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24 Responses to Savings Accounts for Grandchildren – Opening An Account As A Gift

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    Paul | August 20, 2014

    I’d like to start a trust for my current and any future grandchildren by opening an account that would be used for their education should they go to university , which I expect they will .

    I currently have two grandchildren with another due in November and there will possibly more in the next few years . Would I have to open individual accounts for each child or could I have one education trust fund account . Rgds Paul

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      Shirley | August 20, 2014

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for your question.

      Usually you can have more than one trustee with trust fund accounts. Please double check this in the terms and conditions before committing to anything.

      It may also be worthwhile to speak to your financial advisor or accountant in regards to setting it up.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    Wendy | August 16, 2014

    My grandson lives in Spain and has English Dad and Spanish Mum. Can I open an account in his name with access to him when he is 18 years old?

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      Marc | August 18, 2014

      Hi Wendy,
      thanks for the question.

      This will depend on what country you open the account in. In Australia, you might be able to open an account in trust for your grandchild which grants him access at 18. You might want to contact a bank you’re interested in getting an account with first to find out if this is possible and the process for doing so.

      I hope this helps,
      Marc.

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    dennis | July 9, 2014

    I want to open a savings account for my grandchildren living in London. I do not have SSN for them

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      Shirley | July 10, 2014

      Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for your question.

      Did you want to open an account for them in Australia or London? If you’re looking to open an account for them in London please speak to a local bank within the area. This option could be easier as you need a residential address or TFN/SSN for the application.

      If you would like to open an account in Australia, it’s probably easier to apply in a branch to see what options they have available for you.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    mark | June 4, 2014

    how can I open a saving account for my grand daughter ,iwant it so I can direct debit 20 dollars a week into it and I don’t want her to withdrawl any of it until she is 18. I don’t want her mum to have access to it either because I think she would spend it on herself. or would it be better to buy shares in her name

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      Marc | June 5, 2014

      Hi Mark,
      thanks for the question.

      Unfortunately it’s difficult to say where you should invest money for your grandchild. In the case of savings accounts, you might want to compare the various savings accounts on this page and then enquire with the institution directly to find out if you can open an account in a trust for your grand daughter. You might also want to seek the services of a trusted accountant or financial planner to find out the best way to invest money for her.

      Cheers,
      Marc.

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    Reinhard | April 25, 2014

    Hello,
    I would like to open savings account’s for my twin Grand Baby’s in Germany. Is this possible?

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      Marc | April 28, 2014

      Hi Reinhard,
      thanks for the question.

      This will depend on the institution you choose to bank with in Germany, which is unfortunately out of our area of expertise. I’d recommend comparing some of the bank accounts in Germany which you’re interested in and then contact the institutions directly to find out more.

      I hope this helps,
      Marc.

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    Grandma | April 16, 2014

    I opened a savings account for my grandson and I am also named on the savings account. Today I discovered that his mom changed the address to hers. How is this legal?

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      Shirley | April 16, 2014

      Hi Grandma,

      Thanks for your question.

      This will depend on the fine print of the kids savings account that was opened. Generally, a kids saving accounts usually has what’s called an ‘authorised signatory’ and that person is the only one permitted to operate the account.

      It’s probably best to contact the bank directly and to enquire about what’s happened. The bank is likely to give a more informed answer.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    Lorsin | December 23, 2013

    My Mum wants to open accounts for all 8 great grandchildren, with her grandchild, (a parent each of 2 per family) being signature, it will be a good amount each to earn well for them, with or without being added to, “BUT” she doesn’t want them having access till their 21st birthdays! Can this be done?

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      Marc | December 24, 2013

      Hello Lorsin,
      thanks for the question. This seems like a great idea for your mother to help her grandchildren out. This type of account is known as a trust account, and gives your mum the ability to set the account to become inherited by her grandchildren at whichever age she likes. You may wish to consult a lawyer or accountant for more information.

      Cheers,
      Marc.

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    bmorejoe | October 10, 2013

    My wife and I want to open an investment account with our granddaughter (11). We both want to be on the account with her. Our main investment company will do a joint account for adults or a joint account for an adult and a minor but not an account with two adults and a minor. Is this a general problem or do we just need to find the right bank?

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      Shirley | October 10, 2013

      Hi bmorejoe,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Children’s accounts generally only have one adult and a minor, but this may be possible through the bigger banks such as Bankwest and Commonwealth Bank by applying in-branch.

      Please let us know how you go.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    janet | July 15, 2013

    I have 4 grand kids can I open an individual account for all off them?

    PS: I live in England.

    • Staff
      Shirley | July 15, 2013

      Hi Janet,

      Thanks for your comment.

      To be eligible for most of our savings accounts, you need to be an Australian resident for tax purposes.

      You may want to consider opening an account for your grandchildren in England instead.

      Hope this helps,
      Shirley

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      Livvie | September 15, 2013

      Hi, can you please tell me if as a grandparent opening a bank account for a granchild, is the childs birth certificate necessary? What documentation is needed?
      Many thanks.

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      Shirley | September 16, 2013

      Hi Livvie,

      Thanks for your comment.

      In most cases, banks will need the child’s birth certificate and a Tax File Number if they have one.

      Hope this helps,
      Shirley

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    Matt | July 3, 2013

    I have a 5 yr.old grandaughter,. I would like to open a account of some kind for her,future. What do you suggest would be the best?

    • Staff
      Shirley | July 4, 2013

      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for your comment.

      This page can provide you with some things to consider about the best bank account for your granddaughter. ANZ, Bankwest, CBA, NAB, Westpac and Suncorp all have specialised savings accounts for kids.

      Hope this helps,
      Shirley

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    hyacinth | March 12, 2012

    Would photocopies of birth certificates for grand children be acceptable as they do no live in the country?

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      Shirley | April 23, 2013

      Hi Hyacinth,

      Thanks for your comment.

      All of the products we feature are based in Australia. As long as they are Australian birth certificate, photocopies are usually sufficient. It’s best to check with the financial institution first.

      Hope this helps,
      Shirley

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