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Maintenance tonight

Please note, we will be running some essential system maintenance this evening (Monday 3 January, 2022) between 10pm and 4am Tuesday morning, there may be some interruptions to our internet banking services and the mobile banking app during this time. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

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Win one of fifty AU$1,000 gift card vouchers*

Welcome to win one of fifty AU$1,000 gift card vouchers To be eligible, simply send or receive money overseas in foreign currency using First Option’s International Payment service. Send or receive money overseas in foreign currency using our International Payment service between 22 November 2021 to 24 January 2022, and you will go in the draw to win a AU$1,000 gift card voucher.  If you are looking for a timely and reliable3 way to send funds overseas, our International Payments services …

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Scams Awareness Week 2021

Scams cost Australian consumers, businesses, and the economy hundreds of millions of dollars each year and cause serious emotional harm to victims and their families. Scams Awareness Week took place 8-12 November 2021. This year we encouraged everyone to have an open conversation about scams to reduce stigma and help people recognise a scam sooner or prevent scams from happening in the first place. In 2020 Australians made more than 216,000 reports to Scamwatch and reported losses of around $178 …

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Hosting the perfect housewarming party

Celebrating your new home is a piece of cake with these tips from the experts. Bill Granger is an Australian chef and food writer, loved by family cooks and sophisticated foodies alike for his relaxed style and fresh local ingredient-led dishes The best celebrations are relaxed ones. Your guests are coming to see you as well as your new home so you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. If you serve something simple that can be …

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Victorian Homebuyer Fund 

This month the Victorian government announced a new ‘shared equity’ scheme to help home buyers to purchase a house with a deposit as low as 5%.  The scheme will see the state government provide up to 25% of the purchase price of your house through the Victorian Homebuyer Fund in return for an equivalent share in the property. You then repay the contribution to essentially ‘buy-out’ the fund’s share in your property or if you sell it, you reimburse the fund according to the …

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Fighting food wastage

SecondBite ambassador Sally Williams on fighting food waste  Is food waste really a big problem? Yes! Food waste is a big problem, it is a worldwide issue and Australia is a large contributor to food wastage. It is a problem because of the consequences it has on the environment, with food waste taken to landfill and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. The resources required to create that food should be taken into consideration; using water and land, clearing forests, draining …

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Should you move your super?

Dr Steve Enticott, and CIA Tax are tax experts and a financial media presenter recommended by First Option Bank. For those who are not self-employed, super is like a bonus: it isn’t money you see go into your bank account on payday so it’s often not something people think about until they reach a point in their working lives where they are considering their financial future.  It is, however, definitely worthwhile thinking about your super because it is real money and it’s your money. …

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