Bank Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Bank Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

There are 2 categories for bank documents which will be helpful for backpacking around Australia.

You have the documents you will take with you (to activate your Australian bank account) and the documents you will get while you're backpacking around (i.e, statements from your new account).

If you're looking for information on transferring money or taking it with you see section Money Management Tips For Backpacking In Australia).

Which documents should I take with me?

When you're first travelling to Australia you will need to take an up to date original bank statement with you.

This will be for two reasons, first, if you're asked to prove your funds to the Australian Customs Service and second, to be used as identification when you wish to open/activate an Australian Bank Account.

If you are going to have an Australian bank account, you MUST take an upto date statement from your bank (at home) to activate your new account!

With some visas (like the Working Holiday Visa) one of the conditions for entry is that you have a certain amount of money in your bank account.

For this reason it's best to take a statement with you which is dated as close to your departure as possible (no more than 2 months old) so you're able to prove your funds.

The bank statement you take with you has to...

  • Show Your address details - It has to contain your full name and home address.

  • Be up to date - It's best to use the most recent statement you have before departure date.

  • Show a Positive Balance - It should show that you have the required amount for entry into Australia.

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