Another source of small amount loans can sometimes be found through local charities

These charities or community groups may provide no interest loan schemes, known as NILS, or low interest loan schemes, known as LILS. These loans may take several weeks for approval and, if you can wait that long and qualify for such a loan, there are also restrictions placed on what and where the loan can be spent, e.g., only on new whitegoods from a certain retail outlet.

If you can meet all of the criteria required to be approved for one of these loans, they can be very financially beneficial to you because, as the names suggest, there is either very low or sometimes no interest charged on these loans.

The ASIC sponsered website called Moneysmart (see link below) gives some more general information on how these loans work.

ASIC Moneysmart
Phone: 1300 300 630

Below is a list of names and website links for you to make direct contact with providers of NILS or LILS loans..  Most of these contact details are for Australia-wide charities so make cotnact with the headoffice and they will steer you towards their office which is nearest to you.

Good Shepherd Microfinance (in conjunction with NAB)
Ph: 13 64 57

Good Shepherd Microfinance
Ph: 13 64 57

NILS NSW No Interest Loan Scheme
Ph: 1800 509 994

St Vincent de Paul Society
Ph: (07) 3010 1029

Ph: 1800 644 556