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Personal loan interest rates: June 2021

By Peter Marshall ·

There were a range of changes to personal loan interest rates in May, including both increases and decreases. Predominantly, adjustments were made to unsecured loans, with two top lenders and two of the big four dropping their rates. There were also a couple of changes made in the secured loan space. 

For unsecured personal loan interest rates, there were more cuts made than increases. Both ANZ and CommBank decreased their rates, with ANZ adjusting both its variable and fixed offering while CommBank slashed its fixed rate. A small but notable change came from top personal loan lender Alex, which cut its Personal Loan rate by 4 basis points. This kept this online product as the lowest unsecured fixed rate on the Mozo database again this month with rates from 5.45% (5.45% comparison rate*). 

Another lender worth mentioning is SocietyOne, as they both hiked up and dropped their rates - depending on a customer’s credit score. On its Unsecured Personal Loan (Excellent Credit), SocietyOne cut the rate by 44 basis points to 5.95% (6.64% comparison rate*) the fourth lowest unsecured fixed rate on the Mozo database. The lender also slashed its rate on the same product for customers with ‘average credit’ by 150 basis points to 13.49% (15.75% comparison rate*). Meanwhile, SocietyOne also made increases for customers that sit within the ‘very good credit’ or ‘good credit’ brackets. For those with ‘very good credit’ the rate went up by 50 basis points to 9.99% (11.21% comparison rate*), while for those with ‘good credit’ the rate was hiked up by 150 basis points to 11.99% (12.42% comparison rate*). 

Heritage Bank and Southern Cross Credit Union also decreased their unsecured personal loan fixed rates. Plus, Southern Cross Credit Union also dropped its fixed secured loan. 

Despite these changes, the leading personal loan lenders on the Mozo database have remained the same. The best multi-purpose unsecured personal loan variable rate belongs to Symple Loans with rates starting from 5.75% (6.47% comparison rate*). Similarly, Alex holds the top unsecured personal loan fixed rate starting from 5.45% (5.45% comparison rate*). Plus, Australian Military Bank still offers the best green personal loan rate on the Mozo database. 

For secured loans, Illawarra Credit Union has the best rate starting at 5.25% (5.89% comparison rate*) on its Online Personal Loan Package. The top secured multi-purpose loan is still offered by Credit Union SA, with its Online-Only Fixed Rate Personal Loan at 4.25% (4.73% comparison rate*).  

To check out more on how interest rates are tracking in other banking products for June take a look at our snapshots for Home Loan Interest Rates, Car Loan Interest Rates, Savings Accounts Interest Rates or Term Deposit Interest Rates.

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Peter Marshall
Banking expert

Peter has been working in the Australian banking and finance industry for over 20 years and oversees Mozo’s extensive product database. He is regularly sought out for his expert commentary and analysis on banking and interest rates trends by print, radio and TV media.

Latest personal loan interest rates on Mozo - last updated 21 June 2021

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    No Fee Unsecured Personal Loan

    Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.95% p.a.to 17.95% p.a.
    5.95% p.a.to 17.95% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 2 to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.95% would cost $34,757.21 including fees.

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    Personal Loan

    Unsecured, Fixed, Excellent Credit

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.44% p.a.to 7.49% p.a.
    5.44% p.a.to 8.19% p.a.based on $30,000
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    Terms from 3 to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.44% would cost $34,332.26 including fees.

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    Low Rate Personal Loan (Fixed, Unsecured)

    Excellent Credit

    interest rate
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    6.29% p.a.to 8.48% p.a.
    6.36% p.a.to 8.69% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 1 to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.29% would cost $35,192.28 including fees.

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    Unsecured Personal Loan

    Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.49% p.a.to 19.95% p.a.
    6.76% p.a.to 20.26% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 3 to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.49% would cost $35,405.64 including fees.

    Low personalised rates, ideal for borrowers with excellent credit. No monthly account fees, no early payout fees, so you can pay off your loan sooner. Borrow between $5,000 and $63,000. Easy online application, receive a response in minutes and approved funds within 24-48 hours!

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    Personal Loan

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.25% p.a.to 19.95% p.a.
    7.64% p.a.to 21.35% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 1 to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.25% would cost $36,103.67 including fees.

    Enjoy flexibility with the ability to make additional repayments. Borrowers with excellent credit rating can receive interest rates as low as 6.25% fixed rate (7.64% comparison rate*). Loan terms between 1 to 5 years.

