What will I need to take for ID when I open my Australian Bank Account?

Opening an Australian Bank Account from Overseas (Australian Bank Accounts Explained) - Part 4
Australian Banking for the Backpacker

You will definitely need to take your passport and the details of your bank account at home (to transfer the bulk of your money across if you haven't already). They are going to ask for proof of your account at home in the form of an original bank statement (see section Bank Documents for Backpacking Around Australia).

Other than that, when you make your appointment ask the clerk/teller if there is anything else you will need to bring with you and write it all down in your Personal Organiser. Obviously you should include the time/date/location of your appointment, the name of the person you're going to be dealing with and the amount they require you to deposit when you open your account.

Anything else I should be aware of?

They are going to ask you for an Australian address but don't worry if you don't have one. Be polite and explain to them that you're a backpacker who has just arrived in Australia and that you would like them to use the address of the bank branch you're in until you get a place sorted.

Of course as a backpacker, the chances are that you won't ever have a permanent address. So you may decide just to leave things as they are without providing a new address, this way you know your statements will not be sent anywhere which could compromise your security. If you opt for paperless statements it will increase your security and you can check your statements online anyway.

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