Variable rate home loans
Why choose a variable rate home loan?
Make extra repayments
Get ahead on your loan with no cap on extra repayments.
Save interest with an offset
Keep funds in an offset facility to reduce the amount of interest you pay on your loan balance.
Redraw additional funds
Redraw any additional repayments you've made if you need access to extra cash.
Combine with a fixed rate
Put your balance into separate fixed and variable rate accounts for the best of both worlds.
Variable rate for Owner Occupiers
2.29% p.a.^ (2.72% p.a. comparison rate*) on the Flexi First Option Home Loan
Rate Includes a 1.64% p.a. discount for two years from loan settlement date reverting to a 1.14% p.a. discount for the life of the loan^.
Applies to new owner occupier home loans with principal and interest repayments. These rates do not apply to existing Westpac Home Loans, internal refinances or switches within the Westpac Group. Interest rates are subject to change.
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Frequently asked questions
We calculate your interest in two steps.
First, we multiply the balance on your loan by your interest rate and divide by 365 days in a year. This shows your daily interest charges.
We then add together your daily interest charges for every day in each month, which produces the monthly interest charge shown on your statement.
Finally, we divide this up according to your preferred repayment frequency, whether that’s weekly, fortnightly or monthly. This figure is your repayment amount.
If your loan balance was $500,000 with an interest rate of 4.93% p.a. and monthly repayments, the calculation might look like this:
500,000 x 0.0493 / 365 = $67.53 interest per day
$67.53 x 30 days in September = $2,026 interest for September
You can use our Mortgage Repayment Calculator to estimate repayments and interest charges over the life of a loan. You can also use the calculator to check the effect that extra repayments could have on your home loan.
Fixed interest rates differ from variable interest rates in that they do not change over the fixed interest rate term of the loan (1-5 years). Fixed rates allow you to lock in some certainty about your rate and how much your repayments will be over the fixed rate term. They also mean you don’t take advantage of any potential decreases in your home loan interest rate, which is one potential benefit of a variable rate loan.
In most cases, if you have a fixed rate home loan, you will be able to switch part or all your balance to a new variable rate loan. Note that this may incur break costs if you are making the change before the end of the fixed rate term.
It is also possible to switch all or part of a variable home loan balance to a fixed rate if you want to. Break costs don’t apply when switching from variable to fixed, although you may need to pay other fees.
A split home loan is when you separate your home loan balance into two different accounts, one with a variable interest rate and one with a fixed interest rate.
Splitting your home loan balance with a fixed and variable interest rate allows you to get the best of both worlds. With the fixed portion of your home loan, you can lock in your interest rate and be certain that your repayment amounts won’t change for the duration of the fixed rate term.
The variable rate portion of your loan lets you take advantage of any interest rate decreases and get ahead with no limit on the amount of extra repayments you can make.
Things you should know
Credit criteria, fees and charges apply. Terms and conditions available on request. Based on Westpac's credit criteria, residential lending is not available for Non-Australian Resident borrowers. This information has been prepared without taking your objectives, needs and overall financial situation into account. For this reason, you should consider the appropriateness of the information and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice. This includes any tax consequences arising from any promotions for investors and customers should seek independent advice on any taxation matters.
1Interest rates are subject to change
*Comparison rate: The comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over the term of 25 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.
**$3k cashback offer: Credit criteria, fees and charges apply. Terms and conditions available at Westpac. $2000 Refinance Cashback per property for new refinance applications received between 23 September 2019 to 31 January 2021 and settle by 31 March 2021. Offer current as at 23 September 2019. Only 1 cashback per property refinance will be paid regardless of the number of loans involved. One $1,000 Bonus Refinance Cashback for a new refinance application submitted between 18 September 2020 to 31 January 2021 and settle by 31 March 2021 with maximum LVR of 80%. Offer current as at 18 September 2020. Only 1 bonus cashback will be paid regardless of the numbers of customers, properties or applications involved. Offers available for Owner Occupier with Principal and Interest repayments and investment loans. Offers available on the Premier Advantage Package and Flexi First Option Home Loans. Offers may be varied or withdrawn at any time. $250K min loan per property refinanced applies for the $2000 and $1000 bonus Refinance Cashback. Excludes Portfolio Loans, switches and refinances of home loans within the Westpac Group which include St.George, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and RAMS. Offer not available for Owner Occupier Interest Only loans or residential lending originated under family or company trusts. The cashback(s) will be paid into a Westpac Choice transaction account within 60 days of settlement. The transaction account must be linked to the home loan at the time of settlement, and kept open for 60 days after settlement. Tax consequences may arise from this promotion for investors and customers should seek independent advice on any taxation matters.
+LVR stands for the initial loan to value ratio at loan approval. LVR is the amount of your loan compared to the banks valuation of your property offered to secure your loan expressed as a percentage. Home loan rates for new loans are set based on the initial LVR and don’t change because of changes to the LVR during the life of the loan.
^Offer commences 18/09/2020 and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. This offer is only available on new Flexi First Option Home Loans with Principal & Interest repayments. Rate includes a 1.64% p.a. discount off our Flexi First Option Home Loan Variable Rate for two years from the loan settlement date, at the end of the period it will revert to a 1.14% p.a. discount for the remainder of the life of the loan. Excludes internal refinances or switches within the Westpac Group, which includes refinances from Westpac, St.George, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and RAMS. Not available to company and trust account holders. Interest rate is subject to change.
^^Offer commences 18/09/2020. This offer is only available on new Flexi First Option Investment Property Loans with Principal & Interest repayments. Rate Includes a 1.89% p.a. discount off our Flexi First Option Investment Property Loan Principal & Interest Variable Rate for two years from the loan settlement date, at the end of the period it will revert to a 1.29% p.a. discount for the remainder of the life of the loan. Excludes internal refinances or switches within the Westpac Group, which includes refinances from Westpac, St.George, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and RAMS. Not available to company and trust account holders. Offer may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Interest rates are subject to change.
#Premier Advantage Package: Conditions of Use and $395 annual package fee applies. You must either hold or be approved for a Westpac Choice transaction account in order to qualify and continue to receive the benefits of the Premier Advantage Package. Applicants must have a Westpac Choice transaction account linked to the home loan at the time of settlement and must keep this account open for 60 days after settlement. Before deciding to acquire a Westpac Choice account, read the terms and conditions, and consider whether the product is right for you. Tax consequences may arise from this promotion for investors and customers should seek independent advice on any taxation matters.