Person in need of a quick loan

Quick loans

Here's how to get a quick loan (and how fast it will get there).

No matter how much you earn or what your credit history is like, you may find yourself in need of a loan to cover an unexpected expense such as a large medical bill or a car repair bill. This is where a quick loan may be an option to consider.

This guide will take you through which lenders offer quick loans, how fast you can expect your cash and what to consider before you apply.

Sunshine Short Term Offer

Sunshine Short Term Offer

  • Bad credit applicants considered
  • Fast approval service
  • Borrow up to $2,000
Security Logo

100% confidential application

Sunshine Short Term Offer

A short term loan with a fast and easy application is available to those with good or bad credit. You can apply today and get approved for up to $2,000.

  • Loan amount: $2,000
  • Loan term: 9-15 weeks
  • Turnaround time: 30 minutes (conditions apply)
  • Fees: 20% of borrowed amount + 4% of borrowed amount each month
  • Bad credit borrowers OK
  • Quick and easy approval
  • No credit checks
Go to site
Promoted

The lenders offering quick loans in Australia

Rates last updated April 22nd, 2018
Name Product Max. Loan Amount Term of Loan Turnaround Time Costs Fortnightly Repayment $1,500 Product Description
Sunshine Short Term Loans
$2,000
9-15 weeks
30 Minutes - conditions apply
20% of loan amount + 4% of loan amount each month
$396
Apply online with Sunshine Loans and you could borrow up to $2,000 paid directly into your account. Family Business since 1999.
Nimble Short Term Loan
$2,000
62 days to 1 year
1 hour - conditions apply*
20% of loan amount + 4% of loan amount each month
$396
Apply for up to $2,000 and have 62 days to 1 year to repay. Note: Centrelink must not be your primary source of income.
Fair Go Finance Small Loan
$2,000
3-12 months
Within 24 hours
Establishment fee from 12% of loan amount + monthly fee from 2%
$354
Apply for a loan from $500 and receive your approved funds in 30 minutes.
Ferratum Cash Loans
$1,900
up to 6 months
Same Day if approved
20% of borrowed amount + 4% of borrowed amount each month
$396
Ferratum lets you apply for up to $1,900 without a credit check.

Compare up to 4 providers

How quickly will I get the loan?

Once you send your application, you will generally be approved or conditionally approved. Once you receive a credit contract agreement (this may be by SMS or email) and have agreed to it, the money will be deposited into your bank account.

The time this takes will depend on who you bank with and when you agree to the loan contract.

Here is a breakdown of the transfer times for some short-term lenders:

LenderHow fast will you get the loan?Find out more
Cash TrainThe following business day once approved. If you bank with one of the Big Four and are approved by 2pm, you can receive it on the same day.More
Credit24The same day if your loan is approved by 3pm. Otherwise, the next business day.More
enablyYou will receive your funds minutes after approval, which takes about one hour.More
MoneyMeAfter you're approved, you should receive your funds within a few hours. If you bank with Commonwealth Bank, you will receive funds within a few minutes, but if you apply outside of business hours, you will receive funds the next business day.More
MoneyspotAfter you're approved, you can receive your money in minutes if you bank with CommBank. If not, you can expect your money within the hour.More
NimbleIf your loan is approved before 4:30pm on a business day, your funds will be transferred that day. The time you receive it depends on your bank. If it's approved after this time, it will be transferred the next day.More
SpeckleOnce your contract has been approved and signed, you will receive your funds within two business days.More
Swoosh FinanceYour loan is usually approved within one hour. Your funds will be transferred to your bank account one hour after you sign your loan contract.More
Sunshine LoansFunds will be in your bank account on the same day your loan is approved and the contract signed. This just needs to be done within business hours.More
Wallet WizardYou can expect your funds to be available two hours after your loan is approved. Keep in mind that this needs to be before 2:30pm.More

“I need a quick loan! Am I eligible?”

This depends on the lender with which you apply. For each lender we compare on finder.com.au, you can check the eligibility criteria on the bottom of the review page.

Generally, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be a permanent Australian resident or citizen
  • Be able to provide identification
  • Be able to provide 90 days’ worth of banking history
  • Be receiving some sort of income (from Centrelink or a job)

How much do quick loans cost?

Lenders are restricted as to how much they can charge you depending on how much you borrow. Below, you'll find information on the maximum they can charge, although some lenders will charge less than this.

  • For loans less than $2,000 with repayment terms between 16 days and one year, there is a 20% establishment fee and 4% monthly fee
  • For loans between $2,001 and $5,000 with repayment terms between 16 days and two years, there is a $400 establishment fee and a maximum rate of 48% p.a.
  • For loans more than $5,000 with repayment terms longer than two years, all fees and charges cannot exceed 48% p.a.

