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Compare Savings Accounts in Australia

Savings accounts provide a convenient place for people to keep their money stored away safely, while also growing the balance over time through interest. With rates at record lows right now, finding the highest rate for your savings could take a bit of research, but it's super important. At Mozo we compare more than 200 savings accounts from 60 banks to help you find the right home for your money. Use our comparison tool below to find a savings account to suit your needs.

Savings account comparisons on Mozo - last updated 7 December 2021

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  • Boost Saver with Go Account
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.20% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)
    0.10% p.a.(for $0 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate of 1.20%. Deposit $2,000 each month and make 5 eligible payments from your Go Account. If you are between 18 and 25 deposit $1,000.

    Enjoy a savings account bundled with a spending account. No monthly fees. New customers can earn up to 5000 bonus Virgin Money points on purchases (conditions apply). Benefit together with a joint account

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  • High Interest Savings Account
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.35% p.a. (for $0 to $250,001)
    0.25% p.a.(for $0 to $250,001)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening

    Kick start your savings with the 4 month introductory variable rate. No fees, no minimum balance, no minimum monthly deposit and no minimum term.

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  • Mozo Expert Choice Badge
    Bonus Saver Account
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.10% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)
    0.05% p.a.(for $0 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate when at least $20 is deposited each month and five Visa Debit transactions are made each month using linked Glide transaction account.

    Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2021 in the Regular Saver category. No monthly account fees and no minimum balance requirements.

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  • Grow Saver
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    0.65% p.a. (for $0 and over)
    0.10% p.a.(for $0 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Make at least 1 deposit and no more than 1 withdrawal, including internal transfers or external payments.

    Earn a maximum interest rate of 0.65% per year. Pay no monthly fees. Set up in-app savings goals. Benefit with joint account options.

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  • Online Saver
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.10% p.a. (for $0 to $500,000)
    0.35% p.a.(for $0 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening

    No account keeping fees. No minimum balance required. Unlimited phone and internet transactions.

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December market update for savings account rates

Updated by: Olivia Gee, 1 December 2021

The last year has been a dreary affair for many Australians trying to bulk up their savings stash, with savings account interest rates spiralling slowly downwards throughout 2021. While rate changes remained relatively minor throughout the month of November, it's clear the reduction trend has continued, with dozens of rate cuts recorded in the Mozo database compared to only two increases.

Despite this, good things still come to those who take the time to research and compare their options. There are still savings accounts offering ongoing savings rates which far outstrip the average in Mozo's database. Finding one with conditions that suit your savings and spending habits could make a significant difference in your interest earnings over time, so be sure to scour our tables for ideal offers.

Best savings account rates in December:

Here are the current rate leaders in the Mozo database for the three main types of savings accounts: those with an ongoing bonus rate, an introductory rate and a base rate. 

  • Ongoing Bonus: 1.35% with the ING Savings Maximiser. In order to get the maximum rate, savers will need to meet a number of monthly requirements. This includes a minimum deposit of $1,000, at least 5 debit card transactions and monthly account balance growth.

Choosing the right savings account

Saving money is hard enough so you want to make sure you're earning a decent interest rate and avoiding unnecessary fees. This is where we come in. Mozo can help you make the most out of your hard-earned money by finding the right savings account match for your needs.

But finding an account that's right for you depends on different factors such as whether you have a short or long term savings goal, if you can make minimum monthly deposits to the account, and if you would consider bundling your savings account and bank account together to access a higher interest rate.

We can help you weigh up all these factors as well as analyse the latest savings interest rates and fees across all financial institutions in Mozo's database. Whether you're looking for online saver accounts, kids accounts or a high interest savings account to maximise your savings, our nifty comparison tools let you compare accounts conveniently according to price as well as features.

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You can also read savings account reviews from real customers around Australia to get the inside story on everything from convenience to customer service.

This page is all about personal saving. If you are after information on business saving, head over to our business banking section.

Popular savings account options

To help you understand the different types of accounts available, and their key differences, here is a list of popular savings accounts:

Online saver accounts: In a world that's moving from gadget to gadget, online saver accounts are ideal for technology-savvy savers. Online banking cuts out the hassle of visiting a branch and lets you access your account on the go. Lower bank overheads also mean higher interest rates for you and lower fees (in fact most online savings accounts have no account fees).

Most banks also have customised banking apps that let you access your account on your smartphone. In fact, some financial providers also allow you to use their banking app on your smartwatch so you can check your balance with a flick of the wrist.

Bonus saver accounts: These accounts offer a bonus interest rate if you fulfil certain criteria such as meeting monthly deposit or withdrawal requirements. Some of the hottest savings rates around are only available if you bundle your bank account and savings account together with the same provider.

While these conditions can seem limiting, they can also reinforce your savings habit. Knowing that you'll lose that top interest rate if you access your money is a great incentive to keep your savings on track.

