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Best savings accounts in April 2024

To help you find the best high interest savings accounts in Australia, we have narrowed down a selection of over 100 accounts to present the top 3 savings accounts based on the highest interest rates, age criteria, and account conditions.

Best intro rate
Rabobank High Interest Savings Account
5.75
max rate (p.a.)
Standard variable rate: 4.40%
5.75% p.a. maximum variable rate for 4 months on your entire balance up to $250,000 (4.4% p.a. thereafter). No deposit or withdrawal conditions.
Best Big 4 Bank Savings Account
Westpac Life (18-29 year olds only)
5.20
max rate (p.a.)
Standard variable rate: 2.00%
If you’re between 18-29, you can earn a 5.2% p.a. each month you grow your balance and make 5+ eligible debit card purchases. Up to a balance of $30,000
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Best Overall Savings Account
ING Savings Maximiser
5.50
max rate (p.a.)
Standard variable rate: 0.55%
Ongoing 5.5% p.a. maximum variable rate on entire balance up to $100,000. Must deposit $1,000 into a personal account, make 5 eligible transactions and grow your balance each month.

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Name Maximum Variable Rate p.a. Standard Variable Rate p.a. Intro Period Government Guarantee Monthly Max Rate Conditions
Bank of Queensland Future Saver Account - 14 to 35 years
Finder Award
Maximum Variable Rate p.a.
5.50%
Standard Variable Rate p.a.
0.05%
Intro Period
Ongoing
Government Guarantee
Monthly Max Rate Conditions
  • Deposit $1,000
  • 5 eligible transactions
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Macquarie Savings Account
Maximum Variable Rate p.a.
5.35%
Standard Variable Rate p.a.
4.75%
Intro Period
4 months
Government Guarantee
Monthly Max Rate Conditions
  • N/A
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Bendigo Bank Reward Saver
Maximum Variable Rate p.a.
5.25%
Standard Variable Rate p.a.
0.30%
Intro Period
Ongoing
Government Guarantee
Monthly Max Rate Conditions
  • Grow your balance
  • Requires Bendigo transaction account
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ING Savings Maximiser
Finder Award
Maximum Variable Rate p.a.
5.50%
Standard Variable Rate p.a.
0.55%
Intro Period
Ongoing
Government Guarantee
Monthly Max Rate Conditions
  • Deposit $1,000
  • 5 transactions
  • Grow your balance
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ING Savings Accelerator ($150,000 - $500,000)
Maximum Variable Rate p.a.
5.20%
Standard Variable Rate p.a.
4.70%
Intro Period
4 months
Government Guarantee
Monthly Max Rate Conditions
  • Welcome rate applies up to $500K
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Australian Unity Freedom Saver ($50,000 - $250,000)
Maximum Variable Rate p.a.
5.10%
Standard Variable Rate p.a.
5.10%
Intro Period
Ongoing
Government Guarantee
Monthly Max Rate Conditions
  • N/A
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Rabobank High Interest Savings Account
Maximum Variable Rate p.a.
5.75%
Standard Variable Rate p.a.
4.40%
Intro Period
4 months
Government Guarantee
Monthly Max Rate Conditions
  • N/A
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Newcastle Permanent Online Savings Account
Maximum Variable Rate p.a.
5.00%
Standard Variable Rate p.a.
1.00%
Intro Period
3 months
Government Guarantee
Monthly Max Rate Conditions
  • N/A
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Bank of Queensland Simple Saver Account
Maximum Variable Rate p.a.
4.85%
Standard Variable Rate p.a.
4.85%
Intro Period
Ongoing
Government Guarantee
Monthly Max Rate Conditions
  • N/A
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Ubank High Interest Save Account
Maximum Variable Rate p.a.
5.10%
Standard Variable Rate p.a.
0.10%
Intro Period
Ongoing
Government Guarantee
Monthly Max Rate Conditions
  • Deposit $200
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St.George Maxi Saver
Maximum Variable Rate p.a.
5.35%
Standard Variable Rate p.a.
1.10%
Intro Period
3 months
Government Guarantee
Monthly Max Rate Conditions
  • N/A
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Max Variable Rate includes 0.35% p.a. for 3 months for new customers who apply online
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Methodology: How we choose our top picks

Every month we look at the 140+ savings accounts in our database to determine which are the best offers for a range of different purposes and account types. Specifically, here's how we determine each of our top pick recommendations:

What to look for when you compare savings accounts

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High interest rate

The higher the interest rate, the more interest you'll earn and the more your balance will grow. This is the most important feature to consider when choosing your account.

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No fees

Savings accounts shouldn't charge you any fees. If you're getting charged a fee, know that this is not common and there are plenty of fee-free accounts.

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Conditions you can meet

Savings accounts typically have monthly deposit requirements or spend conditions in order to earn the high bonus rate. Make sure you can meet these.

How to find the best savings account

The best savings account for you will depend on your age, financial situation, savings goals and spending habits. Here are a few different hypothetical examples of how you might pick a savings account based on your personal savings style.

You earn a regular income and are able to meet a monthly deposit condition

The best savings account for you will likely be one with the following:

  • An ongoing bonus interest rate: Because you earn a regular income and are confident in your ability to save, a savings account with an ongoing, high bonus rate would offer the best rate for you.
  • A monthly deposit condition: Usually the accounts with the best bonus rates have a monthly deposit condition, often $1000 per month, which is ideal for people with good savings habits and a regular income.

