2 year term deposits

If you’ve got long term goals (like buying a house) and you’re starting to accumulate some serious cash, a two year high interest earning term deposit can help you grow your savings faster and keep your nest egg safely out of temptations reach.

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What happens if I need to get my money out sooner?

Think carefully before pulling your money out of a term deposit prematurely and subjecting yourself to term deposit ’break fees’ they could cost you between 40% and all of your interest earnings. Don’t do it unless it’s a real emergency. Before you lock in a two year term, check out popular rates for 1 year and 6 month term deposits.

Does the interest payment frequency really matter?

Absolutely! Generally, being paid more frequently is better, as once the interest is yours you can then earn interest on that interest (this is called compounding interest.) The more frequently your interest is paid, the faster it will grow. Let us do the math for you with our handy term deposit calculator.

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2 year term deposit comparisons on Mozo - page last updated September 20, 2020

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Term deposit resources

Reviews, news, tips and guides to help find the best term deposit for you.

What is a 2 year term deposit?

A 2 year term deposit is a long term deposit and an ideal way to stash your funds while you earn interest on it for an extended period of time. It’s a good option for people looking to lock their money away and watch their balance grow, while they save for something big like a home deposit or renovation.  

How much can I deposit?

Deposit limits vary from bank to bank but the minimum deposit is usually $1,000. All balance limits are indicated in our 2 year term deposit comparison table or find specific providers limits using our Term Deposits Search Engine.

What will the interest rate be like?

Two year term deposits are usually considered 'long' term deposits, meaning you will generally receive a higher interest rate than you might with a shorter, six month term deposit. Of course, with that in mind, it is still a good idea to shop around to make sure you get a competitive two year term deposit interest rate. Check out Mozo's Term Deposits Interest Rates information page for more information on current term deposit rates.

When will I receive my interest payment?

Depending on which bank you are with, you may receive interest payments monthly, quarterly, six monthly, annually or at maturity. In most cases, receiving your interest more often is beneficial because once you are paid your interest you can start making compound interest on those earnings. Alternatively, most banks give you the option to receive your interest payments in a separate bank account, so that you can use your earnings right away. Read our term deposit reviews to see different providers’ interest rates and features.

Can I access my money before my 2 year term deposit matures?

Like with all other term deposits, accessing your funds before your term matures is not recommended as there are potential heavy early withdrawal costs. If you feel that you will need access to your money over the two-year period, it may be worth considering a high interest savings account instead as they have minimal restrictions and no fees when it comes to withdrawal.

Am I able to deposit more money over the 2 years?

Because a term deposit is designed to accumulate interest on your initial deposit, you can’t keep adding funds to your balance. Once the deal is sealed, you are locked in to the same amount of money (plus your interest earnings) until your term deposit has matured.

What fees will I pay?

When you set up a 2 year term deposit you won’t be slapped with any initial or ongoing account-handling fees. Keep in mind that if you opt to withdraw your money early, you could be hit with a huge penalty fee and cut your interest rate. Similarly, be aware that some banks allow partial withdrawal while others require a full withdrawal of your deposited amount.

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Term Deposit Reviews

BOQ Specialist Term Deposit review
Overall 4/10
Used to be a great bank

I've banked with BOQ specialist bank in Sydney for decades. When they were owned and operated as Investec they were excellent, efficient and responsive to customer requirements. However over the past couple of years they seem to have no management control. Simple maturing fixed deposit transfer requests are ignored or misplaced. The Manager dealing with my accounts for multiple years advised last month he was too busy to handle my account and instead of allocating another relationship manager suggested that I should send future requests to their client service department. Sadly, upon requesting transfer of the next maturing deposit it took several international phone calls and 3 secure messages before anyone paid attention and resolved their internal issues. It seems the bank is in a shambles -

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I've banked with BOQ specialist bank in Sydney for decades. When they were owned and operated as Investec they were excellent, efficient and responsive to customer requirements. However over the past couple of years they seem to have no management control. Simple maturing fixed deposit transfer requests are ignored or misplaced. The Manager dealing with my accounts for multiple years advised last month he was too busy to handle my account and instead of allocating another relationship manager suggested that I should send future requests to their client service department. Sadly, upon requesting transfer of the next maturing deposit it took several international phone calls and 3 secure messages before anyone paid attention and resolved their internal issues. It seems the bank is in a shambles -

Price
3/10
Features
4/10
Customer service
1/10
Convenience
1/10
Trust
3/10
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Jon, Western Australia reviewed 5 days ago
ING Term Deposit review
Overall 8/10
Go orange with ING.

Have been with ING for a while. They started off with very competitive rates for savings accounts however have cut the rates a few times as time goes on, still giving them the edge over other banks but making them slightly less appealing. They don't have a physical store and the wait times can be frustrating when you are on the phone trying to get something sorted so I normally just use the 'contact us' on the app and send an email query. The card is great to have for rebates when travelling as any fees you get charged will be credited back. Overall a good bank.

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Have been with ING for a while. They started off with very competitive rates for savings accounts however have cut the rates a few times as time goes on, still giving them the edge over other banks but making them slightly less appealing. They don't have a physical store and the wait times can be frustrating when you are on the phone trying to get something sorted so I normally just use the 'contact us' on the app and send an email query. The card is great to have for rebates when travelling as any fees you get charged will be credited back. Overall a good bank.

Price
8/10
Features
7/10
Customer service
8/10
Convenience
6/10
Trust
8/10
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Renee, Victoria reviewed 18 days ago
Bendigo Bank Term Deposit review
Overall 1/10
Half a star only

The teller's are giving wrong information out and rude.

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The teller's are giving wrong information out and rude.

Price
1/10
Features
1/10
Customer service
1/10
Convenience
1/10
Trust
1/10
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Ryan, Victoria reviewed 20 days ago