Nick BendelNick BendelJun 26, 2018(1 min read)

People often use $500 payday loans when their savings are exhausted and they get hit with an expense that feels urgent. Examples include:

  • Rent
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • School fees
  • Medical bills
  • Vet bills
  • Car repairs
  • Mortgage repayments
  • Funeral costs
  • Family holidays

Related FAQ's

Should I take out a $1,000 payday loan?

As a general rule, you should think very carefully before you take out a $1,000 payday loan – and proceed only if you’ve explored all other options. That’s because payday loans generally have very high fees.

Before you take out a $1,000 payday loan, you might want to call the National Debt Hotline or investigate the No Interest Loan Scheme.

Should I take out a payday loan?

As a general rule, you should take out a payday loan only if there are no other options. That’s because payday loans are usually very expensive.

Payday lenders can’t charge interest – they can only charge fees. But the fees can be steep, so your borrowing costs might be equivalent to paying an interest rate of more than 500 per cent.

How long do you have to repay a $1,200 payday loan?

Depending on the lender, you’ll generally be given between 16 days and 12 months to repay a $1,200 payday loan. 

As a general rule, the longer your loan term, the more the loan will ultimately cost you, because most payday lenders charge monthly account-keeping fees.

What are instant approval loans?

Instant approval loans are payday loans that have a very short assessment process. Please note that the name is a bit misleading, because no assessment can ever be instantaneous and approval can never be guaranteed.

Taking out an instant approval loan involves a four-step process:

  1. You fill in the payday loan application
  2. Your application is assessed
  3. Your application is approved
  4. The lender transfers the funds to your bank account

With some payday lenders, the process is so quick that it may be completed within an hour. However, even if the payment is made that quickly, it might then take two business days for the money to arrive in your bank account.

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.

Where can I get a $1,000 payday loan?

Australia has several dozen lenders that offer $1,000 payday loans. These payday loan providers tend to be smaller, lesser-known non-bank lenders rather than well-known big banks. Generally, they’re online-only businesses, which means you’d have to apply for your $1,000 payday loan over the internet. However, there are some payday lenders that also allow in-store applications.

Why do no credit check loans have a bad reputation?

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.