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ING DIRECT Savings Maximiser

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Apply for the ING DIRECT Savings Maximiser and receive a high interest rate of 3.00% p.a. when you link with an Orange Everyday account and deposit $1,000+ from an external account each month.

  • Maximum Rate: 3.00% p.a.
  • Standard Variable Rate: 1.50% p.a.
  • Bonus Rate: 1.50% p.a.
  • Monthly Account Fees: $0
  • Minimum Balance: $0
  • Minimum Deposit: $0

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Rates last updated April 28th, 2017
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Maximum Variable Rate p.a. Standard Variable Rate p.a. Bonus Interest p.a. Fees Min Bal / Min Deposit Interest Earned
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% 1.50% 1.50% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site 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 Go to site More
RaboDirect High Interest Savings Account
Introductory rate of 3.05% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.90% p.a. Available on balances below $250,000
3.05% 1.90% 1.15% $0 $0 / $1 Go to site More
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 Go to site 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 Go to site More
NAB Reward Saver
Ongoing, variable 2.55% p.a. each month you make no withdrawals and at least one deposit by the second last banking day of the month. Available on balances up to $5,000,000.
2.55% 0.50% 2.05% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site 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 Go to site More
Bank Australia mySaver Account
Ongoing, variable 2.60% p.a. when you deposit $10+ each month. Available on balances $10+ and to customers under the age of 25.
2.60% 0.15% 2.45% $0 $0 / $10 Go to site More
HSBC Serious Saver
Introductory rate of 2.50% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.60% p.a. Available on balances below $1,000,000.
2.50% 1.60% 0.90% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More
NAB iSaver
Introductory rate of 1.90% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.20% p.a. Available on balances below $1,000,000.
1.90% 1.20% 0.70% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More
ANZ Progress Saver
Ongoing, variable 1.81% p.a. when you link to any Australian everyday bank account and deposit $10+ each month. Available on the entire balance.
1.81% 0.01% 1.80% $0 $10 / $10 Go to site 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 Go to site 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 Go to site 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 Go to site More
ANZ Online Saver
Introductory rate of 2.55% p.a. for 3 months, reverting to 1.15% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
2.55% 1.15% 1.40% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site 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 Go to site 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 Go to site 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 Go to site 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 Go to site More
HSBC Flexi Saver Account
Ongoing, variable 2.00% p.a. when you link to any Australian bank account and deposit $300+ each month (other conditions apply). Available on balances up to $5,000,000.
2.00% 1.50% 0.50% $0 $0 / $0 Go to site More

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High interest savingsMaximum variable rate (p.a.)Standard variable rate (p.a.)
RaboDirect High Interest Savings Account3.05% 4 months1.90%
RAMS Saver Account3.00% Ongoing, deposit at least 2001.35%
UBank USaver1.81%  Ongoing, conditions apply1.81%
St.George Maxi Saver2.75% 3 months1.00%
ME Online Savings Account3.05% Ongoing, conditions apply1.30%
Citibank Online Saver2.85% 4 months1.70%
ANZ Online Saver2.55% 3 months1.15%

What’s the best account for my savings style?

Product typeSavings styleWhat’s the catch?
Introductory offerYou’re just beginning to save or want to "set and forget" your savingsYou only receive the bonus rate for the first couple of months (usually up to four)
Bonus saverYou regularly put money away or you’re saving towards a goal, like a house deposit or carYou need to make ongoing deposits and usually no withdrawals to get the bonus rate

View more savings account products in our Infographic - How to choose a savings account on finder.com.au

What's a savings account?

A savings account is an account maintained by a bank that pays an interest rate. The account lets you store your money in a secure location, while earning a return. Savings accounts usually don’t come with a debit card, since this feature is more common with everyday transaction accounts. They also don’t appear on your credit file and you can open as many as you want.

Interest rates on your savings account

The interest rate on your savings account usually moves in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cash rate. This can be both good and bad. When rates are higher, then you get more of a return on your investment, and vice versa. If the interest rates on all savings accounts are low, it usually means the RBA cash rate is low. The interest on your account is usually calculated daily and paid on a monthly basis. It also uses compound interest.

How does a savings account work?

Typically, an account holder will store their spare cash into a savings account. To encourage account holders to save, banks will award you an interest rate, which is essentially a return on your money. From the Australian Tax Office’s perspective, the interest you earn on your savings account is considered to be income. That means it will be taxed at the highest marginal rate unless you’re able to provide a Tax File Number. Then you’ll be taxed at the rate you’re supposed to be taxed.

It’s usually pretty easy to access your funds from a savings account. In most cases, you link it to an everyday account. You then transfer your money from your savings account to your bank account to access the funds. Your bank will specify whether you need to link your savings account with a bank account from the same bank.

