Which Australian bank has the highest savings interest rate?
The 5 highest savings interest rates we found are:
- Rabobank High Interest Savings account offers 5.75% for the first 4 months only.
- ME Bank HomeME savings account offers 5.55% when you deposit $2,000 and grow your balance each month.
- MOVE Bank Growth Saver offers 5.7% when you grow your balance by $200+ per month and make no withdrawals.
- ING Savings Maximser offers 5.5% when you link to an ING Orange Everyday account, deposit $1,000, make 5+ card purchases, and grow your balance each month.
- BoQ Future Saver offers 5.4% for customers aged 14-35 when you deposit $1,000 into your linked Bank of Queensland Everyday Account and make 5 transactions each month.
What's the latest with savings accounts in December 2023?
The Reserve Bank of Australia increased the official cash rate again on 7 November 2023. The cash rate is now 4.35%.
Because of this decision many banks will likely increase their savings account rates later in the month.
As of December 2023 many savings accounts are now offering over 5.00% p.a. - some are even offering over 5.50% p.a.
We recently saw ME Bank launch its new digital savings account (HomeME) to the market with a bonus rate of 5.55% - the highest in the market.
Updated by Richard Whitten.
What to look for when comparing savings accounts
A high interest rate
When selecting your savings account, the interest rate is key. A higher rate means greater growth potential for your balance.
Conditions you can meet
Check what conditions you need to meet to earn the bonus or introductory rate and make sure you can easily meet them.
Most banks don't charge a monthly fee for a savings account. If you're looking at a savings account that does charge a monthly account fee, know that this is not the norm and most accounts have no fees.
Easy access to your money
Some savings accounts allow you to withdraw money a few times each month, while some require you make no withdrawals at all. If you need regular access to your savings, pick a savings account that has no limits to withdrawals.
Some banks require you to link your savings account with an everyday account in the same bank to qualify for their interest rate or bonus rate. If you do need to get a bank account with the same bank, make sure the bank account doesn't charge high fees.
Some savings accounts will require you to deposit just $20 each month in order to earn bonus interest, while others will require much higher monthly deposits (some up to $2000 a month). Choose one that fits in with your ability to save.
Compare CommBank, Westpac, ANZ and NAB savings accounts
The big 4 banks have been increasing their monthly savings rates along with the RBA cash rate increases. CommBank, Westpac, ANZ and NAB do not have the highest rates in the market, however, do offer easy to meet conditions. Check out the savings rates for the big 4 below.
|Total interest rate p.a.|
|Commonwealth Bank NetBank Saver||5.1%|
|ANZ Progress Saver||4.25%|
If you're after higher rates than what the big 4 banks are offering, then use our comparison table.
How do savings account interest rates work?
Savings rates explained
- Standard variable rate: This is the base interest rate that you'll earn each month, whether you meet the conditions or not.
- Bonus variable rate: This is the additional interest you'll earn on top of the standard rate when you meet the account conditions (such as meeting a monthly deposit amount).
- Total or maximum variable rate: This is the standard rate plus the bonus rate, and is the total interest rate you'll earn when all the conditions are met.
- Introductory rate: Some savings accounts offer a special, higher introductory rate for the first few months after you open the account. This is an incentive to open the account, but after the introductory period ends the rate will drop to a standard variable rate that's usually much lower.
How do I get the bonus interest rate on my savings account?
For a Bonus Saver account, the bonus interest is usually awarded when you're able to deposit a certain amount per month and make no withdrawals. It doesn't matter if you're a new customer or not, but there may be restrictions on the number of accounts you can have.
There's a difference between a headline rate and base rate. For an Introductory Bonus account, the bonus interest rate is only awarded for the first couple of months (normally up to 4) and you need to be a new customer.
You will also need to be within the balance your bonus rate applies to. In most cases, any balance beyond $250,000 usually earns the standard variable rate.
Benefits of savings accounts
- Savings accounts are a safe investment and are covered under the Government Guarantee.
- They're a great tool to help you save and budget.
- Savings accounts are liquid, meaning you can easily access the cash.
- You earn a higher interest rate than your everyday transaction account.
- You can use a savings account to help you save up for your house deposit.
Drawbacks of savings accounts
- You are usually required to deposit a set amount each month and make no or minimal withdrawals to receive the high bonus interest rate.
- Savings accounts do not come with a debit card so you're unable to access your cash as easily as transaction accounts.
- Interest rates for some savings accounts are quite low - you need to shop around for the best rates.
Other ways to earn interest on your money
You can also earn an interest rate above 4.0% p.a. with a term deposit.
Terms between 3 months and 5 years
$1000 minimum deposit
0.10% p.a. loyalty bonus when you roll over your term deposit
$0 Account keeping fee
Interest paid on maturity
Up to $5,000,000 can be invested
Take the guesswork out of your earning potential with our free calculators
What type of savings account is right for you?
The type of savings account you choose will depend on the type of saver you are and what you're trying to achieve.
I'm a regular saver: If you can regularly save money each month a bonus saver account with an ongoing bonus rate might be best for you.
I'm just looking for the highest rate: Check out high interest savings accounts (and remember to check the account conditions)
I'm a business owner: There are dedicated business savings accounts for you.
I'm looking for a set-and-forget account with no conditions: Perhaps a term deposit could suit you better, as these don't have any ongoing conditions to meet and are locked until the term expires.
How do I open a savings account?
- Compare savings accounts until you find one that meets your needs.
- Apply online. You'll need to provide ID with proof of your residential address, such as your passport and/or drivers license.
- Transfer money into your new account for it to become officially activated.
- Done! Start earning interest and putting your savings to work.
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