September was another rough month for savings accounts, with cuts levelled against 65 of the accounts we track. Three of the big banks (CommBank, NAB and Westpac) reduced rates, and even some previous rate leaders (Volt Bank) lost their sheen. Currently, the average savings account rate sits at a paltry 0.61% p.a.
Among the big banks, NAB currently offers 0.80% p.a. on its Reward Saver account, ANZ offers 0.85% p.a. on its Progress Saver account, and CommBank offers 0.40% on its Goalsaver account. All require account holders to satisfy monthly conditions to receive the maximum rate.
The Westpac Life account continues to lead among offerings from the major banks, giving savers interest rates of 0.85% p.a. so long as they make a deposit each month. For those aged between 18 and 29, the maximum rate available jumps up to a staggering 3.00% p.a. However, this only applies to balances up to $30,000, and the monthly conditions are a bit more numerous.
For Australians who don't meet the age requirements for the Life account, there are still some worthwhile options. 86 400, UBank and Up currently offer ongoing bonus rates of 1.60% p.a., so long as monthly conditions are met. Rabobank offers an introductory rate of 2.00% p.a. - the highest in our database - which is available for the first 4 months before reverting to 0.55% p.a. And Volt’s Savings Account comes with a base rate of 1.45% p.a., which is unconditional for balances up to $245,000.
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