6 month term deposits

If you don’t need to access your savings in the short to medium term, a 6-month term deposit could be right for you. After all, diligent savers deserve some reward for their patience, even if it’s just six months. If you’re likely to access your cash earlier, a shorter fixed term like 3-month or 1-month term deposits might be more suitable. Time to research. Start comparing term deposits now!

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6 month term deposit comparisons on Mozo - page last updated September 24, 2020

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Term deposit resources

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

Why invest in a six month term deposit?

A six month term deposit is ideal for those with a large amount of cash who aren't too sure what to do with it.

With a term deposit the interest rate is fixed on your investment therefore you can sit back, relax and watch your funds grow for half a year. Most big banks and credit unions offer six month term deposits, but be sure to shop around for the best rate on the amount you are investing.

What kind of interest rate can I get with a six month term deposit?

Generally the longer the term you opt for, the higher the interest rate you'll benefit from. That said, it is still possible to get a higher interest rate with a six month term. Check out our Term Deposits Interest Rates information page, to keep on top of the latest term deposit rates.

Term Deposits v Savings Account

Features

Short-Term Deposits

Long-Term Deposits

Savings Account

Interest Rates

Fixed – lower rates than long term

Fixed – higher rates than short-term

Variable

Term

Three, six or twelve months

One to five years

Indefinite

Fees

No fees

No fees

Set up, monthly and or annual fees

Access

Can't access funds until term has matured

Can't access funds until term has matured

Withdrawal money when you want

What are the advantages of six month term deposits?

The Australian Government guarantees term deposits of up to $250,000 with Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs) such as your bank, credit union or building society. So your pennies up to this amount are safe if anything unexpected happens to your ADI

  • You can make realistic financial goals, as a fixed interest rate allows you to calculate exactly how much you will earn by the end of the six months. Plug some figures into the Mozo savings goal calculator to see for yourself
  • No work required, sit back and watch your funds grow
  • Ability to re-invest at the end of the term, so you don't miss out on a rise in interest rates unlike a long- term deposit
  • No risks of seeing your funds decrease such as with investments in shares or property.

Disadvantages to six month term deposits, what are they?

  • Be aware hefty penalties apply for withdrawing the funds before the six months is up
  • Lower interest rates than for a long-term deposit

You can't top up the funds until the term has matured

When is interest paid on a TD?

It is important to discuss with your financial institution or credit union how often or when interest will be paid on your six month term deposit. Interest can be paid monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually or on maturity. With a six month term deposit it is likely to be calculated monthly or at the end of the term.

  • Remember: When you are investing for only half of the year with a 4% p.a interest rate, you will earn 2% on your deposit. E.g. If Mrs Jones invests $10,000 in a six month term deposit with a 4% interest rate paid at maturity, she will earn $200.
  • You don't need to be a mathematician to work out how much interest you will earn! Let the Mozo term deposit calculator do all the hard work.
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More FAQs on 6 month term deposits

What happens to a six month term deposit at maturity?

  • Withdrawal: By all means you can withdrawal your money when the term has ended and go out and spend up big!
  • Rollover: Some banks offer the option to automatically rollover your investment with them for another term
  • Reinvest: Grow your funds even further. The market may have changed since you first opened up the term deposit so shop around online and find a high interest rate and reinvest those savings. Check out the best term deposits here!

What you need to apply for a six month term deposit?

  • Name, address, phone number
  • Proof of identification e.g. driver's licence plus Medicare card
  • Your tax file number
  • BSB and account number of the bank account from where the funds will be transferred from
  • Details (if any, such as your partner) of any other people who will be noted on the Term Deposit.

Term Deposit Case Study

Sadly for Mr Jones his great grandmother from Italy, who he's never met, has passed away. To the 30 year olds surprise, he has been fortunate enough to inherit a whopping $100,000! With mixed emotions he heads to the pub and shouts his mates a few rounds of drinks and over beers they discuss what he should do with his inheritance.

Being a sensible and conservative man when it comes to money, Mr Jones learns that the best place for this big wad of cash is a term deposit. He plans on popping the question to his girlfriend in the next few months so he knows a wedding is on the cards and they aren't cheap. If all goes to plan he'll need to access the money in six months.

Looking online Mr Jones learns that he can secure a high interest rate of 3.75% with a six month term deposit, therefore maximising his wealth before the 'big day'. When the deposit matures Mr Jones would have earned $1,875 in interest that can go towards a beautiful diamond ring.

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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 8 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 22 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 23 days ago