Aussies pay more for banking than Brits

Research by research group Oxera has found that the typical median-income Australian family pays $222 each year for a transaction account, while an equivalent family in Britain only pays $48. The news is better on the credit card front though: our average interest free period of 35 days ranked in the middle of the 11 countries surveyed and our rates are not particularly high after taking into account differences in the cash rate. Penalty fees for late payment, overdrawing accounts or exceeding card limits can be up to $150 in Britain but are usually less than $40 here. Australian consumers are also offered a wider choice of account types which means that fees can be minimised by taking a basic bank product or higher fees can be paid for a product with more features.