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Small loans vs medium loans: What you need to know

Higher loan amounts are becoming available from Australia's short-term lenders. Find out what the difference is between a small and a medium loan.

Short-term and smaller lenders have been offering a wider range of loans recently, with many increasing their loan amounts and extending their loan terms. While small amount credit contracts (SACCs), commonly referred to as "payday loans" or short-term loans, are still widely used, medium amount credit contracts (MACCs) are becoming more common. This short guide will take you through what you need to know about each type of loan, and how to work out which is better for you.

Small amount credit contract (SACC) Medium amount credit contract (MACC)
  • Known as short-term loans, payday loans and small loans
  • Loan amounts of up to $2,000
  • Loans repaid between 16 days and one year
  • Referred to as personal loans
  • Loan amounts of between $2,001 and $5,000
  • Loans repaid between 16 days and two years

What's a SACC?

A small amount credit contract (SACC) is the technical name for a loan than is up to $2,000 with repayment terms of between 16 days and one year. These loans are commonly called short-term loans, payday loans or small loans and are heavily regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

What's a MACC?

These are often called personal loans and refer to any personal loan amount of between $2,001 and $5,000. While SACCs are offered by the majority of short-term lenders, larger loan amounts of up to $5,000 are becoming much more common. Any lender offering a MACC must structure fees and interest rates according to ASIC's set regulations (see below).

What about loans larger than $5,000?

Loans above $5,000 fall into a third category. Any personal loan above $5,000 or with a term longer than two years falls into this category, and lenders must comply with the ASIC fees and interest rates cap (see below).

Compare small and medium loans

Updated February 21st, 2019
Name Product Maximum Loan Amount Term of Loan Cash Deposited In Costs Fortnightly Repayment (for $1500 Loan)
Up to 2 years
24 hours
Apply for up to $5,000 and be able to access your approved loan as a convenient line of credit.
12-24 months
Next business day
$400 + 48% p.a. of borrowed amount
A secured loan up to $5,000 you can apply for in 10 minutes. Have up to 2 years to repay what you borrow.
Up to 2 years
1 hour - conditions apply*
Application fee of $400 + 47.62% p.a.
Apply for up to $5,000 and have up to 2 years to repay.
12-24 months
Same day
$400 establishment fee + 48% p.a. interest
A small loan with long terms: Apply for up to $5,000 and have up to 2 years to repay.
3-36 months
Within 24 hours
from 17.9% p.a. + establishment fee of between $460 - $695 + $5 monthly fee
A larger loan up to $10,000 you can apply for even with bad credit. Fast turnaround within 1 business day. Note: You must earn more than $500 per week.
Up to 24 months
24 - 48 hours
$400 (establishment fee; financed under loan) + 48% p.a. interest
A larger loan up to $4,600 available even if you have bad credit. You'll have up to 2 years to repay.

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How much do these loans cost?

  • Establishment fee of 20% of the loan amount
  • Monthly account-keeping fee of 4% of the loan amount
  • Default fees and enforcement expenses if you don't repay the loan
  • One-off establishment fee of $400
  • Maximum annual interest rate of 48%, which includes all other fees and charges
Loans over $5,000
  • Maximum annual interest rate of 48%, which includes all fees and charges

Do banks have to comply with the ASIC fee caps?

No. The fee caps set by ASIC on SACCs, MACCs and loans over $5,000 do not apply to Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs), which include banks, building societies and credit unions. You can check the full list of ADIs on the Australian Prudential Authority's website.

Which providers offer SACCs and MACCs?

These payday loans are offered by non-bank lenders that usually offer specialised loans. Most lenders operating in the short-term credit space are not ADIs and are therefore restricted by the ASIC caps above. The majority focus on SACCs and MACCs but there are larger loans available too.

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