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RBA Official Cash Rate, Australian central bank’s interest rate

Charts - historic RBA interest rates

Graph Australian interest rate RBA - interest rates last year

Graph Australian interest rate RBA - long-term graph

The current Australian interest rate RBA (base rate) is 2.500 %

Reserve Bank of Australia

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is the Australian central bank. The RBA’s most important task is to set the monetary policy for Australia. The aim of this policy is to achieve low and stable inflation in the medium term. Other important responsibilities of the RBA are:
  • to maintain financial stability and the stability of the Australian dollar;
  • to maintain full employment;
  • to contribute to the economic development and wealth of the inhabitants of Australia;
  • to act as banker for the Australian government;
  • to issue Australian currency;
  • to manage Australia’s foreign currency reserves.

Cash rate target

When reference is made to the Australian interest rate this often refers to the cash rate target, also called the official cash rate (OCR) or cash rate. This is the Australian base rate. Banks pay this interest rate when they take out a loan with a maturity of 1 day from another bank. By buying or selling bonds and other securities issued by the government the RBA can influence the money supply and thus the cash rate target. A rise or fall in the cash rate often also leads to a change in the interest rates for mortgages, loans and savings.

This page shows the current and historic values of the RBA’s official cash rate (OCR).

For a summary of the current interest rates of a large number of central banks please click here.

Tables - current and historic Australian central bank interest rates

RBA latest interest rate changes

 change date percentage
 august 06 2013 2.500 %
 may 07 2013 2.750 %
 december 03 2012 3.000 %
 october 02 2012 3.250 %
 june 05 2012 3.500 %
 may 01 2012 3.750 %
 december 06 2011 4.250 %
 november 01 2011 4.500 %
 november 03 2010 4.750 %
 may 04 2010 4.500 %

Summary of other central banks’ interest rates

 central bank interest rate region percentage date
 FED interest rate United States 0.250 % 12-16-2008
 RBA interest rate Australia 2.500 % 08-06-2013
 BACEN interest rate Brazil 11.000 % 04-02-2014
 BoE interest rate Great Britain 0.500 % 03-05-2009
 BOC interest rate Canada 1.000 % 09-08-2010
 PBC interest rate China 6.000 % 07-06-2012
 ECB interest rate Europe 0.150 % 06-05-2014
 BoJ interest rate Japan 0.100 % 10-05-2010
 CBR interest rate Russia 7.500 % 04-25-2014
 SARB interest rate South Africa 5.750 % 07-17-2014

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American interest rate (Fed)0.25 %12-16-2008
Australian interest rate (RBA)2.50 %08-06-2013
British interest rate (BoE)0.50 %03-05-2009
Canadian interest rate (BOC)1.00 %09-08-2010
European interest rate (ECB)0.15 %06-05-2014
Japanese interest rate (BoJ)0.10 %10-05-2010
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