RBA Cash Rate

Your destination for RBA news, expert forecasts and more

hold

1.50%

Cash rate hold

at 1.50% on Tuesday 3 July 2018

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) sets the official cash rate target on the first Tuesday of every month except January. Below are expert forecasts from the finder.com.au Reserve Bank Survey™ of some of Australia's brightest minds in economics and property. You can also learn more about the RBA and how its decisions influence the interest rates banks charge, and learn about the best strategies for home owners and investors when there's a rate cut, hold or rise decision.

100% of the experts in our survey correctly predicted that the cash rate would hold. Enter our poll and let us know what you think will happen next month.

100%of our resident rate experts

correctly predicted the rate to hold at 1.50% on Tuesday 3 July 2018 View forecasts →

Next meeting: 2:30pm 7th August 2018


By signing up, you agree to the finder.com.au privacy policy.

Our resident rate experts

+ Open all commentary

Find out what each of our experts predicts for next month and their detailed forecast explanations

June

No change

July

No change

There is no strong case to move either way just now. Signs that mining investment may bottoming, strengthening non-mining investment, surging infrastructure spending and rising export volumes all argue against a rate cut but peaking housing investment, uncertainty around consumer spending, continuing weak wages growth and inflation, falling Sydney and Melbourne property prices, tightening bank lending standards and global uncertainty around trade all argue against a hike. So its best for the RBA to remain on hold - for the 23rd month in a row.

June

No change

July

No change

There remains no clear case for change, particularly given clearly weakening Sydney and Melbourne housing markets, continuing mixed local economic data and concerns over the global economy and rising trade barriers.

June

No change

July

No change

Property flat - US $ stronger - why move?

June

No change

July

No change

Waiting re data on wages and the consumer. Need lower unemployment rate. Inflation no pressure yet.

June

No change

July

No change

June

No change

July

No change

The RBA will not have changed its overall view of the outlook for the Australian economy sufficiently to warrant either raising or lowering the cash rate. Economic growth (Q1 GDP) was a bit stronger than the RBA had been anticipating at the last meeting - and is arguably now back to its 'trend' pace. But the RBA's commentary on prospects for wages growth seems to have become a bit more pessimistic.

MIchaelYardneyHeadshot100px
June

No change

July

No change

The RBA will hold interest rates steady because the re has been no change to the economic outlook since last month. In fact rates are unlikely to rise until wages rise and that seems quite some way off.

Alex Joiner
June

No change

July

No change

Despite good headline economic growth data the RBA clearly requires better wages growth to underpin what is still a weak inflationary pulse, consumer spending and household balance sheets.

June

No change

July

No change

There are still very few signs that inflation is going to rise back to the middle of the RBA's 2-3% target. And more recently, the RBA is becoming more concerned about the hit to the economy from the global trade dispute and domestic Royal Commission.

AlisonBoothANU
June

No change

July

No change

Fundamentals don't yet warrant any change.

TimMoore
June

N/A

July

No change

Until we see a strong trend in unemployment dropping toward the magic 5% level, we will continue to see low level inflation and low wage growth, therefore the RBA remaining on the sidelines. Whilst the RBA have clearly communicated their next move to be up, they have also caveated this with comment that they do not see this anytime soon.

Brian Parker
June

N/A

July

No change

Growth is improving, but not fast enough to deliver the much needed improvement in labour force under-utilisation and wages growth.

PeterGilmore
June

No change

July

No change

Key economic fundamentals are still short of the levels the RBA traditionally needs to trigger a rise.

June

No change

July

No change

There are no inflationary pressures, while house prices are now undergoing an orderly and much needed downward adjustment.

June

No change

July

No change

The RBA has indicated they are in no rush to change policy.

June

No change

July

No change

No change on the horizon from the RBA, the next move will be up buit a long way away.

June

No change

July

No change

Businesses are confident but consumers aren't. Until this turns around, I think it is unlikely we will see an interest rate rise.

June

No change

July

No change

No grounds for monetary intervention in the short term.

Malcolm Wood
June

No change

July

No change

Inflation at low-end of band; housing market rolling over; consumption uncertainties.

Leanne Pilkington
June

No change

July

No change

The hold pattern remains appropriate in the current climate. Global economic forces, the widening wage gap between older and younger working Australians, and outcomes of the banking Royal Commission might all impact the RBA’s outlook in the near term, but for now it’s important that interest rates remain steady.

Clement Allan Tisdell

Clement Allan Tisdell

+ Read Clement's full forecast

June

No change

July

No change

No significant change in Australia's economic situation.

June

N/A

July

No change

June

No change

July

No change

RBA has signalled that it will hold for the next few meetings, unless a significant shock hits the economy.

June

No change

July

No change

Philip Lowe has made it quite clear that the Bank will not be raising rates while annual wage growth languishes around 2%. He also has made it clear that there is no chance of a rate cut while household debt and house price remain elevated. The RBA can't cut and they can't hike.

