Fee-free high interest savings accounts

Fee-free banking means every dollar you deposit gets you closer to your savings goal.

The last thing you want is your savings being eaten away by fees. This guide will explain how high interest savings account fees work, and what you need to know when choosing an account.

Compare high interest savings accounts with no monthly fees

Rates last updated December 17th, 2017
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Name Product Maximum Variable Rate p.a. Standard Variable Rate p.a. Bonus Interest p.a. Fees Min Bal / Min Deposit Interest Earned Product Description
Bankwest Hero Saver
2.60%
0.01%
2.59%
$0
$0 / $0
Ongoing, variable 2.60% p.a. rate when you deposit at least $200 each month and make no withdrawals. Available on balances up to $250,000.
HSBC Serious Saver
3.00%
1.60%
1.40%
$0
$0 / $0
Introductory rate of 3.00% p.a. for 4 months, reverting to a rate of 1.60% p.a. Available on balances below $1,000,000.
AMP Bett3r Save Account
3.00%
1.50%
1.50%
$0
$0 / $0
A unique three account bundle linking individual Pay, Spend and Save accounts.
ANZ Progress Saver
1.81%
0.01%
1.80%
$0
$10 / $10
Ongoing, variable 1.81% p.a. when you deposit $10+ each month and make no withdrawals. Available on the entire balance.
Westpac Life
2.30%
1.50%
0.80%
$0
$0 / $0
Earn up to 2.30% p.a. interest. No monthly account-keeping fee. Set savings goals and track your progress.
Bank Australia Bonus Saver Account
2.60%
0.15%
2.45%
$0
$0 / $1
Ongoing, variable 2.60% p.a. when you deposit at least $100 and make no withdrawals. Available on the entire balance.
Bank Australia mySaver Account
2.60%
0.15%
2.45%
$0
$0 / $10
Ongoing, variable 2.60% p.a. when you deposit $10+ each month and make no withdrawals. Available on balances $10+ and to customers under the age of 25.
Westpac eSaver
2.51%
0.80%
1.71%
$0
$0 / $0
Introductory rate of 2.51% p.a. for 5 months, reverting to a rate of 0.80% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
ANZ Online Saver
2.55%
0.50%
2.05%
$0
$0 / $0
Introductory rate of 2.55% p.a. for 3 months, reverting to 0.50% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
St.George Maxi Saver
2.70%
0.80%
1.90%
$0
$1 / $1
Introductory rate of 2.70% p.a. for 3 months, reverting to a rate of 0.80% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
Bank of Melbourne Incentive Saver
2.00%
0.80%
1.20%
$0
$1 / $1
Ongoing, variable 2.00% p.a. when you make at least one deposit and no withdrawals each month. Available on the entire balance.
Bank Australia Online Saver Account
1.65%
1.65%
0.00%
$0
$150,000 / $5,000
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.
BankSA Maxi Saver
2.70%
0.80%
1.90%
$0
$1 / $1
Introductory rate of 2.70% p.a. for 3 months, reverting to a rate of 0.80% p.a. Available on the entire balance.
BankSA Incentive Saver Account
2.00%
0.80%
1.20%
$0
$0 / $0
Ongoing, variable 2.00% p.a. when you make at least one deposit each month and no withdrawals. Available on the entire balance.
Bank of Melbourne Maxi Saver
2.70%
0.80%
1.90%
$0
$0 / $0
Introductory rate of 2.70% p.a. for 3 months, reverting to 0.80% p.a. Available on the entire balance.

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What is a high interest savings account?

High interest savings accounts are designed to help you save through the power of compound interest, which allows you to earn interest on top of your interest. They typically offer a higher interest rate than other accounts, but there are usually conditions attached to receive a competitive rate. You can learn more about the benefits of high interest savings accounts in our comprehensive guide here.

Why am I only charged low or no account-keeping fees on my high-interest savings account?

The whole idea of a high interest savings account is that it puts your money to work, which is why most of them have no monthly account-keeping fees. If your money is being eaten away by monthly fees, it’s hardly helping you save. Also, because you typically cannot make transactions directly from your savings account, you won’t be charged any transaction, EFTPOS or ATM fees either. However, it’s important to note that the majority of high interest savings accounts will need to be linked to an everyday transaction account, which often does come with monthly fees.

What fees do I need to look out for?

While your savings account may not have any fees, your linked transaction account could. When you’re comparing between high interest savings accounts, check the linked everyday transaction account for the following fees:

  • Account-keeping fees. These can be as high as $6 a month, so it’s worth taking the time to check. Some accounts will waive the monthly fee if you meet certain eligibility requirements, for example depositing a certain amount of money into the account each month. Make sure you can realistically meet the conditions to avoid paying a hefty fee.
  • Local ATM fees. Check what ATMs, if any, you can use to withdraw money for free. If you withdraw money a lot, you’ll want to choose an account with a large ATM network. There are even some banks that charge no ATM fees for all ATMs in Australia, such as ING and Macquarie Bank.
  • Overseas ATM fees. If you travel a lot, check what the fee is for using an international ATM. Some banks, for example Westpac, have large global ATM networks across the globe.
  • International transaction fees. This is the fee charged when a currency conversion is required, for example when using your Australian debit card in Europe. Charges could be as high as 5% of the transaction amount. If you’re often overseas, look for a linked transaction account that charges low or no international transaction fees.

What are some other ways to compare high-interest savings accounts?

In addition to the fees charged on the linked transaction account, you should also consider the following when comparing high interest savings accounts:

  • Interest rates: Look for a high interest savings account with a competitive interest rate, as this will help you save by accumulating more interest.
  • Bonus rate conditions. These accounts offer a variable base rate and a variable bonus rate. You’ll earn the bonus rate of interest when you meet certain deposit requirements, so check what they are to make sure you can meet them.
  • Account access. Does the provider have a mobile banking app allowing you to access your funds anywhere at anytime? What is the branch network like? These are important considerations when choosing an account.
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HSBC Serious Saver

Maximum Variable Rate

3.00

Standard Variable Rate

1.60
Bankwest Hero Saver

Maximum Variable Rate

2.60

Standard Variable Rate

0.01
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Maximum Variable Rate

2.60

Standard Variable Rate

0.15
ANZ Online Saver

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2.55

Standard Variable Rate

0.50

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    TraceyNovember 30, 2017

    Hello,
    Thanks for the above info
    Does the Westpac Life account have the high interest even if there are withdrawls during the month and is it an ongoing rate?

    • Staff
      MayNovember 30, 2017Staff

      Hi Tracey,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      If you are pertaining to the bonus interest rate of 0.80% p.a. that makes the maximum variable rate to 2.3%, yes, you can still earn that maximum variable rate with Westpac Life account even if you make withdrawals. All you need to do to get the bonus rate is make a deposit to the account, see to it that the account balance is higher at the end than the beginning of the month, and keep the account balance above $0.

      The offer for the bonus rate is still on going as of this writing and may change any time at Westpac’s discretion.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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