Unsecured Personal Loan

Real Time Rating™

3.06

/ 5
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Advertised Rate

12.69%

Variable

Comparison Rate*

13.56%

Upfront Fee

$150

Loan amount

$5k to $55k

Real Time Rating™

3.06

/ 5
Repayment

based on $20,000 loan amount for 3 years

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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • No early exit penalty
  • Unlimited extra repayments
  • Flexible repayment options
  • No security required
  • Can apply online
  • Can apply in branch
  • Use the loan for any worthwhile purpose
  • Suitable for both new or used car
  • Fast time to funding
  • Approval is instant
  • Service fee charged

NAB Features and Fees

NAB Unsecured Personal Loan Features and Fees

Details

Total repayments

Interest rate type

Variable

Borrowing range

$5k - $55k

Security type

Unsecured

Loan term

1 year to 7 years

Secured by

Loan type

Is Fully Drawn Advance

Repayment frequency

Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Features

Extra repayments

Yes

Redraw facility

redraw activation fee of $0

Instant approval

Time to funding

24 hours

Fees

Upfront Fee

$150

Ongoing Fee

$10 Monthly

Missed Payment Penalty

$35

Early Exit Penalty Fee

$0

Permitted Loan Purposes

New Car

Used Car

Motorcycle

Boat

Debt Consolidation

Renovation

Holidays

Medical Bill

Shares

Student Loan

Wedding

Application method

Phone

Broker

In branch

Other Benefits

Same day funds when approved in-store by 2pm Monday - Friday, only available for existing NAB customer; unavailable if your loan purpose is to refinance non-NAB debts or if NAB requires application to be reviewed by a lending specialist.

Pros and Cons

  • No early exit penalty
  • Unlimited extra repayments
  • Flexible repayment options
  • No security required
  • Can apply online
  • Can apply in branch
  • Use the loan for any worthwhile purpose
  • Suitable for both new or used car
  • Fast time to funding
  • Approval is instant
  • Service fee charged

NAB Unsecured Personal Loan Features and Fees

Details

Total repayments

Interest rate type

Variable

Borrowing range

$5k - $55k

Security type

Unsecured

Loan term

1 year to 7 years

Secured by

Loan type

Is Fully Drawn Advance

Repayment frequency

Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

Features

Extra repayments

Yes

Redraw facility

redraw activation fee of $0

Instant approval

Time to funding

24 hours

Fees

Upfront Fee

$150

Ongoing Fee

$10 Monthly

Missed Payment Penalty

$35

Early Exit Penalty Fee

$0

Permitted Loan Purposes

New Car

Used Car

Motorcycle

Boat

Debt Consolidation

Renovation

Holidays

Medical Bill

Shares

Student Loan

Wedding

Application method

Phone

Broker

In branch

Other Benefits

Same day funds when approved in-store by 2pm Monday - Friday, only available for existing NAB customer; unavailable if your loan purpose is to refinance non-NAB debts or if NAB requires application to be reviewed by a lending specialist.

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FAQs

What is credit history?

Your credit history covers everything to do with applying for loans. It includes the number of loans you’ve applied for, the amounts you’ve borrowed and your record of meeting repayment schedules.

Is it hard to improve your credit score?

It can be hard to improve your credit score, as it usually requires sacrifice and discipline, but hard doesn’t necessarily mean complicated. There are nine steps you can take to improve your credit score, most of which are simple to follow.

As a general rule, the lower your credit score, the more remedies you can apply and the greater the scope for improvement.

What is bad credit?

A person is deemed to have ‘bad credit’ when they have a poor history of repaying debts.

Which lenders offer bad credit personal loans?

Several dozen lenders offer bad credit personal loans. These are generally smaller lenders that aren’t household names.

Who calculates your credit rating/score?

Credit ratings/scores are calculated by credit reporting bodies. The main bodies are Equifax, Dun & Bradstreet, Experian and the Tasmanian Collection Service.

What can I use a bad credit personal loan for?

Generally, bad credit personal loans can be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Debt consolidation
  • Paying bills
  • Buying vehicles
  • Moving expenses
  • Holidays
  • Weddings
  • Education

Some lenders restrict how their bad credit personal loans can be used as part of their commitment to responsible lending – be sure to check before applying.

Where can I get a personal loan?

The Australian personal loans market contains dozens of lenders offering several hundred different products. Personal loans are available through a range of institutions, including:

There are three main ways to access personal loans. You can go through a comparison website, such as RateCity. You can use a finance broker. Or you can directly contact the lender.

