Which banks are passing on the RBA rate cut?
Will you save on your home loan? We've rounded up every bank that has announced changes.
The RBA cut against experts’ expectations today when it trimmed the official cash rate to 1.75%. The move brings Australia’s official cash rate to a record low.
Within moments of the announcement, NAB announced it would reduce its variable rate for home loans by 0.25%, becoming the first bank to pass on the cut. Bank of Queensland, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank and ANZ have since followed suit. We've rounded up the changes in the table at the end of this post.
We'll be updating this list as additional banks get on board, so keep checking back. Meanwhile, learn about how much money the banks make by not immediately introducing the cuts.
The cut brought NAB’s new standard variable rate from 5.60% to 5.35%, and will be effective from 16 May. NAB group executive of personal banking Gavin Slater said the bank took more into account in its decision than the surprise move by the RBA.
“The circumstances of each decision will always vary and we must take into account factors such as competition, regulatory capital requirements and funding costs. Today’s decision balances the needs of our home loan customers with our shareholders,” Slater said.
Bank of Queensland followed soon after, announcing it would also cut interest rates by 0.25% from 18 May. The move comes less than a month after the bank raised rates by 0.12% for owner-occupiers and 0.25% for investors.
Commonwealth Bank confirmed in a tweet that it would be cutting its standard variable home late rate by 0.25%, dropping it to 5.35% from 20 May. Westpac is cutting its rates by 0.25%, dropping its variable rate for owner occupiers to 5.43% (comparison rate 5.75%) from 23 May.
ANZ also confirmed via a tweet that it is cutting its rate, but only by 0.19%, not the full 0.25%. Its standard variable rate is now 5.37%. The change at ANZ takes effect 13 May, which is the earliest cut we've seen so far.
In announcing its decision to cut rates, the Reserve Bank board cited recent sluggish inflation figures.
“Inflation has been quite low for some time and recent data were unexpectedly low. While the quarterly data contain some temporary factors, these results, together with ongoing very subdued growth in labour costs and very low cost pressures elsewhere in the world, point to a lower outlook for inflation than previously forecast,” RBA governor Glenn Stevens said.
Stevens said lower lending rates as a result of the cut were unlikely to spark unsustainable housing growth.
“In reaching today's decision, the Board took careful note of developments in the housing market, where indications are that the effects of supervisory measures are strengthening lending standards and that price pressures have tended to abate. At present, the potential risks of lower interest rates in this area are less than they were a year ago.”
|Lender (Announced changes)||Rate cut||Effective date||Days after announcement|
|Adelaide Bank||-0.17%||30 May 2016#||27|
|AMP||-0.20%||23 May 2016#||20|
|ANZ||-0.19%||13 May 2016||10|
|Aussie Home Loans||-0.19%*||25 May 2016||22|
|Australian Military Bank||-0.25%||27 June 2016#||24|
|AusWide Bank||-0.20%||25 May 2016||22|
|B & E Personal Banking||-0.20%||17 May 2016||14|
|Bank Australia||-0.10%||13 May 2016||10|
|Bank of Melbourne||-0.25%||23 May 2016||20|
|Bank of Queensland||-0.25%||18 May 2016||15|
|Bank of Sydney||-0.27%||27 May 2016||24|
|bankSA||-0.25%||23 May 2016||20|
|BankVic||-0.25%||16 May 2015||13|
|Bankwest||-0.20%||20 May 2016||17|
|Beyond Bank||-0.10%||20 May 2016||17|
|Bendigo Bank||-0.20%||30 May 2016#||27|
|Big Sky||-0.25%||31 May 2016#||28|
|Citibank||-0.21%||23 May 2016||20|
|Commonwealth Bank||-0.25%||20 May 2016||17|
|Credit Union SA||-0/10%||17 May 2016||14|
|CUA||-0.25%||19 May 2016||16|
|First Option CU||-0.25%||9 May 2016||6|
|Firstmac||-0.25%||23 May 2016#||20|
|G&C Mutual||-0.12%||6 May 2016||3|
|Greater Bank||-0.25%||16 May 2016#||13|
|Heritage Bank||-0.20%||23 May 2016||20|
|Homestar Finance||-0.25%||5 May 2016||2|
|Horizon Credit Union||-0.20%||1 June 2016#||29|
|HSBC||-0.25%||23 May 2016#||20|
|Hume Bank||-0.15%||25 May 2016||22|
|Hunter United Credit Union||-0.25%||1 June 2016#||29|
|IMB||-0.20%||25 May 2016||22|
|ING DIRECT||-0.25%||20 May 2016||17|
|loans.com.au||-0.25%||23 May 2016||20|
|ME Bank||-0.05%||16 May 2015||13|
|Mortgage House||-0.25%||6 May 2016||3|
|MyState Financial||-0.23%||17 May 2016||14|
|NAB||-0.25%||16 May 2016||13|
|Newcastle Permanent Building Society||-0.25%||19 May 2016||16|
|People's Choice Credit Union||-0.21%||17 May 2016||14|
|Pepper||-0.25%***||23 May 2016||20|
|QLD Police Credit Union||-0.25%||23 May 2016||20|
|Qudos Bank (formerly Qantas Credit Union)||-0.25%||19 May 2016||16|
|Queenslanders Credit Union||-0.15%||24 May 2016#||21|
|RAMS||-0.25%||23 May 2016||20|
|SCU||-0.20%||17 May 2016||14|
|St.George Bank||-0.25%||23 May 2016||20|
|State Custodians||-0.25%**||30 May 2016||27|
|Suncorp||-0.20%||25 May 2016||22|
|Teacher's Mutual Bank||-0.25%||12 May 2016||9|
|The Mutual||-0.25%||6 June 2016||34|
|The Rock Building Society||-0.23%||17 May 2016||14|
|UBank||-0.25%||16 May 2016||13|
|Westpac||-0.25%||23 May 2016||20|
|Yellow Brick Road||-0.25%||25 May 2016#||22|
|Your Credit Union||-0.25%||1 June 2016||29|
The above effective dates are for rates relating to new borrowers only unless otherwise indicated.
#These effective dates are applicable for new and existing customers as per the lenders announcement.
*Aussie Home Loans is dropping its Aussie Select Variable Home Loan by 0.19%, while its Optimiser Principal and Interest Variable rates will be cut by 0.25% for owner occupiers and 0.20% for investors.
** For variable investment loans, State Custodians will only be passing on its full rate cut to loans settled after 1 March 2016.
*** This are for new customers. Rates for existing customers remain unchanged.