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Interest rates in Australia

Currently the average Australian variable mortgage rate in Finder's database is 3.93%. Compare current interest rate averages with our lowest rates to see how much you could save.

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Interest rates in Australia change all the time. Currently mortgage rates have never been lower after multiple RBA decisions to lower the official cash rate.

In the table below you can compare the current average Australian interest rates for fixed and variable mortgages according to Finder's database. We also list the lowest rate offer currently available through Finder. Together, this data should give you a good snapshot of what Australian interest rates currently look like.

If you just want to see the cheapest loans, check out our lowest home loan rates page.

Average Australian interest rates versus the lowest rates*

Australian interest rates April 2021Data
Average variable mortgage interest rate3.93%
Lowest variable rate available on Finder2.14%
Average 3-year fixed mortgage interest rate2.93%
Lowest 3-year fixed rate available on Finder1.75%
Average interest rate of a Finder app user3.30%

*Rates are averages taken from all comparable loans in Finder's database, which covers a large portion of the Australian mortgage market, and from users of the Finder app. Lowest rates listed above are based on products from lenders with whom Finder has a commercial partnership.

Current Australian interest rates

While there are some rates on the market that may be lower, Finder lets you compare a range of competitive rates from lenders large and small. And if you can't find what you're looking for or just need more help, you can also speak to a mortgage broker.

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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp. Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Max LVR Monthly Payment
Westpac Flexi First Option Home Loan
2.29%
2.72%
$0
$8 monthly ($96 p.a.)
95%
$577.55
Up to $3,000 refinance cashback.
A flexible and competitive variable rate loan. Eligible borrowers refinancing $250,000 or more can get $2,000 cashback per property plus a bonus $1,000 for their first application. Other conditions apply.
St.George Fixed Rate Advantage Package
1.84%
3.38%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
$543.64
Up to $4,000 refinance cashback
Borrowers with 20% deposits or equity can get this competitive fixed rate loan. Refinancers borrowing $250,000 or more can get up to $4,000 cashback (Other terms, conditions and exclusions apply).
UBank UHomeLoan Fixed
1.75%
2.22%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
$537
This very low fixed rate is only available until 29 April 2021. Other conditions apply. A competitive fixed rate loan with no ongoing fees. Requires a 20% deposit
HSBC Fixed Rate Home Loan Package
1.88%
2.86%
$0
$390 p.a.
80%
$546.6
$3,288 refinance cashback offer
Lock in a low fixed rate for 2 years and buy your home with a 20% deposit. Eligible refinancers borrowing $250,000 or more can get a $3,288 cashback. Terms and conditions apply.
Suncorp Home Package Plus Fixed
1.89%
2.85%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
$547.35
Lock in a low fixed rate loan for two years and get the annual package fee waived in the first year. Available for borrowers with 20% deposits.
Athena Variable Home  Loan
2.19%
2.19%
$0
$0 p.a.
60%
$569.91
Owner occupiers with 40% deposits or equity can get this competitive variable rate loan. No upfront or ongoing fees.
AMP Bank Professional Package Fixed Loan
1.99%
3.1%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
$554.81
Get a low fixed rate package with no application or settlement fee. Available with a 20% deposit. Other fees and charges apply.
loans.com.au Smart Booster Discount Variable Home Loan
1.99%
2.47%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
$554.81
Home buyers can get a very low discounted variable rate for the first year. This loan has a revert rate of 2.48%. Requires a 20% deposit. Add an offset account for an additional 0.10% on your interest rate.
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More information about Australian interest rates

There are two graphs below. The first one tracks the average monthly rates according to an analysis of Finder's database. The second graph shows the lowest rate on the market each month. It's a helpful way to just how much you can save by comparing interest rates.

Check out more detailed mortgage data on our home loans statistics page

Borrowers can save a lot of money with a below average interest rate

Home loan rates are very low right now. This is because the Reserve Bank has made multiple cuts to the official cash rate, bringing it down to a historic low. This has driven down lenders' funding costs, which they pass on to new borrowers in the form of lower rates.

But borrowers who already have a home loan are probably missing out. Many lenders offer very low rates for new customers while keeping their loyal, existing customers on older, higher rates.

You can ask your lender to put you on a more competitive rate. And if that doesn't work then compare and refinance your home loan to get a better deal.

How much difference does a higher or lower interest rate make?

When you borrow money to finance the purchase of a home, banks don't just hand the funds out for free. Not only will you have to pay back the money you borrow, but you'll also have to repay the interest that accumulates on that principal amount.

When comparing home loans, checking out the current average home loan interest rate on this page gives you a quick and easy way to compare rates for different mortgages on the market at any given time.

Even a slight variation in interest rates can make thousands of dollars of difference over the life of a home loan. For example, let’s consider a $500,000 home loan with principal and interest repayments and a loan term of 30 years. The table below shows the overall cost of this loan with an interest rate of 2.75% p.a. and 3.00% p.a.

Loan ALoan B
Interest rate3.00% p.a.2.75% p.a.
Loan amount$500,000$500,000
Monthly repayment amount$2,108.02$2,041.21
Total cost of loan$758,887.26$734,834.13
Total interest paid$258,887.26$234,834.13

As you can see, the 0.25% p.a. lower interest rate of Loan B results in a saving of more than $24,000 across the 30-year loan term. That clearly demonstrates just how important it is to get a competitive interest rate. Use our home loan repayment calculator to see how a higher or lower interest rate could affect your mortgage repayments.

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    AllanMay 31, 2019

    Hi, I have a mortgage of $90,000 remaining could I change to another bank with this amount. I have a variable interest rate and receive a discount of 1.12% my rate being 4.15%. I would like to transfer to a bank with a more competitive rate.
    Thank you.

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      NikkiJune 1, 2019

      Hi Allan,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Yes, you can change your mortgage to get better rates by doing a refinance home loan. On the page you’ll find:

      • a table that lists out the brands offering refinancing
      • benefits of refinancing
      • steps on refinancing
      • average costs
      • other refinancing FAQs

      You can use our comparison table to help you find the lender that suits you.

      You can also speak to a mortgage broker. They are the best person to reach out to see your options for refinancing. They can give you a multitude of options according to your situation. In the meantime, to give you an estimate of your monthly repayments, you may use our home loan calculator.

      Hope this helps!

      Best,
      Nikki