Am I eligible for a loan if I am unemployed?

Getting finance has become an increasing need these days and it makes it all the more harder if you are unemployed.

Most financiers will only consider you as an applicant if you are currently employed. You need to show evidence that you are committed in paying off your debts and can afford it on a regular basis. Financiers want to feel comfortable that they will receive their money back on time and in full. Another factor you should keep in mind is that lenders automatically allocate a part of your wage towards your children if they are under the age of 16. If there is no excess money left, you will be left with no capacity therefore unable to cater for a new loan.

Other factors that are taken into account are:

–          Your living circumstances: That is, if you are renting, own a house, mortgage or boarding.

–          Previous loan history: All payments are paid on time without any defaults.

–          Credit History: Financiers will check your credit history for defaults, bankruptcies and if you have made yourself a busy credit file. If you have done more than 5 applications within the year, this may destroy your chances of getting financed.

If you are after a small amount i.e. $500 you may want to consider a pay day loan. However, if you are wanting $5000 or more you should consider working at least part-time to show that you will be able to repay your new loan.

If you are a pensioner or receive government funds it is advisable that you speak to a consultant before you start applying anywhere.  There may be another way around, for instance: having a co-borrower or taking out a joint application, however these circumstances are quite rare when unemployed.

If you wish to have a chat about your options, don’t hesitate to contact us and one of our staff would be more than happy to assist. You can find us at or give us a call on 1300 955 791.

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