Are there emergency loans with no credit checks?

While many personal loans require a credit check as part of the application process, some personal loans and payday loans have no credit checks, which may appeal to some bad credit borrowers.

Keep in mind that even if a loan is available with no credit check, the lender will likely want to confirm that you can afford the repayments on your current income.

What causes bad credit ratings/scores?

Failing to repay loans and bills will damage your credit score. So will falling behind on your repayments. Your credit score will also suffer if you apply for credit too often or have credit applications rejected.

Can I get a personal loan if I receive Centrelink payments?

It is hard, but not impossible, to qualify for a personal loan if you receive Centrelink payments. Some lenders won’t lend money to people who are on welfare. However, other lenders will simply consider Centrelink payments as another factor to weigh up when they assess a person’s capacity to repay a loan.

What is an unsecured bad credit personal loan?

A bad credit personal loan is ‘unsecured’ when the borrower doesn’t offer up an asset (such as a car or jewellery) as collateral or security. Lenders charge higher interest rates on unsecured loans than secured loans.

Can I get a self-employed personal loan with bad credit?

It may be much more difficult for a self-employed borrower to successfully apply for a personal loan if they also have bad credit. Many lenders already consider self-employed borrowers to be riskier than those in full time employment, so several self-employed personal loans require borrowers to have excellent credit.

If you’re a self-employed borrower with a bad credit history, there may still be personal loan options available to you, such as securing your personal loan against a vehicle of equity in a property, though your interest rates may be higher than those of other borrowers. Consider contacting a lender before applying to discuss your options.

What is a personal loan?

A personal loan sits somewhere between a home loan and a credit card loan. Unlike with a credit card, you need to sign a formal contract to access a personal loan – however, the process is easier and faster than taking out a mortgage.

Loan sizes usually range from several hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, while loan terms usually run from one to five years. Personal loans are generally used to consolidate debts, pay emergency bills or fund one-off expenses like holidays.

How do I find out my credit rating/score?

Credit reporting bodies like Equifax, Dun & Bradstreet, Experian and the Tasmanian Collection Service will give you a free credit report once a year. You can also get a free report if you’ve been refused credit in the past 90 days.

Credit reporting bodies have up to 10 days to provide reports. If you want to access your report quickly, you’ll probably have to pay.

How long do personal loans take?

Depending on the lender, some personal loan applications can be approved in as little as one hour, or you may need to wait until the next business day. If approved, you may receive your money on the same day, the next business day, or within the week.

What is a bad credit rating/score?

Credit ratings/scores are calculated by credit reporting bodies such as Equifax, Dun & Bradstreet, Experian and the Tasmanian Collection Service. These are separate organisations, so they use different systems.

Equifax gives scores between 0 and 1,200:

  • 833 to 1,200 = Excellent
  • 726 to 823 = Very good
  • 622 to 725 = Good
  • 510 to 621 = Average
  • 509 or less = Below average

Dun & Bradstreet (through the Credit Simple service) gives scores between 0 and 1,000:

  • 800 to 1,000 = High end
  • 700 to 799 = Great
  • 500 to 699 = Average
  • 300 to 499 = Room to improve
  • 299 or less = Low

Experian gives scores between 0 and 999:

  • 961 to 999 = Excellent
  • 881 to 960 = Good
  • 721 to 880 = Fair
  • 561 to 720 = Poor
  • 0 to 560 = Very poor

The Tasmanian Collection Service doesn’t give scores. Instead, it prepares credit reports for credit providers and then lets those providers make their own assessment.

Do $4000 loans have no credit checks?

Many medium amount loans for $4000 have no credit checks and are instead assessed based on your current ability to repay the loan, rather than by looking at your credit history. While these loans can appear attractive to bad credit borrowers, it’s important to remember that they often have high fees and can prove less affordable than other options.

Personal loans for $4000 are more likely to have longer loan terms and will require a credit check as part of the application process. Bad credit borrowers may see their $4000 loan applications declined or have to pay higher interest rates than good credit borrowers.

Personal Loans Frequently Asked Questions

Can unemployed single parents get personal loans?

It can be more difficult for unemployed borrowers to successfully apply for a personal loan. Most lenders require borrowers to have a regular income available to cover the cost of loan repayments. If you’re self-employed, or if less than half of your income comes from Centrelink, you may not be eligible for some personal loan offers – consider contacting the lender before applying. >

What is a bad credit personal loan?

A bad credit personal loan is a personal loan designed for somebody with a bad credit history. They have higher interest rates than regular personal loans and are also harder to access.