A: A term deposit is a type of savings account, where you lock away an amount of money for an agreed length of time (a 'term'). This means that unless your term matures, the only way to access your funds is by paying a penalty fee. During your term, you're guaranteed a set interest rate for the length of the term you chose. This way, you can be sure of what return you'll get on your investment.

A: Interest can be paid monthly, annually or at maturity. Term Deposit interest is calculated on the daily closing balance of the account and can be credited (compounded) to the term deposit account annually or on maturity. Term deposits lodged for more than 12 months must have interest paid at least every 12 month period as well as at  maturity and can be compounded to the principal. Monthly interest payments cannot be compounded to the principal.

A: Selecting the right interest payment frequency for your Term Deposit is important as it impacts how much interest you earn at the end of term.


If you opt to be paid monthly - interest earned on your deposit gets paid to you monthly for the length of your term. This option often comes with a lower interest rate.


If you opt to be paid at maturity - interest is paid as a lump sum payment at the end of the term of your deposit. This option generally comes with a slightly higher interest rate.

A: When you open your term deposit you can choose to:

  • Reinvest the same original deposit amount (principal) into a new term deposit for the same term and transfer the interest earned to another account
  • Reinvest the principal and interest together into a new term deposit for the same term
  • Transfer the principal and interest together to another account and close the term deposit


If you wish to adjust any of these details, you may do so in writing any time during the term. Prior to maturity, we will also write to you approximately one week before maturity to confirm your instructions including the term and interest rate.

A: You cannot add funds to the deposit during the term. However you may add additional funds once the term deposit matures and you opt to re-invest.

A: You cannot withdraw or transfer funds from a term deposit account prior to maturity unless you give us 31 days notice. Reduced interest rates may apply. Refer to the Account and Access Facility Terms & Conditions document for further information.

A: Yes, your savings are safe with us under the Government Guarantee on Deposits.

The Financial Claims Scheme (FCS), also known as Australian Government Deposit Guarantee, is an Australian Government scheme that provides protection and quick access to deposits in banks, building societies and credit unions in the unlikely event that one of these financial institutions fails. Under the FCS, certain deposits are protected up to a limit of $250,000 for each account holder at any bank, building society, credit union or other ADI that is incorporated in Australia and authorised by the APRA. For more information, head to our Financial Claims Scheme page.