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Am I eligible for a personal loan?

Find out everything you need to know about personal loan eligibility to give yourself the best chance of being approved.

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Applying for a personal loan, whether it's secured or unsecured, fixed rate or variable, or for $3,000 or $30,000, is a big financial step. Finding the right loan can be difficult and getting approved can often be even harder. Every loan application you make is listed on your credit file, so you want to make sure you're eligible before you apply.

Below you'll find a guide to each of the eligibility criteria that lenders consider when you apply for a personal loan. While standards differ between lenders, there are some general rules that will help you get approved.

Read our guide to get a better understanding of how to work out if you are eligible for a loan and where to find a loan that will meet your needs.

See if you'll be eligible to apply

  • Income. Lenders will either have a set minimum income that you need to earn, for example, $35,000 p.a., or only require that you earn a regular permanent income. In the case of the latter, it's best that you determine whether the loan you're applying for will be affordable on your current budget.
  • Employment. This differs among lenders. If they have an employment requirement, it may be that you need to be in "regular" employment, meaning you can't be casually employed. If you are casually employed or work part-time you will still have loan options. For other lenders, they may just require additional details for self-employed borrowers.
  • Centrelink. Many banks and lenders do accept Centrelink as a form of income for personal loans. However, you will need to be earning a supplementary income and will need to meet the minimum income requirement.
  • Credit history. You will generally need good credit history to apply for a personal loan, especially if you're applying at a traditional bank. If you do have a few negative marks on your credit file, you may be able to apply with your current bank if you have good transaction history or go with a bad credit personal loan lender.
  • Loan security. If you're applying for a secured loan, such as a car loan, your secured asset may also need to meet certain eligibility criteria. For instance, the vehicle you use as security may need to be under a certain age or be of a certain value. Some lenders only finance new cars, but you can also find loan options for used cars.
  • Assets, debts and expenses. You will be asked to list your assets, debts and expenses on your application and these will all inform the lender's decision as to whether to approve you for a loan. Assets may boost your application whereas debts, such as credit cards, store cards or other loans, can hinder your applications. Expenses are always estimated but lenders generally have a good idea when you're under or overestimating based on the data of other customers.
  • Age and residency. Regardless of which personal loan you're applying for, you will generally need to be over the age of 18 and either an Australian citizen or permanent resident. There are some personal loans that are available to those on working visas, but they will have additional eligibility criteria.

Tips to get your personal loan over the line

If you're unsure about your eligibility or worried you may not be approved, consider the following tips to help give your personal loan application a boost:

  • Open a transaction account with the lender you're applying with. If you're applying with a bank that has transaction accounts and the personal loan isn't time-sensitive, establishing a banking history with the lender can help get your application across the line. It can also speed up the application process.
  • Reduce the limit of your credit card/s. Not using your entire credit card limit? Consider lowering it if you're not planning to use it soon. You'll need to list the total limits of your credit cards on your personal loan application and any credit limit will be seen as a potential debt by the lender.
  • Pay off some of your credit card before applying. While the Australian credit scoring system doesn't work in the same way as the US, where paying off your credit card can lower your credit score, it may help your loan application. If you take a look at your loan application (before submitting it) and the lender asks what is owing on your credit cards, see if you can pay down the cards before sending in the application. Lenders are able to check the limit of your card on your credit file but not the amount owing, this is up to you to tell them.
  • Make sure you're out of your employment probation period before you apply. Lenders don't want to take the chance of giving you a loan during your probation period. They will not approve a loan if you haven't been employed at least three months, no matter how secure you tell them the role is. If you have been employed six months the lender may call your employer to confirm you're out of your probation period.

Remember that no personal loan application is guaranteed, so use the guide above to ensure you're giving yourself the best chance of approval you can.

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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison Rate (p.a.) Min Loan Amount Loan Term Application Fee Monthly Service Fee Monthly Repayment
ING Personal Loan
8.99% (fixed)
9.13%
$5,000
2 to 5 years
$100
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 8.99% p.a.
Benefit from no ongoing fees, no early repayment fees and flexible loan terms on amounts up to $30,000.
CUA Unsecured Fixed Rate Personal Loan
9.89% (fixed)
10.14%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$175
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 9.89% p.a.
An unsecured loan from $5,000 with flexible repayments and no monthly fee.
Wisr Personal Loan

From 7.95% (fixed)
8.78%
$5,000
3 to 5 years
$595 (Establishment Fee)
$0
You'll receive a variable rate between 7.95% p.a. and 19.45% p.a. based on your risk profile
A loan from $5,000 that charges no fees for extra or early repayments. Keep in mind security is required in some cases.
SocietyOne Unsecured Personal Loan