Intro rate saver: As an incentive for switching accounts banks often offer bonus introductory rates for a period of 3 to 6 months from opening an account with them. Intro rates are usually quite high, but once the introductory period ends the interest goes back to the standard variable rate for the account. These accounts are ideal for people who are looking at a short term saving goal or are happy to switch banks every couple of months to get the highest rates in the market.

Long term savings account: If you are planning to save money over a sustained period of time, and don't want to switch accounts frequently, you should go for an account that offers the highest standard rate of interest.

Kids savings accounts: Introduce your children to the idea of banking and saving money with a kids savings account. These accounts usually don't have account fees and offer a competitive interest rate but often have conditions like limited or no withdrawals to get the highest rate.

Features to look for in a savings account

While it may seem obvious that an account offering the highest interest rate would be the more ideal option, it might not always be that simple. Here are other important features that you should keep in mind while comparing the different savings accounts available:

  • No account fee: When your aim is to save, you don't want to spend unnecessary money on banking fees. Look for a savings account with no account fees. Most online accounts are fee-free but some accounts that offer branch access may still charge a fee for over the counter transactions.
  • Frequency of withdrawals: The whole point of a savings account is to save money so if you want to earn the highest rate of interest often there are limitations to the number of withdrawals you can make each month. If you think you will need to access money from your account on a regular basis, pick an account with a high standard interest rate to allow for frequent withdrawals. Also, it's a good idea to make sure you have access to Internet banking so you can deposit money online to make things faster and simpler.
  • Monthly deposit requirements: Many savings accounts require you to maintain a minimum monthly balance or deposit a certain amount every month to get the highest rate of interest available. If you are unable to do so the bank will lower your interest rate, or pay no interest for that month. So, it's a good idea to work out how much you can save each month and then look for a bank that offers bonus rates for fulfilling these criteria, then set up an automatic deposit into the account.
  • Introductory savings interest rates: Intro rates are ideal if you are saving for the short term because they offer a high interest rate for about 3 to 6 months. But if you have a long term saving goal and you don't want to switch accounts regularly, you should check what the rate would be once this period expires.
  • Linked accounts: With most online savings accounts you'll need to have a linked transaction account so that you can transfer money to and from the savings account. Sometimes this account needs to be with the same bank (and sometimes you can link to any bank account). If the account requires a same bank transaction account be sure to check for fees and features of this account as well as the savings account to ensure you will not end up paying extra fees.
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What to look for when picking a savings account.

  1. Are there any fees?

    The aim of the game is to save money, so you should try to avoid picking an account that charges fees.

  2. Are there any conditions?

    High interest savings accounts often come with certain requirements, such as:

    • Withdrawal limits
    • Minimum deposits
    • Minimum card transactions

    If you can meet the conditions, that's great. But if you’re likely to fall short, it’s best to find another account.

  3. What about introductory rates?

    Intro rates typically last for 3 to 6 months, and can be helpful if you’re looking to boost your savings in the short term.

    But once that intro period ends, the rate you’re left with might not be too impressive.

    If that’s the case, you might want to consider switching to another account.

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More FAQs about savings accounts

What is the key difference between savings accounts & term deposits?

A lot of people find themselves divided between investing their money in a savings account or a term deposit. Here are some key factors to consider if you are making a choice between the two:

Interest rates: With a term deposit your interest rate will be fixed for the term of your investment. Term deposits are available for 3 months to 5 years and traditionally offer better interest rates the longer the term. With a savings account, your money is at call (which means you can withdraw it at any time) and your interest rate is a variable rate which means that it can change at any time. Generally, savings accounts have higher introductory interest rates so these are a good option if you are planning on saving your money for a shorter duration of time (3 or 6 months).

Withdrawals: Term deposits have less flexibility as your interest rate and money are locked away for the fixed term. In the situation where you did have to make a withdrawal, there would be penalties for breaking the TD before the set date. In a savings account, you have the option to withdraw money at any time. The downside is that you may not get the high interest rate for the month that you make more than the allowed number of withdrawals.

Bonus rates: With a savings account, you also have the option to earn higher bonus rates on monthly deposits, which is not possible with term deposits. But because savings accounts have variable interest rates, in case the Reserve Bank slashes the cash rate, your rate of interest can also drop.

What are Mozo's tips for developing good saving habits?

We've covered off how to choose the right savings account for you, but to really make sure you're getting maximum value out of your money, it's also important to adopt good savings habits. Here are a few money-savvy tips from team Mozo to keep in mind:

Have a goal: Plan out a savings goal for yourself and think about setting up an automatic deduction from your bank account each month to go towards your savings. This automatic transfer can also help you maintain any requirements for minimum balance or monthly deposits. If you need help in figuring out how much you can save and how long it will take you, try Mozo's savings calculator. It will instantly show you what your balance will be and how long it will take to achieve your savings goal.

