Long term savings accounts

Long term savings accounts are the ideal place to park your money for a lengthy period of time, with the ultimate goal of building up your savings. Start comparing now!

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Long term savings account comparisons on Mozo - last updated 19 April 2024

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    High Interest Savings Account

    4.40% p.a.(for $0 to $250,001)

    5.75% p.a. (for $0 to $250,001)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate for the first 4 months from account opening

    Reward yourself with a higher rate for your good savings habits with the Rabobank High Interest Savings Account . Receive the maximum rate when you grow your balance by at least $200 each month. No Account keeping fees. No minimum balance.

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  • Savings Account

    4.75% p.a.(for $0 to $1,000,000)

    5.35% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus variable rate is available for the first four months.

    Competitive introductory variable rate for first 4 months (on deposits up to $250,000). No account keeping fees to pay. Multiple 2023 Mozo Experts Choice Award winner.

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  • High Interest Save Account

    0.10% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    5.10% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Deposit at least $200 to either Spend, Bills or Save account from an external source each month.

    No monthly fees on any of your save accounts. Split your money with up to 10 Save accounts. Set savings targets and track the progress of all your Save accounts. Deposits guaranteed up to $250K per customer.

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    AMP Saver Account

    1.20% p.a.(for $0 to $5,000,000)

    5.40% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Enjoy a bonus rate when you deposit at least $1000 per month with the AMP Saver Account.

    No account fees. Unlimited transactions when linked to an AMP Bank transaction account. Easy online access to your money. Option to link your savings account to an everyday transaction account. 2024 Mozo Experts Choice Award winner.

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  • Reward Saver Account

    0% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    5.25% p.a. (for $0 to $1,000,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Intro bonus rate of 5.25% for balances up to $1,000,000 for the first 4 months, reverting to 3.25%. Minimum deposit of $50 and no withdrawals.

    Introductory bonus rate for balances up to $1,000,000 for the first 4 months. Minimum deposit of $50 and no withdrawals. Start your account online in under 10 minutes and earn interest on balances up to $1,000,000 (T&Cs apply). No monthly account fees, helping you save smarter and faster.

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  • Savings+Bonus

    2.00% p.a.(for $0 to $250,000)

    5.00% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Earn a generous interest rate on your at-call savings (T&Cs apply). Interest is calculated daily and paid to you monthly. A $5 monthly membership fee will not apply if your total account balances with First Option Bank exceed $1,000 or you have a credit card or loan with the bank.

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  • MoneyMAX Account

    4.75% p.a.(for $1 and over)

    No Current Offer

    Yes up to $250,000

    Unlimited access 24/7 via Banking App, Phone & Internet Banking. Interest is calculated daily and paid monthly. No transaction fees or monthly service fees. No minimum balance or withdrawal restrictions. Online access only.

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  • Bonus Saver Account

    0.05% p.a.(for $0 and over)

    5.00% p.a. (for $0 to $250,000)

    Yes up to $250,000

    Bonus rate when at least $20 is deposited each month and five Visa Debit transactions are made each month using linked Glide transaction account.

    Start saving and earn interest with just a $20 deposit and make 5 eligible transactions each month. No fees or penalties for withdrawing money.

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Savings account resources

Reviews, news, tips and guides to help find the best savings account for you.

Long term savings must-knows

We all know the value of saving money, and building up a nest egg should be a financial priority for all Australians. But when you're in it for the long haul, finding the perfect place to stash your cash is super important. 

To help you in your search for the best savings account, we’ve answered below some frequently asked questions about long term savings accounts.

How do I keep on top of interest rates?

When the plan is growing your savings in the long-term, it pays to keep an eye on interest rates. Since they move in line with the cash rate, they’re always subject to change. For an idea of where interest rates currently sit, plus a rundown of all the latest changes, visit our savings account interest rates page.

What is the minimum amount I need to deposit into my long term savings account?

This depends on the savings account you go for, as many banking providers will have their own deposit requirements. The good news is that many online savings accounts come with no minimum balance criteria at all, so you can start from scratch and build up an emergency savings fund.

Other long term savings options like term deposits, do generally have minimum deposit criteria which can be as low as $500 and capped at $100,000 depending on the bank and deposit term. Head over to our term deposits comparison page to assess current long term interest rates and fees.  Or you can find the best term deposits crowned winners of Mozo’s Expert Choice Award.

What is the difference between a base and bonus interest rate?

You might notice on our savings account comparison tables that we publish the standard or 'base' interest rate and the bonus interest rate attached to the account. A base rate is the ongoing interest rate you’ll receive as long as the savings account is open.

When it comes to bonus rate savings accounts, there are usually two types: introductory and conditional bonus rates. Introductory bonus rates usually only last between 3-6 months from when the account was opened. At the end of this period, the savings interest rate will revert back to the account’s base rate.

A conditional bonus rate offers a higher interest rate as long as you meet certain requirements by the bank. Some common examples of conditions might include having a transaction account with the same provider and spending via a linked debit card, making a minimum deposit or no withdrawals in a month, or growing the account balance. 

What features should I look for in a long term savings account?

Possibly the most important feature of a savings account is the interest rate. While the goal is to earn as much interest as possible, just keep in mind that savings accounts have variable rates, so they can change anytime. This is why you should regularly review your account to make sure you’re getting the best return on your money.