If you would like to lock away your fund for a period of time, you may want to consider a term deposit instead.

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How do I get the bonus interest rate on my savings account?

To get the bonus interest rate on a savings account, you will need to understand the difference between a headline rate and base rate. For an introductory bonus savings account, the bonus interest rate is only awarded for the first couple of months (normally up to four) and you need to be a new customer.

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 usually doesn’t matter if you’re a new customer or not, but there may be restrictions on the amount of accounts you can have.

You will also need to be across the balance your bonus rate applies to. In most cases, any balance beyond $250,000 usually earns the standard variable rate. To learn more about these restrictions, select the range that best describes your total balance to compare these types of accounts.

How do I find a savings account for my situation?

Are youDescriptionFeatures
Youth and studentWhether you're studying, doing an apprenticeship or under 18, there are still a range of accounts available for you. Every dollar counts at this stage, so check if you're eligible for a low-cost student account.
Saving for a goalSetting a goal and developing a savings plan is easier than you think. There are a few ideas that can help, including taking advantage of a sweep facility or locking it away in a term deposit. Also, take note of the interest rate and understand the features you can use.
  • Sweep facility
  • Bonus interest awarded when deposit and withdrawal requirements are met
  • Automatic savings plan
Retired and seniorsWhether you love the convenience of Internet and phone banking, or prefer face-to-face banking in a branch – financial institutions offer a range of options.
Accounts for childrenMost parents want to help their kids manage their money responsibly and learning to save is an important skill for the future. Help your child's savings grow by choosing the right account.
  • Bonus interest awarded for saving
Moving to AustraliaWhether you've moved to Australia for work or study, Australian banks have a wide range of options for you. You'll need an everyday bank account for your everyday banking and most likely a savings account to store any surplus cash.

How do I compare savings accounts?

Look for high or competitive interest rates

You want practically no fees

  • Most banks nowadays don’t charge a monthly fee for maintaining a savings account. If you’re currently paying a monthly fee, then you need to assess whether the savings account is worth the free.

It should be easy to access your money

  • The level of accessibility to look for depends on your preferences and personal savings goals. While an on call savings account allows you almost instant access, term deposits and notice savers require that you plan ahead for when you are going to want to access your money.

You should be rewarded for constantly saving

  • If you find that your savings account balance is building up, but you're still getting a less-than-average rate; then it could be time to switch.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of a savings account?

Benefits

Drawbacks

  • In come cases you may not be able to access your savings immediately, which can be inconvenient when you need the funds for an emergency.

How to apply for a savings account online

The process involves filling in an online application, verifying 100 points of ID if you’re a new customer and depositing funds into the account to get your savings plan started.

Not an Australian resident? Don’t worry, you can still apply for a savings account if you’re an expat or intend to move to Australia permanently.

What documents do I need for my online application?

The following documents will be handy to have and could speed up your application process:

  • Your personal details. This includes your full name, address, phone number and email address.
  • Your Tax File Number. This ensures that you get taxed the correct rate when earning interest and not at the highest marginal rate.
  • Identification. A driver's licence, passport or birth certificate will do.

What are the rules around 100 point identity verification?

You may need to provide 100 points of identification in order to prove your identity when opening a bank account. While this ‘100-point check’ was once a legal requirement in Australia, this is no longer the case under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 2006.

However, many individual banks still require you to provide 100 points of ID before you can open an account. Items such as a passport or birth certificate are worth 70 points, while secondary documents such as driver’s licences are worth 40 points. If you already have an account with the same bank you will not have to satisfy the 100-point check.

Savings Account Offers

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ING DIRECT Savings Maximiser

Maximum Variable Rate

3.00

Standard Variable Rate

1.50
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
ANZ Progress Saver

Maximum Variable Rate

1.81

Standard Variable Rate

0.01

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4 Responses to Savings Account Finder® – Switch or compare savings accounts to reduce fees and earn up to 3.05% p.a.

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    Marjorie | August 31, 2016

    How do I find -if a lost bank a/c many years ago?

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      Clarizza | August 31, 2016

      Hi Marjorie,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Our guide on How to find unclaimed money might help. This page outlines a few options available to you in Australia.

      Hope that helps.

      Clarizza

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    Margaret | November 6, 2015

    Can I get a Day to Day interest account at Suncorp bank

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      Belinda | November 12, 2015

      Hi Margaret,

      Thanks for your enquiry.

      If you’re interested in applying for a high-interest savings account with Suncorp bank, you can compare their transaction, savings and term deposit accounts on this page.

      With a Suncorp savings account, interest is calculated daily and paid into your account each month, quarter or six months depending on which account you hold. If you’d like to find out more about how and when interest is calculated for a particular account, you can view their ‘Product Features at a Glance’ section of the Personal Deposit Account Product Information document on their website.

      Thanks,
      Belinda

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