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History of Savings Account Interest Rates

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

With savings available at-call, a savings account could be a suitable option if you need flexibility. 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
RaboDirect 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

See current savings account rates below.

Rates last updated February 20th, 2017
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$
months
Maximum Variable Rate p.a. Standard Variable Rate p.a. Bonus Interest p.a. Fees Min Bal / Min Deposit Interest Earned
ME Online Savings Account
Ongoing, variable 3.05% p.a. rate when you link to a ME Everyday Transaction account and make a weekly purchase with your Debit MasterCard using tap & go. Available on balances up to $250,000.
3.05% 1.30% 1.75% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
Bankwest Hero Saver
Ongoing, variable 2.65% p.a. rate when you deposit at least $200 each month and make no withdrawals. Available on balances up to $250,000.
2.65% 0.01% 2.64% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
AMP Saver Account
Introductory rate of 2.55% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 2.10% p.a. Available on balances below $5,000,000.
2.55% 2.10% 0.45% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
ING DIRECT Savings Maximiser
Ongoing, variable 3.00% p.a. when you link to an ING Orange Everyday bank account and deposit $1,000+ each month. Available on balances up to $100,000.
3.00% 1.60% 1.40% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
Bank Australia Bonus Saver Account
Ongoing, variable 2.60% p.a. when you deposit at least $100 and make no withdrawals. Available on the entire balance.
2.60% 0.15% 2.45% $0 $0 / $1 Open More
Bank Australia mySaver Account
Ongoing, variable 2.60% p.a. when you deposit $10+ each month. Available on the entire balance and to customers under the age of 25.
2.60% 0.15% 2.45% $0 $0 / $10 Open More
ANZ Progress Saver
Ongoing, variable 1.91% p.a. when you link to any Australian everyday bank account and deposit $10+ each month. Available on the entire balance.
1.91% 0.01% 1.90% $0 $10 / $10 Open More
Bank Australia Online Saver Account
Ongoing, variable rate up to 1.65% p.a. when you link to a Bank Australia Everyday Access or Pension Access or a mortgage offset account. Available on balances more than $5,000.
1.65% 1.65% 0.00% $0 $150,000 / $5,000 Open More
Westpac eSaver
Introductory rate of 2.51% p.a. for 5 months, reverting to a rate of 1.05% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
2.51% 1.05% 1.46% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
ING DIRECT Savings Accelerator
Ongoing, variable 2.35% p.a. applies on balances $150,000 and over.
2.35% 2.35% 0.00% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
BankSA Maxi Saver
Introductory rate of 2.75% p.a. for 3 months, reverting to a rate of 1.00% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
2.75% 1.00% 1.75% $0 $1 / $1 Open More
ANZ Online Saver
Introductory rate of 2.65% p.a. for 3 months, reverting to 1.25% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
2.65% 1.25% 1.40% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
Bank of Melbourne Maxi Saver
Introductory rate of 2.75% p.a. for 3 months, reverting to 1.00% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
2.75% 1.00% 1.75% $0 $1 / $1 Open More
BankSA Incentive Saver Account
Ongoing, variable 1.75% p.a. when you make at least one deposit each month and no withdrawals. Available on the entire balance.
1.75% 0.01% 1.74% $0 $0 / $0 Open More
Bank of Melbourne Incentive Saver
Ongoing, variable 1.75% p.a. when you make at least one deposit and no withdrawals each month. Available on the entire balance.
1.75% 0.01% 1.74% $0 $1 / $1 Open More
Westpac Reward Saver
Ongoing, variable 1.75% p.a. when you deposit at least $50 and make no withdrawals each month. Available on the entire balance.
1.75% 0.01% 1.74% $0 $0 / $0 Open More

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Previous rates

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

Shirley Liu

Shirley is finder.com.au's publisher for banking and investments. She has completed a Masters in Commerce (Finance) and is the author of hundreds of articles. She is passionate about helping Aussies make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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ING DIRECT Savings Maximiser

Maximum Variable Rate

3.00

Standard Variable Rate

1.60
ME Online Savings Account

Maximum Variable Rate

3.05

Standard Variable Rate

1.30
Bankwest Hero Saver

Maximum Variable Rate

2.65

Standard Variable Rate

0.01
AMP Saver Account

Maximum Variable Rate

2.55

Standard Variable Rate

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