June

No change

July

No change

Ongoing strong conditions in the business sector and the high level of public infrastructure spending will support economic activity and employment growth. However, there is ongoing spare capacity in the labour market and wage growth and inflation is expected to remain low.

Jordan Eliseo
June

No change

July

No change

The RBA's view on monetary policy is clearly changing, with a more dovish tone at the very least pushing back the timeframe for rate hikes, if not already opening the door to an eventual rate cut, which is still our base case in the coming months. Growth figures and employment levels are still reasonable though, so they'll continue to take a "wait and see" approach for now.

June

No change

July

No change

We're not likely to see a movement for a long time, and the direct of that movement will depend on international markets so it's too early to tell which way it will go.

Christine Williams
June

No change

July

No change

As much as the housing market has seemed to retract slightly there has been no major impact on the buying pool within the $500-$850k range. This range suits most first home buyers. Our unemployment rate has reduced slightly with the national rate around 6%. Whilst we are at this rate i doubt interest rates will move.

June

N/A

July

No change

It has told the market it will be on hold until it has more economic information.

Peter Haller
June

No change

July

No change

There is no justification for a rate change at the present time.

June

No change

July

No change

No change in underlying data from previous month.


What do you think the RBA will do with the cash rate in August 2018?

Hold0%
Cut 0%
Raise0%



How the cash rate can impact your finances

See how the cash rate changes can affect your savings, term deposits, home loans and what you can do about it.

If the rate rises

Find an account which offers the same features and fees but with a better rate.

If the rate gets cut

Consider comparing a competitive term deposit rate so your interest earnings don't suffer.

If the rate holds

Carry out a quick comparison to make sure you're getting the best return on your money, see what promotions banks are offering.

If the rate rises

Ask your lender for a rate discount so that if rates do rise you won't be worse off, or alternatively, compare other variable or even fixed rate home loans to find a better deal.

If the rate gets cut

See how your lender responds to the cut. If they don't pass on the full rate cut, ask for a rate discount, and if you're still not happy start comparing what other deals are in the market. Some lenders have been known to pass on more than the official rate cut after an RBA announcement!

If the rate holds

Compare other variable rate home loans to make sure you're still getting the best deal. If rates are tipped to rise in the near future you may also want to compare fixed rates.

If the rate rises

Your rate won't rise as you locked it in, so you can relax a little. If your fixed rate is soon to end, start comparing what deals are being offered so you don't find yourself scrambling to lock in another rate.

If the rate gets cut

If you feel your home loan is no longer competitive, you might want to obtain a quote from your lender to find out possible exit costs. If this figure is reasonable, you might want to consider comparing variable home loans. Use our switching costs calculator to see if you'd save.

If the rate holds

Because your rate is fixed for an agreed period of time, a decision by the RBA to hold won't have as much of an effect on you depending on how long you still have to go in your fixed term. As mentioned above, you might still want to monitor the other deals in the market to keep informed.

If the rate rises

If rates rise, savings accounts rates could be increased as well. If this happens, you might want to compare the rates of high interest savings accounts. Remember that most term deposits have interest penalties if you withdraw your funds early, so keep this in mind.

If the rate gets cut

Your rate won't change because it's locked in, but if you're nearing the end of your term start comparing both high interest savings accounts and term deposits to find a good deal.

If the rate holds

Compare accounts and ensure you're aware of what's being offered in the market.

History of the Reserve Bank of Australia official Cash Rate

The graph above shows the movement in the official cash rate target. A lower cash rate reduces the cost of borrowing money so more people are encouraged to borrow - stimulating the economy. Higher interest rates tend to encourage spending. This is how a rise or fall in rates affects the level of supply and demand and therefore the level of inflation - which the RBA wants to keep in the target range of 2%-3%.

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

46 Responses

  1. Default Gravatar
    octoJune 18, 2018

    how long can AUD interest rate remain Low…..?

    how soon will the AUD follow the US FED Rate Hike…….?

    thank you

    • finder Customer Care
      NikkiJune 20, 2018Staff

      Hi Octo!

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      To know more information on your questions, you can fill in your email address in the box provided and you’ll be updated on RBA’s decisions on the official cash rate target.

      While we provide you with general information, please know that we don’t stand as a representation for RBA or any company featured on our site.

      Hope that clarifies!

      Cheers,
      Nikki

  2. Default Gravatar
    TaneeshaMay 24, 2018

    Do you think the cash rate will stay the same at the June RBA meeting?

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaMay 24, 2018Staff

      Hi Taneesha,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well for you. :)

      Unfortunately, we are not in the best place to make a prediction. However, you might get an idea whether the RBA cash rate will rise or fall by looking at the factors that affect it. These factors may include:

      – Household debt
      – Inflation
      – Wage growth
      – Consumer Confidence Index
      – Unemployment

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

  3. Default Gravatar
    BrookMay 5, 2018

    What do you think that how the international economic condition influence the cash rate?

