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Statutory Trust Account

Compliance made easy

Our Statutory Trust Accounts help you comply with statutory requirements.

 


Essentials

  • If you are a solicitor, real estate agent, collection agent (QLD), conveyancer, or settlement agent (WA), you may be required by law to deposit funds held on behalf of your clients, into a Statutory Trust Account.
  • This is a special type of account designed to comply with statutory requirements, and it may require you to provide certain details or documents at account opening.
  • To help you pull together the account-opening information we’ll need to comply with statutory requirements, please refer to our Statutory Trust Account checklist. We have also put together Statutory Trust Account FAQs to help answer any questions you have.

 


What do you get?

 

  • Helps you comply with statutory requirements when holding clients’ funds in trust
  • 15 fee-free transaction allowance and 15 fee-free cheque deposits
  • Statutory Trust – Real Estate Agents account is suitable for real estate agents (in all states) and collection agents (in Queensland)
  • Statutory Trust – Solicitors account is suitable for solicitors
  • Statutory Trust – Conveyancers and Settlement Agents account is suitable for conveyancers (in all states) and settlement agents (in Western Australia).

 


Fees and interest

Credit interest earned will be paid to the relevant statutory bodies in each state/territory.

Fees and interest
Amount
Account-keeping fee (formerly known as ‘Monthly Account Keeping fee’) $6
Transaction fees

Charged when monthly fee-free allowance is exceeded

Read more about fees and charges and how to minimise them

Allowable transaction methods may vary between States/Territories and account types.

Interest
Credit interest earned will be paid to the relevant statutory bodies in each state/territory.

 


Eligibility requirements

  • 18+ years old (applicant plus all signatories)
  • Operating in Australia with an Australian address
  • Must be a member of a professional association and required by law to deposit funds held on behalf of clients in statutory trust accounts
  • Needs an eligible business transaction account from which fees and charges can be debited.

 


How to apply

Please read the Terms and Conditions before you apply for a Statutory Trust Account.

 

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Frequently asked questions

St.George can assist you with our Statutory Trust Accounts. To help you with the information we will need from you when opening one of these accounts, we have put together our Statutory Trust Account checklist, so you can be sure that your account complies with statutory requirements.

We have also put together Statutory Trust Account FAQs to help answer many of the questions you may have.

Statutory Trust Account Questions

 


Statutory Trust Account Customer Checklist

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NSW - Real Estate/Property Agent

1. Provide the bank with ‘Notice of Opening a Trust Account’ from NSW Fair Trading with a unique identifying number FTUID.  This is needed by the bank to show that you are licenced in NSW.

2. Provide the bank with a copy of your Licence or Practicing Certificate to show what state or territory your business activity will be occurring.

3. Provide the bank with your business and personal details, for further information refer to our new customer checklist

 

ACT - Real Estate/Property Agent

1. Provide the bank with request (either verbally or in writing) to open a Statutory Trust Account.

2. Provide the bank with a copy of your Licence or Practicing Certificate to show what state or territory your business activity will be occurring.

3. Provide the bank with your business and personal details, for further information refer to our new customer checklist

 

QLD - Real Estate/Property Agent

1. Provide the bank with a copy of your Licence or Practicing Certificate to show what state or territory your business activity will be occurring.

2. Provide the bank with your business and personal details, for further information refer to our new customer checklist

 

WA - Real Estate/Property Agent

1. Provide the bank with your Triennial Certificate to show what state or territory your business activity will be occurring.

2. Provide the bank with your business and personal details, for further information refer to our new customer checklist

NSW, WA or ACT - Law Firm/Solicitor

1. Provide the bank with request (either verbally or in writing) to open a Statutory Trust Account.

2. Provide the bank with a copy of your Licence or Practicing Certificate to show what state or territory your business activity will be occurring.

3. Provide the bank with your business and personal details, for further information refer to our new customer checklist

 

QLD - Law Firm/Solicitor

1. Provide the bank with your Notification of Opening a General Trust Account.

2. Provide the bank with a copy of your Licence or Practicing Certificate to show what state or territory your business activity will be occurring.

3. Provide the bank with your business and personal details, for further information refer to our new customer checklist

 

NSW - Conveyancer

1. Provide the bank with your Blue Form (Trust Account Notice).

2. Provide the bank with a copy of your Licence or Practicing Certificate to show what state or territory your business activity will be occurring.

3. Provide the bank with your business and personal details, for further information refer to our new customer checklist

WA - Conveyancer

1. Provide the bank with your copy of Triennial Certificate.

2. Provide the bank with a copy of your Licence or Practicing Certificate to show what state or territory your business activity will be occurring.

3. Provide the bank with your business and personal details, for further information refer to our new customer checklist

 

WA - Settlement Agent

1. Provide the bank with your copy of Triennial Certificate.

2. Provide the bank with a copy of your Licence or Practicing Certificate to show what state or territory your business activity will be occurring.

3. Provide the bank with your business and personal details, for further information refer to our new customer checklist

QLD - Collection Agent

1. Provide the bank with letter from QLD Fair Trading.

2. Provide the bank with a copy of your Licence or Practicing Certificate to show what state or territory your business activity will be occurring.

3. Provide the bank with your business and personal details, for further information refer to our new customer checklist

WA or QLD - Motor Dealers

1. Provide Request to Open a Motor Vehicle Dealers Trust Account (either verbally or in writing).

2. Provide the bank with a copy of your Licence or Practicing Certificate to show what state or territory your business activity will be occurring.

3. Provide the bank with your business and personal details, for further information refer to our new customer checklist

The Detail

Conditions and fees apply.

The information on our website is prepared without knowing your financial circumstances. Before deciding to acquire or hold a product, please read the Terms and Conditions.

Consider if the product is appropriate for you. The Terms and Conditions are important and we encourage you to review, save and print them. If you would like a paper copy ask at your local branch.

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