  • No fees: There’s no point in stashing away your hard earned savings only to pay pesky fees. While very few banks charge monthly fees on online savings accounts, some may still charge withdrawal penalties or transaction fees.
  • Withdrawal flexibility: Most savings accounts allow you to withdraw money whenever you want (unlike a term deposit) but some may drop bonus interest offers for the month when you withdraw or will charge a fee for over the counter withdrawals.
  • Other handy tools: Things like online banking and a linked transaction account can come in handy if you need quick access to your cash.
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More FAQs on long term savings accounts

How can I withdraw money from my savings account?

If you’d like to make a withdrawal from your savings account, you will have to transfer the funds to your linked everyday transaction bank account. So, although savings accounts are designed to make your rainy day more accessible, there’s still an extra step involved.

Something else to keep in mind is that if you do plan on making a withdrawal, you may have to give up your bonus interest rate. On the other hand, knowing this might actually be a great deterrent to stop you from spending your savings and keep your account balance high over the long term.

What happens if the rate on my long term savings rate is cut?

One of the many gripes that come with savings accounts is the possibility of an interest rate cut. If this happens you won’t be earning the same amount of interest you once did, which could impact your long term savings goals.

If you plan on using a savings account as a long term strategy, you’ll need to review your options regularly to make sure you’re still getting a good deal.

The great thing about online banking is that if your rate is no longer competitive it is really easy to switch banks. Most savings providers we have listed on Mozo have online applications and you can have an account set up in a matter of minutes.

Is a savings account a good long term savings strategy?

Yes, a savings account does have the potential to be a good long term strategy, as long as you are disciplined enough to not dip into it for unnecessary expenses. Savings accounts can also come in handy because they are ‘at call’ products so if you ever need quick access to your cash in an emergency you can.

What alternatives are there to long term savings accounts?

However, if you think having easy access to your savings stash is too tempting, then you might want to consider a term deposit instead. What makes a term deposit different from a savings account is that once you deposit the funds into the account, it’s hands-off until the end of the term which, depending on the term you choose, can be anywhere between 1 month to 5 years.

And just remember that if you absolutely have to make a withdrawal on a term deposit, you will be hit with an early withdrawal fee.

Savings Account Reviews

ANZ Plus ANZ Save
Overall 5/10
Be careful

While ANZ Plus has many appealing features. Along with its highly competitive interest rate, another plus is that there is no minimum monthly deposit required in order to achieve interest. You can also make withdrawals without forfeiting interest, there is one aspect I really don't respect is that their condition on paying interest, which states: "We pay interest into your ANZ Save Account on the last Business Day of each month. It will generally include interest up to (but excluding) that day". This is outrageous. I have never experienced another bank which does it this way and only discovered it when I noticed that my interest for the month of March was much lower than expected. This was a result of Easter falling at the end of March, so I effectively lost 3 full days of interest. After checking the calendar I've discovered that my interest would be affected in this way in June, August and November 2024. Consequently, I am moving my money to a bank with very similar rates who pay interest on the full month. I feel there is no reason for this "feature". It is not commonplace practice and certainly not a good way to do business, particularly in terms of gaining trust. Although it is outlined in the terms, I feel that most people wouldn't even be aware of this.

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While ANZ Plus has many appealing features. Along with its highly competitive interest rate, another plus is that there is no minimum monthly deposit required in order to achieve interest. You can also make withdrawals without forfeiting interest, there is one aspect I really don't respect is that their condition on paying interest, which states: "We pay interest into your ANZ Save Account on the last Business Day of each month. It will generally include interest up to (but excluding) that day". This is outrageous. I have never experienced another bank which does it this way and only discovered it when I noticed that my interest for the month of March was much lower than expected. This was a result of Easter falling at the end of March, so I effectively lost 3 full days of interest. After checking the calendar I've discovered that my interest would be affected in this way in June, August and November 2024. Consequently, I am moving my money to a bank with very similar rates who pay interest on the full month. I feel there is no reason for this "feature". It is not commonplace practice and certainly not a good way to do business, particularly in terms of gaining trust. Although it is outlined in the terms, I feel that most people wouldn't even be aware of this.

Price
8/10
Features
6/10
Customer service
2/10
Convenience
5/10
Trust
2/10
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Mel, New South Wales, reviewed 17 days ago
ING Savings Account
Overall 10/10
Amazing bank , great communication and product

ING is a great bank. They have great customer service and are easily contactable when needed assistance. It provides an easy option for people who do not have time to visit a bank front as it is run online. I can not find any negatives with the bank, and have been with them for many years and will be for as long as needed.

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ING is a great bank. They have great customer service and are easily contactable when needed assistance. It provides an easy option for people who do not have time to visit a bank front as it is run online. I can not find any negatives with the bank, and have been with them for many years and will be for as long as needed.

Price
10/10
Features
10/10
Customer service
10/10
Convenience
10/10
Trust
10/10
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Jasmine, Victoria, reviewed 17 days ago
Bendigo Bank EasySaver Account
Overall 10/10
Good sevice

They are always looking out for me

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They are always looking out for me

Price
10/10
Features
10/10
Customer service
10/10
Convenience
10/10
Trust
10/10
Less
Ian, Queensland, reviewed 17 days ago

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