From 7.50% (fixed)
9.51%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$300 (Based on $10,000)
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate between 7.50% p.a. and 20.49% p.a. based on your risk profile
A loan from $5,000 to use for a range of purposes. Benefit from no ongoing fees and no early repayment fee.
CUA Unsecured Variable Personal Loan
11.89% (variable)
12.15%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$175
$0
You'll receive a variable rate of 11.89% p.a.
Borrow from $5,000 with the option for flexible repayments and no monthly fees.
CUA Discount Variable Personal Loan (Loans over $30,000)
10.89% (variable)
11.15%
$30,000
1 to 7 years
$175
$0
You'll receive a discounted variable rate of 10.89% p.a.
Borrow over $30,000 and receive a discounted interest rate. No monthly fees and a redraw facility also available.
OurMoneyMarket Personal Loan

From 7.65% (fixed)
8.35%
$2,000
1 to 7 years
1.5–6% of your total loan amount
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate from 7.65% p.a. to 25.25% p.a. based on your risk profile
A personalised loan from $2,000 to $50,000 that varies based on your credit history and financial situation.
SocietyOne Unsecured Personal Loan

From 7.50% (fixed)
9.51%
$10,000
2 to 5 years
from 3% of loan amount
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate between 7.50% p.a. and 20.49% p.a. based on your risk profile
A loan from $10,000 to use for a range of purposes. Benefit from no ongoing fees and no early repayment fee.
MoneyPlace Unsecured Personal Loan

From 7.65% (fixed)
7.65%
$5,000
3 to 7 years
0% to 5.5% of loan amount, capped at $950
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate between 7.65% p.a. and 26.99% p.a. based on your risk profile
A no-frills personal loan that you can use for any purpose. Loan amounts available up to $50,000 and early repayments allowed.
Liberty Personal Loan

From 7.65% (fixed)
7.65%
$5,000
3 to 7 years
0% to 5.5% of loan amount, capped at $950
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate of 7.65% p.a. to 26.99% p.a. based on your risk profile
Apply for a credit limit from $5,000 to $50,000 on terms from 3 to 7 years and pay no ongoing fees or charges.
RateSetter Unsecured Variable Personal Loan

From 7.89% (variable)
9.90%
$2,001
1 to 2 years
$199 (based on $10,000)
$0
You'll receive a variable rate from 7.89% p.a and 13.39% p.a. based on your risk profile
A flexible loan with amounts from $2,001 and terms starting from 12 months. Benefit from transparent costs and a rate estimate before you apply.
RateSetter Unsecured Fixed Personal Loan

From 7.89% (fixed)
8.73%
$2,001
3 to 5 years
$249 (based on $30,000)
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate between 7.89% p.a. and 14.89% p.a. based on your risk profile
A flexible loan with amounts from $2,001 and terms starting from 3 years. Interest and comparison rates calculated for a loan term of 5 years.
Harmoney Unsecured Personal Loan

From 6.99% (fixed)
7.69%
$2,000
3 to 5 years
$500 ($200 for loans of below $5,000)
$0
You'll receive a fixed rate between 6.99% p.a. and 28.69% p.a. based on your risk profile.
Apply for a loan up to $50,000 and repay your loan over 3 or 5 years terms.
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Harmoney Unsecured Personal Loan

You'll receive a fixed rate between 6.99% p.a. and 28.69% p.a. based on your risk profile.
Apply for a loan up to $50,000 and repay your loan over 3 or 5 years terms.

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NAB Personal Loan Unsecured Fixed

You'll receive a fixed rate between 9.99% p.a. and 18.99% p.a. ( 10.66% p.a. to 19.59% p.a. comparison rate) based on your risk profile
An unsecured loan up to $55,000 you can use for a range of purposes and pay off over up to 7 years. Note: Majority of customers will get the headline rate of 12.69% p.a. (13.34% p.a. comparison rate) or less. See Comparison rate warning in (i) above. Application fee of $150 waived off.

Logo for SocietyOne Unsecured Personal Loan
SocietyOne Unsecured Personal Loan

You'll receive a fixed rate between 7.5% p.a. and 20.49% p.a. based on your risk profile
A loan from $10,000 to use for a range of purposes. Benefit from no ongoing fees and no early repayment fee.

Logo for Pepper Money Unsecured Fixed Rate Personal Loan
Pepper Money Unsecured Fixed Rate Personal Loan

You'll receive a fixed rate between 7.95% p.a. and 16.95% p.a. based on your risk profile
A loan from $5,000 to use for a range of purposes. Make additional repayments or pay off the loan early, penalty-free.

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    LindaJune 9, 2016

    Hi just wanted to know if you have any advice for me I am looking for a loan to consolidate my debt I am so stressed and feel like there no hope at the moment I know that if someone would just give me the chance they would not regret it I am employed full time (7years)own a car (8000) and own my home 800000 my debt is about 20000 dollar any help would be greatly appreciated thanks

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      ElizabethJune 9, 2016Staff

      Hi Linda,

      Unfortunately I can’t recommend any lenders to you – you can compare your personal loan options here and click through to the review pages to find eligibility criteria for each loan. If you meet the criteria you are eligible to apply.

      If you’re looking to financial advice you can call the free financial counselling hotline on 1800 007 007.

      I hope this helps,

      Elizabeth

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