Historical savings account interest rates

See how official interest rates and the standard variable savings account rates offered by Australian banks have moved since 2012.

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Looking at historical savings account rates can help you make an informed decision when choosing a bank in terms of it's movement alongside the cash rate.

When comparing savings accounts there are usually two types of rates you should look at: the bonus (or honeymoon) variable rate and the standard variable rate. The standard variable rate reflects the true value of the account as this is what's given when you don't meet the conditions to receive the bonus rate. The bonus rate typically has a few conditions attached, such as deposit/withdrawals requirements or is only an introductory offer, so it expires after a few months.

The relationship between the official cash rate and interest rates on savings accounts and term deposits is positive, which means that a higher cash rate usually translates to a higher interest rate on savings accounts. For more information on this relationship, see this page.

See historical savings account rates below.

ProductStandard rate Jan 2012Standard rate Jul 2012Standard rate Jan 2013Standard rate Jul 2013Standard rate Jan 2014Standard rate Jul 2014Standard rate Jan 2015Standard rate Jul 2015
Official cash rate4.253.503.002.752.502.502.502.00
ANZ Online SaverNo data availableNo data available3.002.752.502.502.502.00
Commonwealth Bank NetBank SaverNo data available3.503.002.502.502.502.501.85
Westpac eSaverNo data available3.503.002.752.502.502.501.75
NAB iSaverNo data available3.503.002.752.502.502.502.00
Rabobank High Interest Savings AccountNo data available4.304.003.503.253.203.152.55
ME Bank Online Savings Account4.253.503.503.152.902.902.752.25
RAMS Saver accountNo data availableNo data available4.213.462.812.812.612.20

Previous rate averages

See how the online savings account or bonus savings account you're considering performs compared to previous average market rates.

Bonus Savings AccountsJanuaryJulyOnline Savings AccountsJanuaryJuly
20084.905.5020086.657.30
20093.202.1520094.403.20
20102.954.3520103.954.50
20114.755.3020114.754.75
20125.055.0020124.353.60
20134.504.2520133.052.75
20143.953.8020142.502.50
20153.402.7520152.451.90
20162.652.3020161.801.55

See current savings account rates below.

Name Product Maximum Variable Rate p.a. Standard Variable Rate p.a. Intro Period Government Guarantee
AMP Saver Account - 1.35% from 1 Feb 2022
1.35%
0.1%
Ongoing
Westpac Life (18-29 year olds only)
2.5%
0.15%
Ongoing
Virgin Money Boost Saver (25+ year olds)
1.2%
0.1%
Ongoing
Virgin Money Boost Saver (18-24 year olds)
1.2%
0.1%
Ongoing
Citibank Online Saver
1.1%
0.35%
4 months
Virgin Money Grow Saver
0.65%
0.1%
Ongoing
Westpac Life
0.25%
0.15%
Ongoing
MyState Bank Bonus Saver Account
1.1%
0.05%
Ongoing
Great Southern Bank Home Saver Account
0.95%
0.05%
Ongoing
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