Quick loans vs bank personal loans

Both loans are designed to help finance personal needs, but there are some key differences:

  • Amounts and terms. Personal loans from banks and traditional financial institutions are generally for larger amounts and for longer terms. You’d typically find personal loans over $5,000 for terms of one year or more, whereas payday loans are generally for less than $2,000 and have terms between 16 days and one year.
  • Fees. Banks and credit unions are exempt from the fee restriction imposed on small amount lenders. This means they can charge more than 24% on loans if they choose to.
  • Application and approval. Personal loans from banks and credit unions usually involve a longer application and approval process. While some banks have same-day loans for existing customers, if you apply as a new customer, you will generally have to wait a week or more to be approved and receive your funds.
  • Bad credit. Few traditional banks offer personal loans to those with bad credit, especially if that loan was unsecured. However, lenders offering smaller, quick loans look more at the applicant’s ability to repay rather than black marks on their credit file.

How do you apply for a quick loan?

If you’re in need of a quick financial solution, start by comparing lenders in the table above. Once you’ve found one you’re eligible for, just click "Go to Site" to submit your application. You’ll need to have a few details on hand to complete your application:

  • Personal. You’ll need a driver’s licence, passport or something to show your identity, your contact details and other similar information.
  • Financial. How much do you earn? Do you have any debts?
  • Employment. If you’re employed, you’ll need to submit details regarding your occupation and your employer’s details. If you receive income from Centrelink, you will need to provide this information.
  • Banking details. Lenders usually need to check 90 days’ worth of your bank statements plus account details to send you your loan.

If you find yourself in need of a quick loan, there are options available. By comparing lenders you can find a quick cash loan that will work for you and that will get you the money when you need it. Start your comparison and apply today.

What can I use my quick loan for?

How you intend to use your loan can come with restrictions. If you have a need for the money and you have the ability to repay it, you can apply and use the quick cash loan amount in any way you choose. However, some lenders may ask how you intend to use the loan amount.

If you’re planning to use your quick loan to cover utility bills, you may want to get in touch with your utility company first to see if there are payment plans available. Also, if you’re applying for a quick loan to cover necessities or to make repayments on existing debts, you may want to consider a longer term solution to your credit needs.

Are quick loans safe?

Before you apply for any type of credit product, it’s important to find out if it’s safe. When you apply, there are a few ways to check if your lender is reputable.

First, you can see if there is a credit licence listed on the lender's site and if the lender is easily contactable. You can also check if it is registered on ASIC Connect’s Professional Registers.

Make sure you check the information about fees and rates as well, including what you’ll be charged if you are late with your repayments. Most lenders operate in the online space, so you can see how secure their application is (lenders usually provide this information). If you have questions, give the lender a call and see how easy it is to get in contact with them.

Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Related Posts

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, read the PDS or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

8 Responses

  1. Default Gravatar
    JodieOctober 12, 2017

    I need a small loan of 2000 to register a car – I am on a pension , why Am I getting refused and what is my best option ?

    • Default Gravatar
      MariaOctober 13, 2017

      Hi Jodie,

      Please note that the approval of your application would depend on the lender’s assessment of your financial situation and ability to make loan repayments.

      You may want to check out this page on Pensioner Loans for lenders that consider pension as a source of income for your loan application.

      Before applying, please ensure to read the details, as well as the relevant Product Disclosure Statements/ Terms and Conditions of the option before making a decision and consider whether the product is right for you.

      Best,
      Maria

  2. Default Gravatar
    RajibApril 20, 2016

    I need huge amount of money because open small industry can u helping me

    • Staff
      ElizabethApril 20, 2016Staff

      Hi Rajib,

      We do not offer the loans ourselves but you can compare larger loans up to $10,000 on this page. If you’re after a business loan, you can find some of your options on this page.

      Hope this will help,

      Elizabeth

  3. Default Gravatar
    LouiseJanuary 19, 2016

    Why is cash converters not listed?

    • Staff
      ElizabethJanuary 20, 2016Staff

      Hi Louise,

      You can find Cash Converters listed under the ‘Cash lenders’ panel on the side of the page, and also more information on this page.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

  4. Default Gravatar
    SackNovember 28, 2015

    Can Canadian resident apply too?

    • Staff
      ElizabethNovember 30, 2015Staff

      Hi Sack,

      Unfortunately you’ve come through to an Australian financial comparison website and these lenders only approve loans to Australian residents. You’ll need to get in touch with a Canadian lender to find a loan for you.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

Ask a question
Go to site