What do I need to apply for a bank account?

Find out what you'll need to have handy before you apply for an everyday transaction account, savings account or term deposit.

Identification for new customers

If you're already a customer you can skip this step.

Applying at a branch

Pop down to your local Bankwest branch with an original or certified copy of one of the following:

  1. One form of primary ID with a photo (i.e. passport or driver’s licence) or
  2. Two forms of primary ID without a photo (e.g. birth certificate and government benefits card) or
  3. One form of primary ID without a photo (e.g. birth certificate or Citizenship papers) and one form of secondary ID (e.g. a utility bill).


For more detailed information, see a handy list of ID we'll accept.

Applying online

You can skip a trip to a branch with our electronic ID check.

Personal details

Whether you're a new or an existing customer, you may need to provide us with your:

  • Name, date of birth, address and contact details (plus those of any additional account holders)
  • Tax File Number (this will ensure you don’t pay withholding tax on the account)
  • Country (or countries) of residence and, if applicable, your tax identification number
  • Linked account details (if you’re applying for a Telenet Saver, Smart eSaver or Online Term Deposit)
  • Proof of concession, enrolment or apprenticeship documentation (if you’re applying for a Student Account)
  • Proof of Government Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (if you're applying for a FeeSaver Basic account)
  • Your Qantas Frequent Flyer number (if you’re applying for a Bankwest Qantas transaction account).

Ready to apply?

You can apply online, in person at a branch or in online banking.

Need help with your application?

Speak to someone from the team today.