New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia

Opening a bank account in Australia

New Zealanders need to provide proof of identity before they can open a bank account in Australia. There are points assigned for information categories, and they must add up to 100 – a passport is worth 80, and other identification worth points may include a photographic drivers licence, Australian property lease documents, and electricity or telephone accounts. All these paper documents must be in the exact name of the applicant, with the name spelled identically.

Before leaving New Zealand, people need to ensure the name on their driver’s licence is exactly the same as the name in their passport, or it may not be usable as identification. New Zealand consular officials in Australia cannot alter New Zealand base identity documents such as drivers’ licences.

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