You have a short-term savings goal

Let's say you want to give your savings a boost for 3-5 months only to help you save for an overseas holiday or another large purchase. Because you're saving for a specific goal in the near future, you aren't planning to keep your cash in the account for too long and you don’t want to have to meet any ongoing monthly conditions.

The best savings account for you will likely be one with the following:

  • An introductory bonus interest rate: Accounts with an introductory bonus rate offer a higher rate for the first 3-5 months only, with no conditions to meet.
  • A term deposit: A term deposit allows you to lock your money away for a set period of time and earn a fixed return, with no monthly conditions to meet.

You can't commit to a monthly deposit condition

Let's say you don't earn a regular income, or you're currently not in a position to meet a monthly deposit condition. Plus, perhaps you're also prone to dipping into your savings from time to time for impulse purchases or unexpected expenses.

The best savings account for you will likely be one with the following:

  • An ongoing bonus interest rate: An account with an ongoing bonus interest rate will give your balance the best chance at growing (just make sure you check the conditions!)
  • No (or low) monthly deposit condition: Look for a bonus saver account that doesn't have a monthly deposit condition. Or, look for one that you can comfortably meet (some accounts only ask you to deposit $20 per month).

Why keep your cash in a savings account?

  • Savings accounts are safe - your deposit up to $250k is protected by the Australian government
  • Savings accounts offer compound interest, so you can earn interest on your interest
  • The money in your savings account is quick and easy to access if you ever need it
  • Interest rates on savings accounts are going up!

The role of a savings account

People often ask why keep cash in a savings account when shares can offer better long-term returns historically. There are several answers: a savings account offers certainty, security, and acts as a financial safety net. Unlike volatile shares, you won't lose money, and you can quickly access your cash when needed.


How does a savings account work?

Usually savings accounts are connected to transaction accounts and instead of the money sitting in your bank account, you can transfer it to your savings account and it'll earn interest (if you meet the account conditions, of course). The special thing about savings account interest is it's compound interest, meaning you'll earn interest on your interest.

Is it best to stick with the Big Four or go with a smaller bank?

Wondering which bank is best to open up your savings account with? Chances are you may be thinking of joining the Big Four. We've put together this pros and cons list of the Big Four VS smaller banks to help you make a decision easier.

ProsCons
Big Four
  • May offer better customer service as they operate 24/7
  • Easy access to ATM's (and no-fee withdrawals) due to large distribution
  • Can easily manage other loans through the same network
  • Better funding to these banks mean more advanced banking technology
  • Comprehensive range of products offered
  • Able to operate in person and online
  • Depersonalised customer experience due to large customer base – can get "lost in the noise"
  • Interest rates may not be as competitive
Smaller Banks
  • May offer more competitive interest rates
  • May offer more personalised customer service
  • Some banks may offer advanced banking technologies like app banking
  • You may be able to negotiate waiving fees on a case-by-case basis
  • Not likely to have in-person support – may be online only
  • Limited access to ATM's due to low distribution

How do I open an Australian savings account?

In most cases you can apply and open the savings account online, as long as you're able to provide documentation that confirms your identity and residency. If you're a new customer to the bank, you'll need to verify your identity for legal reasons. For the online savings and bonus saver accounts, some banks will allow an Australian as young as 12 years old to have an account opened in their name.

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    AllanMay 15, 2023

    I am 40+ years of age and have a Saver a/c and my other a/cs with a Big 4 bank. The Saver a/c interest rate is less than 2%. Please suggest the best alternative Saver a/c which does not require opening additional a/cs with that bank, nor has minimum transaction requirements.

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      SarahMay 16, 2023Finder

      Hi Allan,

      We’re not licenced to provide personalised advice, but we are able to share a number of options with you to review. There are dozens of high interest accounts listed in this table. A return of 2% is very low at the moment, so it’s worth checking the conditions of each of the accounts in this table to see which ones best match your requirements.

      Best of luuck!

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    FrankMarch 18, 2023

    Hi Alison,
    if I have an account with 2 banks of the NAB Group (e.g. Ubank and citibank) do I have separate government guarantee of 250 T$ for both banks or only once for both banks together?
    Thanks very much!
    Frank

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      AlisonMarch 20, 2023Finder

      Hi Frank,
      The scheme applies per person, per ADI. So in this case, because Citi and Ubank operate under the same ADI (NAB’s ADI), only your first $250,000 is covered under this scheme.
      Thanks,
      Alison

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    vasNovember 30, 2022

    what are the best investment options for kids below 1yr?

    thank you

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      AlisonDecember 10, 2022Finder

      Hi Vas,

      You can see our guide on children’s savings accounts here which may be of interest.

      For other investment options, we suggest you speak with a financial adviser who can offer you personal advice based on your situation.

      Thanks,
      Alison

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    MichaelNovember 3, 2022

    Hi Alison
    I am interested in placing funds into the MyStateBank but the reviews on that bank are appalling. What is your experience or knowledge of this bank’s customer service reputation?
    Many thanks
    Michael

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      AlisonNovember 11, 2022Finder

      Hi Michael,

      I haven’t used this bank personally so I’m unable to comment on its customer service, and we don’t have any customer reviews of the bank yet, unfortunately.

      Thanks,
      Alison

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    GiuseppeJuly 20, 2022

    Looking to park an amount of over $250000 in an interest bearing account without locking into a fixed term. The funds belong to a SMSF. Can you advise the institutions that accept funds from s super fund and where the best interest rates will come from

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      AlisonSeptember 6, 2022Finder

      Hi Giuseppe,

      You can view a range of SMSF bank accounts that pay interest here.

      Thanks,
      Alison

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