RBA cash rate

The cash rate is Australia's official interest rate and is determined by the Reserve Bank of Australia in a board meeting every month (excluding January). This rate is the rate charged on loans between financial institutions (like banks), and it has a significant impact on the price of financial products.

In Australia, a high RBA cash rate has historically resulted in high interest rates on home loans, car loans, personal loans, savings accounts, term deposits and so on. Likewise, a low cash rate results in low interest rates on these products, which is good for borrowers but not for savers.

As things stand, Australia's current cash rate is 0.25%, which is a historic low. The infographic below displays the recent history of Australia's cash rate, which you can also find on the RBA's website.

Current home loan interest rates

Home loan rates are closely tied to the cash rate - the lower the cash rate, the lower home loan rates will go as lenders fight and scrape to offer the most competitive rates on the market. The infographic below displays how the following home loan rates have changed since the Reserve Bank started recording home loan rates in 2015.

Other home loan products:

Getting a low home loan interest rate is extremely important. Homes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, which is likely to be the biggest expense of your life by far. Even a cheap home loan will still rack up interest costs of over a hundred thousand dollars over the life of the loan, so it's imperative you don't just pick the first home loan you see. For a variable owner-occupied home loan (P&I), there are home loan rates available below 2.50% p.a, while at the other end of the scale you can get a home loan in excess of 5.00% p.a.

If you don't want to get stuck with a high-rate home loan, check out a collection of some of the lowest-rated home loans on the market in our table below.

Provider
Ad rate
p.a.
Comp rate*
p.a.
Monthly
repayment
 
Fixed 2 Years 70% LVR
2.19% 2.56% $1,517 Go to site
2.59% 2.55% $1,599 Go to site
Budget Home Loan OO P&I
2.68% 2.74% $1,618 Go to site

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. If products listed have an LVR <80%, they will be clearly identified in the product name along with the specific LVR. The product and rate must be clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Introductory rate products were not considered for selection. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term. Rates correct as at 03 August 2020. View disclaimer.

Current savings account interest rates

Savings accounts are typically separate to your everyday bank account, aka a transaction account. When you open a bank account you should have both - the transaction account to make payments with, and the savings account to earn interest.

The interest rate on your savings account can help you earn a little bit extra on the money you've earned. Say you deposit $10,000 worth of savings in an account that pays 2.00% p.a: after one year you'd have earned a little bit more than $200 (thanks to the magic of compound interest).

Savings account interest rates are at historic lows at the moment thanks to the also historically low cash rate. The highest the average customer can get is barely 2.00% p.a as at May 2020, while the average savings account from the big four banks, based on a deposit of $10,000 is just 1.30% p.a. The rate of inflation at the moment is 2.20%, so at that rate, you'd actually be losing money long-term.

Types of savings accounts:

To find a good savings account interest rate, check out our table below that shows some of the highest non-introductory interest rates available.

Provider
Total interest
rate p.a.
Base interest
rate p.a.
Bonus interest
rate p.a.
 
Fast Track Saver
1.65% 0.20% 1.45% Go to site
1.75% 0.25% 1.50% More details
1.75% 0.15% 1.60% More details
1.70% 0.25% 1.45% More details

*Data accurate as at 01 August 2020. Rates based on a savings balance of $10,000. Introductory bonus interest rate products not included. Sorted by total interest rates. Refer to providers' websites for bonus rate conditions.

Current term deposit interest rates

Term deposits are a similar beast to savings accounts except the money is typically locked away for the duration of the term, whereas funds in a savings account should be able to be withdrawn at any time. Also, the interest rate on a term deposit is fixed for the whole term (like a fixed-rate home loan), while a savings account's interest rate could be raised or cut several times a year (like a variable-rate home loan). Term deposits are offering similar interest rates to savings accounts at the moment as they too are closely linked to the cash rate. The average deposit rate from the big four banks is currently just 0.90% p.a.