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniMay 6, 2018Staff

      Hi Brook,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      This is nice question. Domestic financial conditions remain expansionary. There has been some tightening in short-term
      money markets, which has flowed through to a small increase in funding costs for a range of financial institutions and businesses. However, borrowing rates remain low for households and businesses. Growth in housing credit has eased since mid last year, particularly for credit extended to investors, while growth in business debt has remained moderate. The Australian dollar remains within its narrow range of the past two years. Financial market prices suggest that the cash rate is expected to remain unchanged this year and to increase around mid 2019. If you are eager to learn more about the domestic financial condition according to RBA, please check out this link.

      I hope this helps.

      Have a great day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

  4. Default Gravatar
    RobJune 11, 2017

    What do you think will be the next move for RBA on cash rate and when?

    Thank you!

    • Default Gravatar
      JonathanJune 11, 2017

      Hi Rob!

      Thanks for the comment.

      As of the moment, most of resident rate experts predict that rates will be the same. The cash rate target is released on the first Tuesday of every month except January.

      You can follow the updated forecast right here.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

    • Default Gravatar
      RobJune 11, 2017

      Thanks Jonathan, I meant in the longer term, 6-12 months.

    • Default Gravatar
      JonathanJune 11, 2017

      Hi Rob!

      We appreciate your follow-up.

      Currently, there are multiple factors that need to be considered and due to the volatility of these factors, it is a bit hard to conclude whether they’ll leave the rates unchanged for the next few months or not.

      If you have further inquiries, you may contact:

      Media and Communications
      Secretary’s Department
      Reserve Bank of Australia
      SYDNEY
      Phone: +61 2 9551 9720
      Fax: +61 2 9551 8033
      Email: rbainfo@rba.gov.au

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

  5. Default Gravatar
    JulieSeptember 1, 2016

    When do you think the RBA will start raising rates?

    • finder Customer Care
      JodieSeptember 7, 2016Staff

      Hi Julie,

      Thank you for contacting finder.com.au we are a financial comparison website and general information service.

      It is hard to predict the movement of the cash rate as it is based on a multitude of factors that are continually changing however 7 out of the 38 experts we surveyed in our latest RBA survey for September 2016 said they predict it will start going up in July 2017 or beyond.

      Regards
      Jodie

  6. Default Gravatar
    EricFebruary 25, 2016

    Hi Belinda

    Appreciate if you would also send me informations regarding findings of monthly RBA survey.

    Regards
    Eric

    • finder Customer Care
      BelindaFebruary 26, 2016Staff

      Hi Eric,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      On this page, you can view the RBA Cash Rate Target Announcements for each month from February 2015 until February 2016. You can also view the commentary of our resident rate experts in the lead up to each Board meeting which occurs on the first Tuesday of every month (except January).

      Please feel free to sign up to receive our detailed RBA cash rate updates by completing the form provided above.

      Regards,
      Belinda

  7. Default Gravatar
    SyedDecember 8, 2015

    Hi,
    My new house is ready now and wondering what is the best time to sell, should I put my house in the market now or January or wait for the February. I am not committed any where so I can wait.

    Your advise needed.

    Thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      BelindaDecember 9, 2015Staff

      Hi Syed,

      Thanks for your enquiry.

      As finder.com.au is an online comparison service so we are not licensed to give you personal advice regarding the best time to sell your property.

      You can read our guide here about considerations when selling your house.

      All the best,
      Belinda

  8. Default Gravatar
    loooooolAugust 16, 2015

    hello.
    i wonder if i could receive some information regarding not only the latest current economic situation, but also cash rate movements over the year.

    • finder Customer Care
      BelindaAugust 17, 2015Staff

      Hi Dongho,

      Thanks for your enquiry.

      Above on this page you can view the ‘Reserve Bank monthly announcements’ to read about the cash rate movements and monetary policy decisions that have occurred over the course of this year. You can also sign up to receive our RBA cash rate updates by filling in the form provided above.

      In regards to the current economic situation, finder.com.au is an online comparative website and we can’t comment on the activity of the broader Australian economy.

      Thanks,
      Belinda

  9. Default Gravatar
    OliJuly 17, 2015

    Can you please send through the information on the RBA via email?
    I’m doing a school Economic assignment on the RBA and financial markets

    • finder Customer Care
      BelindaJuly 17, 2015Staff

      Hi Oli,

      Thanks for your enquiry.

      I’ve emailed you with some information regarding the findings from our monthly RBA survey.

      Please note that on this page you can sign up to receive our RBA cash rate updates.

      Thanks,
      Belinda

  10. Default Gravatar
    yazminJuly 7, 2015

    Hi,

    I was just wondering if I could have information regarding how interests rates will unfold over the next year. In particular, if the current interest rates will be appropriate for the economic conditions in Australia.

    Thank you
    Yazmin

    • finder Customer Care
      BelindaJuly 8, 2015Staff

      Hi Yazmin,

      Thanks for your enquiry.

      Firstly, I’d like to point out that finder.com.au is an online comparison and general information service so we’re not in a position to forecast interest rates.

      However, on this page you can sign up to receive our RBA cash rate updates which you might find useful.

      Thanks,
      Belinda

Ask a question
Go to site