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What if the cash rate changes?

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How an interest rate change might affect you?

If cash rate increases
If cash rate increases
  • If you have a variable rate, your lender will probably raise your home loan interest rate (although it is allowed to act independently of the Reserve Bank).
  • If you have a fixed rate, your home loan interest rate will remain unchanged for the rest of your fixed-rate term.
If the cash rate holds
If the cash rate holds
  • If you have a variable rate, your lender will probably leave your home loan interest rate unchanged (although it is allowed to act independently of the Reserve Bank).
  • If you have a fixed rate, your home loan interest rate will remain unchanged for the rest of your fixed-rate term.
If the cash rate decreases
If the cash rate decreases
  • If you have a variable rate, your lender will probably lower your home loan interest rate (although it is allowed to act independently of the Reserve Bank).
  • If you have a fixed rate, your home loan interest rate will remain unchanged for the rest of your fixed-rate term.

What is the RBA cash rate?

The cash rate is the interest rate the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) charges banks and other lenders on overnight loans. The RBA cash rate affects the interest rate banks charge their customers, as well as the rates of interest paid on savings accounts and term deposits. 

Eleven times a year, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meets to decide whether the cash rate should go up, down or remain the same – a decision which affects millions of Australians. The Reserve Bank decides what the national cash rate will be on the first Tuesday of every month, with the exception of January.

How does the RBA cash rate affect financial products?

Changes to the national cash rate often lead to changes in interest rates from banks and other financial institutions. A rising cash rate often leads to increasing interest rates, and cuts to the cash rate can see interest rates fall. 

Lower interest rates can be welcome news to borrowers with credit products, such as home loans, personal loans and car loans. Falling variable interest rates can mean cheaper loan repayments, easing pressure on household budgets, or giving borrowers an opportunity to pay off loans sooner. On the other hand, a rising cash rate can see variable interest rates increase for these loans, potentially leading to financial stress.   

Credit card interest rates aren’t typically affected by changes to the RBA cash rate. This is partially because credit cards are effectively unsecured loans, with higher interest rates required to help cover their higher risk.

Changes to the RBA cash rate can also affect savings products, such as savings accounts and term deposits. If the interest rates rise along with the cash rate, account holders may be able to earn more interest from their savings, growing their wealth faster. But if the cash rate falls and interest rates are cut, you may not earn as much interest on your savings.

Keep in mind that while changes to the cash rate can affect interest rates, it’s not the only factor in play. Banks and financial institutions have multiple funding sources, and may choose to raise or lower their interest rates out of cycle from the RBA

How often does the RBA cash rate change?

In the last 12 months, the RBA has cut the cash rate three times – once in October 2019, and a rare two cuts in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. 

The last time the RBA increased the cash rate was in November 2010, when the cash rate rose by 25 basis points to 4.75 per cent.

When do banks pass on RBA cash rate changes?

Once the RBA has announced the cash rate is moving, lenders will decide whether they intend to pass this change on to their customers. Some banks may make this decision immediately, while others can take days, or even weeks to make an announcement.

One of the easiest ways to keep track of what each lender is doing is by following RateCity on Facebook, Twitter or on this page. RateCity’s RBA Cash Rate Tracker can help you find out when the RBA has changed rates and how it will affect you, including a comprehensive list of which lenders have moved their home loan interest rates following a change to the cash rate. You can also find out which lenders are offering the most competitive interest rates on the market, learn how to refinance your home loan and keep up-to-date of the latest RBA news.

So don’t sit around waiting for an email or a letter from your bank letting you know they’ve moved – our Rate Tracker page is updated as new rates are announced.