Looking across the broader market, the average rate for term deposits across the market is just over 1.10% p.a. The average rates for the different term deposit terms can be seen in the infographic below, with longer terms generally attracting higher interest rates.

Different deposit terms:

There are term deposit rates on the market that are much higher than these averages though, and you should endeavour to find one. The table below displays some of the highest term deppsit rates available for a one-year term.

Provider
Advertised
interest rate
Interest
frequency
 
Term Deposit
0.70% End of term Go to site
1.41% Annually,
end of term
More details
1.30% End of term More details
1.25% End of term More details
1.25% End of term More details

*Rates correct as at 01 August 2020. Rates based on a $50,000 deposit for 6 months.

Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2019. They are (in descending order): Credit Union Australia, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2019) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au and loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

Loading data please wait...

{{returnData.productName}}

Overview

Current Rate

{{returnData.currentRate | percentage:2}}

Comparison Rate*

{{returnData.comparisonRate | percentage:2}}

Rate Type

{{returnData.rateType}}

Advertised Rate

{{returnData.advertisedInterestRate}}

Comparison Rate*

{{returnData.comparisonRate}}

Monthly Repayment

{{returnData.monthlyRepayment}}

Interest Type

{{returnData.interestType}}

Total Interest Rate

{{returnData.totalInterestRate | percentage:2}}

Base Interest Rate

{{returnData.baseInterestRate | percentage:2}}

Bonus Interest Rate

{{returnData.bonusInterestRate | percentage:2}}

Total Interest Rate

{{returnData.totalInterestRate | percentage:2}}

Introductory Rate

{{returnData.introductoryRate | percentage:2}}

Introductory Term

{{returnData.introductoryTerm}}

Base Interest Rate

{{returnData.baseInterestRate | percentage:2}}

Term

{{returnData.term}}

Advertised Interest Rate

{{returnData.advertisedInterestRate | percentage:2}}

Interest Frequency

{{returnData.interestFrequency}}


Fees and Features

Ongoing Annualised Fee

{{returnData.annualFee}}

Upfront Fee

{{returnData.upfrontFee}}

Offset Account

Redraw

Principal & Interest

Interest Only

N/A{{returnData.interestOnly}}

Max loan to value ratio (LVR)

{{returnData.maxLVR | percentage:0}}

Lump sum repayments

N/A

Additional repayments

Maximum Loan Term

{{returnData.maximumLoanTerm}}

Upfront Fee

${{returnData.upfrontFee}}

Ongoing Monthly Fee

{{returnData.ongoingFees}}

Early Repayment Fee Applies

N/A

Vehicle Types

{{returnData.vehicleType}}

Maximum Vehicle Age

{{returnData.maximumVehicleAge}}

Pre Approval Available

N/A

Online Application

N/A

Account Keeping Fee

{{returnData.accountKeepingFee}}

Minimum Monthly Deposit

{{returnData.minMonthlyDeposit}}

Linked Account Required

N/A

Interest Calculated

{{returnData.interestCalculated}}

Interest Paid

{{returnData.interestPaid}}

Online Application

N/A

ATM

N/A

EFTPOS

N/A

Account Keeping Fee

{{returnData.accountKeepingFee}}

Minimum Monthly Deposit

{{returnData.minMonthlyDeposit}}

Linked Account Required

N/A

Interest Calculated

{{returnData.interestCalculated}}

Interest Paid

{{returnData.interestPaid}}

Online Application

N/A

ATM

N/A

EFTPOS

N/A

Minimum Deposit

{{returnData.minDeposit | currency : '$' : 0}}

Upfront Fees

{{returnData.upfrontFee | currency : '$' : 0}}

Annual Fees

{{returnData.annualFee | currency : '$' : 0}}

Notice Period to Withdraw

{{returnData.noticePeriodToWithdraw}}

Online Application

N/A

Automatic Rollover

N/A

Maturity Alert

N/A