Australian high-interest savings accounts paying up to 3%

Australian high-interest savings accounts paying up to 3%

The most generous high-interest savings accounts are currently paying about the same interest rates as the most generous term deposits.

AMP’s Bett3r Save account has a maximum rate of 3.00 per cent, with a base rate of 1.50 per cent (see table below). To earn the maximum rate, you must deposit at least $2,000 per month and keep your balance under $100,000.

The RAMS Saver also has a maximum rate of 3.00 per cent, but with a base rate of 1.35 per cent. To earn the maximum rate, you must deposit at least $200 per month, make no withdrawals and keep your balance between $200 and $500,000.

In Australia’s current low-interest environment, the most generous term deposits are paying 2.80 per cent for one year, 3.00 per cent for three years and 3.20 per cent for five years.

UBank is another lender that is currently paying some of the highest interest rates in Australia for savings accounts, with its USaver with Ultra paying a maximum rate of 2.87 per cent.

ME Bank is also offering up to 2.85 per cent with its Online Savings Account.

Teachers Mutual Bank and UniBank are paying up to 2.81 per cent with their high-interest savings accounts, ING and Australian Unity are paying up to 2.80 per cent, and CUA and Coastline Credit Union are paying up to 2.75 per cent.

Lender Product Base rate Max. rate How to get max. rate
AMP Bett3r Save 1.50% 3.00% Deposit $2,000/month; keep balances under $100,000
RAMS Saver 1.35% 3.00% Deposit $200/month; make no withdrawals; keep balance between $200 and $500,000
UBank USaver with Ultra 1.81% 2.87% Deposit $200/month; keep balances under $200,000
ME Bank Online Savings Account 1.30% 2.85% Make one weekly tap-and-go payment with Everyday Transaction Account debit card; keep balances under $250,000
Teachers Mutual Bank Mighty Saver 1.00% 2.81% Deposit $10/month; make no withdrawals
UniBank Mighty Saver 1.00% 2.81% Deposit $10/month; make no withdrawals
Australian Unity Active Saver 1.20% 2.80% Deposit $250/month; make no withdrawals; keep balances under $500,000
ING Savings Maximiser 1.15% 2.80% Deposit $1,000/month; make five monthly payments with Orange Everyday debit card; keep balances under $100,000
CUA eSaver Boost 0.25% 2.75% Deposit $250/month; make no withdrawals; keep balances under $500,000
Coastline Credit Union Bonus Reward Saver 0.05% 2.75% Deposit $20/month; make no withdrawals

Please note that high-interest savings accounts that pay the highest interest rates won’t necessarily be the best savings accounts for each person.

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What is the interest rate on savings accounts?

As banks frequently change their rates, the most accurate way to look at interest rates on savings accounts is to use a savings accounts comparison tool. When you look at the savings rate check what the maximum and minimum rates are. Often banks will offer you a promotional rate for the first few months which is competitive, but then revert back to a base rate which can sometimes be less than inflation. Ongoing bonus rates are often a safer bet as they will keep rewarding you with the maximum rate, provided you meet their criteria

How can I get a $4000 loan approved?

While personal loans and medium amount loans don’t offer guaranteed approval, there are steps you can take to help increase the likelihood of your application being approved, including:

  • Fulfilling the eligibility criteria (providing ID, proof of residency, proof of income etc.)
  • Checking your credit history (you can order one free copy of your credit file per year, and make sure that there aren’t any errors that may be bringing down your credit score)
  • Comparing carefully before applying (making multiple loan applications can mean having your credit checked multiple times, which can look bad to some lenders and reduce your chances of being approved by them)

What is a savings account?

A savings account is a type of bank account in which you earn interest on the money you deposit. This makes it one of the easiest and safest investment tools.

Can I overdraft my savings account?

A lot of savings accounts won’t let you overdraw. Some will allow this feature but you’ll need to apply first. It’s best to read the fine print and check with your lender whether this is a feature they offer. It can be a helpful addition, but as your lender can charge you a fee as well as interest for going into negative numbers, it’s best to avoid overdrafting when possible.

How to open a savings account for my child?

Some banks and financial institutions allow parents to open a bank account for their child as soon as it is born, and start depositing funds to go towards the child’s future.

Children’s savings accounts generally don’t have fees, and are structured to help develop positive financial habits by limiting withdrawals, encouraging regular deposits, and earning interest on the savings, similarly to standard savings accounts.

How to make money with a savings account?

Savings accounts make you money by earning interest on your savings. The more money you deposit, the longer you leave it in the account, and the higher the account’s interest rate, the more interest you’ll be paid by the bank or financial institution, and the more your wealth will grow.

To make sure your savings account makes money and doesn’t lose money, it’s important to maintain a large enough minimum balance that the annual interest earned exceeds any annual fees charged on the account.

Can you set up a savings account online?

Yes. Several large and small banks offer online applications for savings accounts, and there are also online-only financial institutions to consider.

Online-only savings accounts are often less expensive than other savings accounts, though they may not offer the same flexibility, features, or face-to-face service as more traditional savings accounts.

Who has the highest interest rates for savings accounts?

As banks frequently change their rates, the most accurate way to know who currently has the highest interest rate is to use a savings account comparison tool.

How does interest work on savings accounts?

The type of interest savings accounts accrues is called compound interest. Compound interest is interest paid on the initial deposit amount, as well as the accumulated interest on money you have. This is different from simple interest where interest is paid at the end of a specified term. Compound interest allows you to earn interest on interest at a higher frequency. 

Example: John deposits $10,000 into a savings account with an interest rate of 5 per cent that he leaves untouched for 10 years. At the end of the first year he will have $10,512 in savings. After ten years, he will have saved $16,470.

Can you direct deposit to a savings account?

Yes. You can make one off payments or set up regular direct deposits into a savings account. This can be organised easily through online banking or by making deposits in a branch. Talk to your lender to find out the easiest way for you to set up direct deposits.

How do I open a savings account?

Opening a savings account is a relatively simple process. If you’ve found an account with a suitable interest rate, you’ll just need to get in contact with your chosen lender via a branch, phone call or hop online to begin the process. 

You may be required to provide:

  • Personal details, including identification (driver’s license, passport etc.)
  • Tax file number
  • Employment details

Can you have a joint savings account?

Yes. Joint savings accounts can be useful for two or more people wanting to combine their savings to meet shared financial goals, including spouses, flatmates and business partners.

Some joint savings accounts require all parties to sign before they can access the money. While less convenient, this extra security can help encourage all parties to meet their shared financial goals.

Other joint savings accounts allow any of the account holders to access the money. These accounts can be convenient for financially responsible couples that trust one another implicitly. 

What is a good interest rate for a savings account?

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind with savings accounts is to look for a rate that is higher than the CPI inflation rate. This number is constantly changing, so check the Reserve Bank of Australia’s page. If you aren’t earning interest above this then the value of your money will go backwards over time.

How much money should I have in my savings account?

A good rule of thumb when working out a minimum balance for your savings account is to make sure that you’ll earn more in annual interest on your savings than what you’ll be charged in annual fees.

If you’re saving with a specific goal in mind, prepare a budget so the interest you earn on your deposits will help you efficiently reach this goal. Online financial calculators may be helpful here.