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    Unsecured Personal Loan

    Excellent Credit, Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.95% p.a.to 10.49% p.a.
    5.95% p.a.to 12.83% p.a.based on $10,000
    over 3 years

    Terms from 2 to 5 years. Representative example: a 3 year $10,000 loan at 5.95% would cost $10,943.74 including fees.

    Be rewarded for your good credit history with low rates. Plus there are no ongoing fees and you can pay off your loan with no early repayment penalties. Simply apply online and get a quote in minutes.

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    Personal Loan

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.75% p.a.
    7.10% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 1 to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.75% would cost $35,680.23 including fees.

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    Unsecured Personal Loan

    Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.35% p.a.to 24.79% p.a.
    6.14% p.a.to 25.74% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 1 to 5 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.35% would cost $34,832.61 including fees.

    Fast, easy and 100% online, this is a low cost loan with no ongoing fees or extra repayment penalties. It's perfect for savvy borrowers with great credit. If you’re over 18 and earn above $30,000, you'll likely qualify.

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    Unsecured Personal Loan

    Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    9.39% p.a.
    9.64% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 1 to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 9.39% would cost $37,881.66 including fees.

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    No Fee Secured Personal Loan

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    4.45% p.a.to 15.45% p.a.
    4.45% p.a.to 15.45% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 2 to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 4.45% would cost $33,516.53 including fees.

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    Personal Loan

    Fixed, Unsecured

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.99% p.a.to 18.99% p.a.
    7.91% p.a.to 19.83% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 1 to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.99% would cost $36,383.67 including fees.

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    Standard Personal Loan

    Fixed, Unsecured

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    7.99% p.a.
    8.62% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Terms from 1 to 7 years. Representative example: a n/a year $0 loan at 7.99% would cost $6,988.90 including fees.

    Heritage Bank discounted rates for loans starting from $5,000 to $25,000 and a choice of loan terms up to five years.

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*WARNING: The Comparison Rate combines the lender's interest rate, fees and charges into a single rate to show the true cost of a personal loan. The comparison rates displayed are calculated based on a loan of $30,000 for a term of 5 years or a loan of $10,000 for a term of 3 years as indicated, based on monthly principal and interest repayments, on a secured basis for secured loans and an unsecured basis for unsecured loans. This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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FAQ

How are personal loan interest rates calculated? 

Personal loan lenders set their own interest rates on their products, however they are influenced by the official cash rate set by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). 

After its monthly meeting, the RBA will announce whether they have made changes to the official cash rate. This could be increasing, decreasing or keeping it the same. There are a number of things that influence the shift of the rate, including spending and  employment stats, as well as inflation and economic growth. In order to slow borrowing, economic activity and inflation, the RBA will make the rate higher. Alternatively however, if they want to stimulate these things they will lower it. 

Generally speaking, Australian lenders adjust interest rates after the RBA makes its announcement.

What types of personal loan interest rates are there? 

There are two types of personal loan interest rates: variable or fixed. The rate can influence how much your repayments are and ultimately how much the loan will cost you overall. Plus, there is also the comparison rate to be aware of, which encompasses not only the headline rate but fees as well.

Read on for a deeper look into how each type of interest rate works. 

Variable rates

One option when choosing a personal loan is a variable rate. This type of rate can change over the life of the loan, and move up or down as the market moves. Where variable rates are handy is if rates are slashed, as you’ll end up paying less in interest than when you took out the loan. But it can also work in the opposite way, if rates are hiked up you’ll face a larger interest repayment than you did before. 

The bonus of a variable personal loan is that you are unlikely to be charged an early repayment penalty if you pay off your loan ahead of schedule. So a variable option may be right for you if you are okay with potential changes to your rate and plan to make additional repayments.  

Fixed rates

Alternatively, you could go for a fixed rate instead. This is where you get the same interest rate over the whole duration of the loan. So, if you are consistent with your regular repayments, you’ll end up paying the same amount each week, fortnight or month. 

The benefit here is that if interest rates are increased, your loan won’t be affected as you’ve locked in your rate. On the other hand, it also means that if rates go down yours won’t change either. And it’s also important to note that unlike variable rate personal loans, on fixed options lenders are more likely to charge an early repayment fee.  

What is a comparison rate?

When weighing up different personal loan options, it’s crucial to consider the comparison rate. Unlike the headline rate, it combines both the interest and fees you will pay as well. 


