need to set up an appointment at your local BOQ branch to open your BOQ Everyday Business Account.
You can only open a Business Performance Saver account or a Business WebSaver account once you open an Everyday Business Account.⁶
Here we’ll go through some extra information that you need to know if you are looking to open a Business account with BOQ, including other sorts of documents you may need, if you can manage your account online and timeframes.
If you are looking to open a Domestic Public Company, Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF), Domestic regulated or unregulated trust, domestic association, domestic registered co-operative, domestic strata corporation or need to add an individual to any of the above, you can find the associated checklist of documents required here.
The Everyday Business account can be managed through the BOQ online banking platform and via the BOQ mobile app.².
BOQ does not disclose any minimum deposit to open an Everyday Business account. There are different minimum deposit requirements for some of their other business investment accounts though.
The Performance Saver account is designed only for electronic use, meaning that all transfers can only be done online with no no card access. The Performance Saver can be linked with your Everyday Business account though to make transfers between.⁶
You can contact BOQ by:
- Calling 1300 55 72 72
- Calling from overseas +61 7 3336 2420
- By organising for a BOQ representative to call you by submitting this form here
Both numbers are available for contact 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Now that we’ve explored what business banking options are available with BOQ, now is a great time to check out what else you can get if you open a Wise business account. The Wise Business account is a great alternative for local and international banking, with the ability to pay international invoices, vendors and employees with the mid-market exchange rate.
You can also spend in multiple currencies without foreign transaction fees with your own Wise Business debit card, all while managing your business exclusively online.
Find out more about how much Wise could save your business, check out the Wise Business account. You can sign up online with a few clicks — in minutes.
- BOQ Business guide to fees and charges p.7, p.8
- BOQ Everyday Business Account features
- BOQ online business application for contact
- BOQ Documents required Sole trader
- BOQ Documents Domestic Private company
- BOQ Open a Business Savings account p.7 & p.8
Sources checked on: 9th May 2022
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