September savings snapshot: Aussies get stung with more cuts ahead of spring

Man contemplating spring savings in a garden

It’s been another painful month for savers, with interest cuts dominating all changes in the at-call deposits world.*

This brings the average ongoing savings account rate to 0.63%, down 19 basis points from last month.

Australian Unity’s Active Saver
is now leading the interest rate ranks at 1.75%. It’s overtaken former headliners like 86 400 and Bank of Queensland, which respectively shaved off 10bp and 15bp from their top savings accounts. 

However, to access Australian Unity’s bonus rate, customers need to deposit at least $250 a month and not dip into the account at all. Interest reduces to 0.25% if either of these criteria are not satisfied, making this a less accessible option for anyone experiencing income or employment instability.

Savings accounts offering unconditional love

As headline rates drop, some base rates are edging closer to pole position. The Volt Bank Savings Account and Xinja’s Stash account are both sitting at 1.65% (although Stash is currently closed to new customers).

The benefits of unconditional savings accounts – not being required to make monthly deposits and having unlimited withdrawals – often come alongside a lower rate. So if you’ve got a savings bundle you want to grow but aren’t confident about meeting ongoing criteria, some unconditional financial love from a leading base account could go a long way.

Intro offers for short-term gains

Another route for making more out of your cash this spring is with an intro savings account offer. The introductory interest will only be accessible for a certain number of months and then revert to a lesser offer. But if you’ve got a big enough stash, this could make all the difference.

Leading introductory offers include:

Rabobank High Interest Savings Account: 2.00% interest for the first four months on accounts up to $250,000, reverting to 0.55% after the introductory period.

Heritage Bank Online Saver: 1.90% interest for the first four months on accounts up to $100,000, reverting to 0.80% after the introductory period.

Find more ways to save with these innovative online banking features, then check out more savings account options below.

*According to all savings accounts assessed in the Mozo database.

Compare high interest savings accounts - last updated 16 October 2021

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  • Boost Saver with Go Account
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.50% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)
    0.10% p.a.(for $0 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Intro bonus rate of 1.50% for first 3 months, reverting to 1.20% after. 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

    Details
  • 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.

    Details
  • 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.

    Details
  • 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.

    Details
  • Fast Track Starter Account
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    2.50% p.a. (for $1 to $10,000)
    0.05% p.a.(for $1 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Ongoing bonus rate applied and 5 eligible transactions are made by the linked accountif in the previous month $200 or more is credited to the linked Day2Day Plus account.

    3.00 %P.A. Bonus Interest on balances up to $10,000 when the Bonus Criteria is met. Free withdrawals to your linked Day2Day Account while still earning Bonus Interest. Only available between the ages of 14 - 24 years.

    Details
  • Fast Track Saver Account
    Maximum rate
    standard interest rate
    Govt Deposit Guarantee
    1.05% p.a. (for $1 to $250,000)
    0.05% p.a.(for $1 and over)
    Yes up to $250,000

    Ongoing bonus rate applied if in the previous month $1,000 or more is credited to the linked Day2Day Plus account and 5 eligible transactions are made by the linked account.

    Earn 1.05% p.a. Bonus Interest in the following month on your Fast Track Saver Account balance. Earn Bonus Interest on your savings, with no minimum balance required.

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