How to open a bank account with Bank of Sydney

Roberto Efflandrin

Sometimes we may not know about some of the other banking options out there outside of the more popular, bigger banks. The Bank of Sydney (BOS), owned by parent company Bank of Beirut, is one option that you can look into.¹

We’ve taken the initiative and gathered the information on the types of accounts available with BOS, how to open them, some of the fees and other key requirements for this bank.

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Types of accounts

The Bank of Sydney offers personal and business customers a range of transaction accounts, savings accounts, and home loans. Personal customers can choose to open an everyday transaction account, a savings account or a foreign currency account.²

Here are some of the features with each of these accounts.

Everyday Saver

This account is an everyday transaction account where users can send, receive and manage their money with another BOS product. Some of the key features for this account include³:

  • Earn up to 0.55% interest on deposits
  • Linked BOS Visa Debit card
  • Unlimited ATM withdrawals
  • Access to cashless transactions
  • 24/7 access to online banking

This account cannot be opened without opening a BOS Saver account, a term deposit or applying for a BOS home loan.³

BOS Saver Account

This savings account is for those looking for an account that doesn’t require ongoing deposits to accrue interest after an initial deposit. However, customers can only access the variable rate of up to 4% per annum on balances above $5,000.⁴ When you open a BOS Saver account, you’ll automatically open a Everyday Saver transaction account as well.⁴

Foreign Currency Transaction Account

For those looking for an account that makes sending and receiving money from overseas easy, this is what the BOS foreign currency transaction account is designed for. Some key features of this account include⁵:

  • USD, GBP and EUR currencies available
  • Instantly available funds once deposited

To facilitate these transfers, BOS utilises a network of correspondent banks around the world.

How do you open these account types?

If any of these accounts interest you, here is how you can open each of these accounts.

How to open a Everyday Saver and BOS Saver account with BOS?

As mentioned, you can’t open an Everyday Saver alone. So you have to first enquire about the BOS Saver account first. To do this, you will have to take the required documents to your nearest BOS branch and have a minimum deposit ready of $1000.⁶

How to open a Foreign Currency transaction account with BOS?

To open this account, you will need to enquire directly with BOS. This can be by filling out their online form or by visiting a local branch.⁶

How to open a joint account with BOS?

You can open a joint account with any of the above options. Similarly, when you visit a BOS branch, whoever requires access to the account will need to bring their documents to open an account.⁶

Cost, running fees that come with the Everyday account

Using your bank account to make certain transactions can sometimes come with extra fees. This may be integrated into a monthly maintenance fee or charged separately. We’ll compare some of the fees associated with the BOS Everyday Saver account and an alternative provider called Wise.

FEE COMPARISON TABLE

Fees BOS Everyday Saver⁷ Wise
Account monthly fees $5 (this fee can be waived in some circumstances) Free to hold up to $23,000 AUD per month. 0.00437% daily holding fee for any amount over $23,000 AUD
International transfer fee (for a sample amount of $1,000 AUD to GBP) Sending money outward = $10 + potential correspondent bank fees

Receive money from overseas = $10

Small payout fee + 0.48% variable conversion fee (e.g. for a transfer of $1,000 AUD to GBP, the total fee charged is $5.31 AUD) You can make a fee calculation here.
ATM withdrawals Free

Unless withdrawn abroad which has a 3% currency conversion fee attached

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.

**Note: **ATM service providers may charge additional fees. Check their terms of use.

Card maintenance fees Lost card fee = $20 None

* Reference rate only - actual rate may vary. Information last checked on 19th October 2023

What do I need to open an account? Requirements, documents and what to know.

Here are some extra details you’ll need to know to open an BOS account. This includes the required documents, account deposits and how to contact BOS.

Which documents do I need to open an account?

To open any of the above accounts, you will need to be over the age of 18 and an Australian resident or citizen. You will need to provide these documents⁶:

  • Australian identification
  • Tax File Number (TFN)
  • Other bank details from another institution

If you need any clarification on any other documents, you can enquire via the BOS online form.

Do I need to deposit money to open a BOS account?

You will need to deposit a minimum of $1000 into a BOS Saver account and be able to open an Everyday account.⁴

Do I need to go to a bank branch, can I do this online or from abroad?

You will need to visit a branch with your required documents to open all of BOS bank accounts.⁶

What else do I need to know?

There are two other important things to know about an account with BOS.

Internet banking access

You will have to wait 24 hours after you open an account for your new internet banking details. Once you have received them, you will be able to access the BOS internet banking portal and manage your accounts.⁶

Financial Claims Scheme

All deposits made into any BOS account is covered up to $250,000 by the Australian Government Guarantee for deposit-taking institutions.⁸

You can find out more by contacting BOS here.

If you need to contact the Bank of Sydney for any reason, you can:

  • Call 13 95 00
  • Call 61 2 8262 9191 from overseas

The BOS is also across the major social media platforms.

Alternatives to Bank of Sydney

If any of the accounts mentioned above don’t take your fancy, you can check out some other options out there. You will be able to find a range of similar and different accounts at any of the big four banks including:

  • National Australia Bank (NAB)
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Westpac
  • ANZ

If the foreign currency transaction account peaks your interest, you should have a look at Wise, an alternative provider to your traditional banks. Wise offers the Wise Account, a multi-currency account and are specialists in moving money abroad.

The Wise Account

If you’re looking for a flexible account that is great for daily spending in Australia and overseas, the Wise Account is worth a look.

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Sources:

  1. BOS report
  2. BOS accounts
  3. BOS Everyday Saver
  4. BOS Savings account
  5. BOS foreign currency
  6. BOS FAQs
  7. BOS fees pdf
  8. BOS scheme

Sources checked on: 19th October 2023


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