Nick BendelNick BendelJun 26, 2018(1 min read)

There are two reasons why no credit check loans have a bad reputation:

  1. They usually have high fees
  2. Some people believe the loans are exploitative

Payday lenders aren’t allowed to charge interest, but they are allowed to charge an establishment fee of up to 20 per cent of the loan amount ($200 on a $1,000 loan) and a monthly fee of up to 4 per cent ($40 on a $1,000 loan).

Some people feel it’s wrong to charge such high fees, especially because some borrowers may have a low income and may be struggling with debt.

Related FAQ's

Why do people use no credit check loans?

People use no credit check loans when they have bad credit and need money in a hurry.

Most lenders steer clear of no credit check loans, because they believe it’s too risky to lend to people with a bad credit score. However, some payday lenders are prepared to issue no credit check loans.

A word of warning – no credit check loans generally come with high fees. Payday lenders can’t charge interest, but they are allowed to charge an establishment fee of up to 20 per cent of the loan amount and a monthly fee of up to 4 per cent of the loan amount.

Loan amount Max. establishment fee Max. monthly fee
$500 $100 $20
$1,000 $200 $40
$1,500 $300 $60
$2,000 $400 $80

What's the interest on a $1,000 payday loan?

Payday lenders aren’t allowed to charge interest on $1,000 payday loans (or any other payday loans). However, they are allowed to charge high fees, which may include:

  • An establishment fee of up to 20 per cent (or $200)
  • Monthly fees of up to 4 per cent (or $40)

Depending on the length of your loan, here is the maximum amount you would have to repay with a $1,000 payday loan:

  • 1 month = $1,240
  • 2 months = $1,280
  • 3 months = $1,320
  • 4 months = $1,360
  • 5 months = $1,400
  • 6 months = $1,440
  • 7 months = $1,480
  • 8 months = $1,520
  • 9 months = $1,560
  • 10 months = $1,600
  • 11 months = $1,640
  • 12 months = $1,680

Can I get a $1,500 payday loan with bad credit?

Yes, it may be possible to get a $1,500 payday loan with bad credit. Some payday lenders give loans to people with bad credit histories if they believe the borrower has the capacity to repay the loan.

Under Australia’s responsible lending rules, lenders aren’t allowed to approve $1,500 payday loans if they don’t believe the borrower can make the repayments.

How much does a payday loan cost?

Payday lenders can’t charge interest on payday loans. But you might be charged these fees:

  • A one-off establishment fee of up to 20 per cent of the loan
  • A monthly account-keeping fee of up to 4 per cent of the loan
  • A government fee
  • A penalty fee (if you default on the loan)

For example, imagine you took out a $1,500 payday loan with a 12-month loan term and fortnightly repayments. Here’s how much you might be charged:

  • An establishment fee of $300
  • An account-keeping fee of $60 per month (or $720 over 12 months)

As a result, your repayments would be:

  • $96.92 per fortnight
  • $2,520 in total (equivalent to an interest rate of 68 per cent per annum)

How do $1,500 payday loans work?

A $1,500 payday loan is a loan that is likely to have a fast approval process and charge high fees. Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to receive the money within an hour.

However, if you want the lender to give you the money almost instantly, and without conducting an in-depth credit assessment, you’ll have to pay for the privilege. The lender can charge you a one-off establishment fee of up to 20 per cent (which would be $300 for a $1,500 payday loan) and a monthly account-keeping fee of up to 4 per cent (or $60). Payday lenders can only charge fees – not interest.

What are payday loans?

Payday loans are loans of up to $2,000. Loan terms are generally between 16 days and 12 months, although they can sometimes be longer. Payday loans usually have these three characteristics:

  1. Borrowers need money in a hurry
  2. Applications are assessed rapidly
  3. Loans are expensive (high fees)

Can anyone get instant approval loans?

No. Lenders will only give you an instant approval loan if they believe you have the capacity to repay the loan.

Different lenders have different assessment criteria, but you’ll generally have to meet certain benchmarks regarding your income, spending, employment and identity.

Your application for an instant approval loan might be rejected if:

  • You have a bad credit history
  • You don’t earn enough money
  • You spend too much money
  • Your employment status is not secure
  • You’re not an Australian citizen or resident
  • You’re not at least 18