Credit unions lead the way for low interest rates


Nick Bendel

Nick Bendel

( 2 min read )

A diverse range of small lenders is undercutting the big banks and offering some of the lowest-rate personal loans in Australia.

When it comes to personal loan interest rates, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac are being challenged by customer-owned institutions and non-bank lenders.

Catalyst Money and Illawarra Credit Union – which are both divisions of Community Alliance Credit Union – are offering personal loans with an advertised rate of 5.25 per cent and a comparison rate of 5.89 per cent (see table below).

Non-bank lender 360 Finance also has low-rate personal loans, with its Leisure Finance product priced at 5.49 per cent (comparison rate 6.36 per cent).

G&C Mutual Bank has an advertised rate of 5.99 per cent and a comparison rate of 6.20 per cent for its Fair Rate Personal Loan Diamond product.

By contrast, personal loan interest rates for the big four start from:

  • ANZ 10.99 per cent (comparison rate 11.87 per cent)
  • Commonwealth Bank 12.99 per cent (comparison rate 13.86 per cent)
  • NAB 12.69 per cent (comparison rate 13.56 per cent)
  • Westpac 12.99 per cent (comparison rate 14.14 per cent)
Lender Product Advertised rate Comparison rate
Catalyst Money Online Personal Loan Package 5.25% 5.89%
Illawarra Credit Union Online Personal Loan Package 5.25% 5.89%
360 Finance Leisure Finance 5.49% 6.36%
G&C Mutual Bank Fair Rate Personal Loan Diamond 5.99% 6.20%
Credit Union SA   Special Fixed Rate Personal Loan 5.99% 6.26%
Community First Credit Union Home Improvement Loan 6.12% 6.39%
Police Bank Green Loan 6.49% 6.63%
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Personal Loan – Secured 6.69% 8.41%
Queensland Country Credit Union Reno Loan 6.79% 7.31%
Service One Eco Personal Loan – Secured 6.79% 7.39%

Please note that the cheapest personal loans aren’t necessarily the best personal loans.

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