Draft a monthly budget: A key practice to achieve your goal is to plan a monthly household budget and then stick to it. Be realistic about your expenditure and share your strategy with your family and friends so they can encourage you to follow it through. You can use our budget calculator to understand where most of your money goes and where you can try to save.

Pay yourself first: One of the best tactics for growing your savings pile is to automate your savings. Set up a direct deposit into your account each payday. Just like taxes that get taken out before you get to spend if you automate your savings you won't even miss the money from your account.

Review your rates every 6 months. Today's top savings account could become tomorrow's dud deal, so get into the habit of reviewing your account's interest rate against the market every 6 months, and switch if you're not getting the best deal.

Have a plan for your kids: It's never too early to get your kids into saving. Open a kids savings account which offers high interest and has no fees, then get your children involved in banking their pocket money into the account each week.

How do you calculate interest on a savings account? 

First things first, consider the different factors that could impact how much interest you earn on your savings account. These include:

  • the interest rate offered by your bank
  • your interest payment schedule
  • your savings balance
  • deposits
  • the length of time you keep the account active.

In order to earn more interest on your savings, make sure you’re getting a high interest rate (but be mindful there may be conditions like minimum deposit and withdrawal restrictions). 

For some help crunching the numbers, check out Mozo’s Savings Calculator and find out exactly how much you will make in interest with your savings plan. 

Can you have a joint savings account? 

Yes, joint savings accounts can be opened for both long and short time periods. A joint savings account may be a convenient way for two people, say a married couple, to pool their finances and only face one set of banking fees rather than two. Combining savings can also mean that your balance is higher, meaning you make more in interest and can also make it easier to fulfil minimum requirements, like deposits, for bonus interest. 

But there are a few disadvantages to a joint account. The road can be bumpy, and you may face issues that may have you wishing you kept your money separate, like your partner misusing the account for themselves or even a relationship breakdown. So, if you are considering opening a joint savings account, make sure that you’re doing it with someone you trust first and foremost. Money can be a difficult thing to share with someone else, so weigh up the risk before you seal the deal. 

What is the best savings account for a child?

There are a whole bunch of savings accounts designed specifically for kids. Because kids don’t save in the same way as adults (as they generally don’t have access to as much money) there are some key features that you want to look for when choosing a kids savings account. These include: 

  • no fees
  • bonus interest rate
  • no maximum monthly deposit
  • child-friendly facilities (like special tools or online graphs) 

Keep in mind that some kids savings account have specific access options that may only apply to children over 12 (like ATM withdrawals). 

In some cases, it may be more suitable to open a regular savings account for your child as opposed to a kids savings account. If you choose this option, the account will likely be held in your name, meaning any interest made is included on your taxable income. Ultimately you’ll most likely be the one dealing with the finances on the account for a little while so do what suits your savings habits as well. 

Don’t forget that kids need a little extra help to stay motivated about their money. So check out our top tips for opening a kids savings account. 

How do I open a savings account? 

Generally, opening a savings account is as easy as jumping onto your bank’s website, heading down to your local branch or even via Australia Post. In order to create the account, you’ll be required to provide documentation to confirm your identity and residency, like a licence, medicare card or passport that has all your current details.  

Once the bank is sure that you are who you say you are, your account will become active and will be ready to accept deposits whenever you want.

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Macquarie Cash Management Account
Overall 1/10
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Absolutely awful customer service.

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Overall 2/10
As long as you don't want withdraw, good.

I have been a lifelong customer with commonwealth bank. Over the years my experiences have generally been positive. Today I needed to make a large withdrawal in cash. I did the right thing and called in advance to request request with draw. I was on hold for 30min, then I was patched through to the branch directly, apparently nobody is there to answer the phone. I walked to the branch in person. I was looked at and treated as if I was committing a crime just to withdraw my own legitimate money. I was steered jnto doing a transfer which isn't what I wanted. I got my thoughts together as it made me very uncomfortable the way I was treated and asked more directly to complete the transaction. I am now waiting for a call. We shall see how it goes...

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I have been a lifelong customer with commonwealth bank. Over the years my experiences have generally been positive. Today I needed to make a large withdrawal in cash. I did the right thing and called in advance to request request with draw. I was on hold for 30min, then I was patched through to the branch directly, apparently nobody is there to answer the phone. I walked to the branch in person. I was looked at and treated as if I was committing a crime just to withdraw my own legitimate money. I was steered jnto doing a transfer which isn't what I wanted. I got my thoughts together as it made me very uncomfortable the way I was treated and asked more directly to complete the transaction. I am now waiting for a call. We shall see how it goes...

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BankSA Savings Account
Overall 10/10
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The best reliable bank to deal with. Excellent customer service.

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