In accordance with the National Credit Code, it is a requirement that Aussie lenders advertise comparison rates on their products. This is because it is a more accurate representation of what the loan might actually cost, rather than the headline rate alone. In most cases, the comparison rate is higher as the addition of fees and charges on the loan make it more costly to the customer. So it’s important that when you are looking at potential personal loan products, you ensure the headline rate and comparison rate aren’t extremely different. Because if they are, it means you’ll likely face a number of hefty costs on the loan. 

Want a hand to start comparing? Check out the Mozo personal loan comparison calculator

Online lenders vs banks: how do their interest rates compare? 

When it comes to online lenders versus banks, there’s not much difference in interest rates. Instead you should consider the way you plan to manage your loan and what your preferences are. 

On the one hand, if you like traditional forms of banking, including the option to head to your local branch, choosing a personal loan from a bank may be better for you. However, if you don’t mind managing your loan online, weigh up both banks and digital lenders to see who offers the most competitive rates. 

How does my credit score affect the interest rate of my personal loan? 

More and more Australian personal loan lenders are offering customers customised interest rates based on their credit score. This is called risk-based pricing, where interest rates are determined in accordance with how likely a lender thinks the borrower is to default on their loan. 


How do you know if a loan offers risk-based pricing? Well, instead of advertising one rate, they’ll be a minimum and maximum rate on offer. Based on a customer’s credit history, a lender is able to offer a rate that sits anywhere between the two numbers advertised. So, to put it simply, those with excellent credit will receive a low rate and those with poor credit will receive a high rate. 

While this type of pricing model may sound like it only benefits those with a good credit score, it actually opens up more opportunities for those with bad credit, too. As in some cases, lenders that don’t have risk-based pricing may deny them the loan all together. 

How can I get the best interest rate on a personal loan? 

There’s a range of different things to consider when choosing the best personal loan interest rate for you, along with a number of lenders to weigh up. So make sure you shop around and read the fine print so that the loan you sign up for fits in your budget. 

A great starting point is right here at Mozo! We have a range of handy tools to help you: 

Plus, if you are after more on loan products in general you can check out our loans page or more interest rate guides.

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Peter Marshall
Banking expert

Peter Marshall has been working in the Australian banking and finance industry for over 20 years and oversees Mozo’s extensive product database. He is regularly sought out for his expert commentary and analysis on banking and interest rates trends by print, radio and TV media.

FAQs about personal loan interest rates

Should I choose a personal loan with a fixed or variable rate? 

There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to decking between a fixed or variable rate. Consider your financial situation and figure out what you think will suit it best. Refer to the breakdown of variable and fixed rates above for more information. 

How are personal loan repayments calculated?

A number of things affect how your personal loan repayment is calculated. These include the interest rate you receive, your repayment schedule (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) and the length of your loan. 

Simply put, your repayment is made up of two parts: your principal, which is what you borrowed, and interest, which is what the bank charges for lending you the money. Initially, a larger amount of your repayment goes towards paying interest but as your principal lessens the amount of interest you pay reduces. So as your loan comes to an end, most of your repayment goes towards the principal amount, not interest. 

For the specifics on how much your interest might be on a personal loan you’re considering, take a look at our personal loan repayments calculator

What are some personal loan features? 

While finding a personal loan with a killer interest rate should be one of your top priorities, another thing to compare are the features. These often help with making repayments more flexible and can sometimes assist you pay down your loan sooner. 

Some include: 

  • Free extra repayments 

  • Redraw facility 

  • Weekly, fortnightly and/or monthly repayment schedule options

  • Variety of loan terms   

But keep in mind, try to keep your fees low. Don’t end up coughing up too much for things like application fees, monthly fees, exit fees or early repayment fees. 

Are personal loan rates negotiable? 

It’s important to remember that when looking around for a personal loan, you may be able to negotiate with a lender on what they are initially offering. While they don’t promote the fact that rates are negotiable, it may be worth asking, especially if you’ve seen a more competitive product with another lender. 

Ultimately, lenders want your business. So they may be open to taking a small decrease in your interest repayments to ensure they don’t lose you as a customer. 

How can I reduce the amount of interest I pay on a personal loan? 

The aim when taking out a personal loan is to pay as little interest as possible. Other than locking in a competitive rate, there are also other tricks to keeping your interest repayments to a minimum. 

  • Make extra repayments where you can to reduce your principal and interest you pay. 

  • Choose a shorter term to reduce the length of time you pay interest. 

  • If you don’t need a loan straight away, make moves to improve your credit score so you can receive a lower rate on your loan.