Vinnies No Interest Loans (NILs)


To enquire: Call 1800 484 664 or email us at

What is NILs?

NILs offers Small Loans up to $1,500 for low income families and individuals across NSW.

How does it work?

The No Interest Loans (NILs) is for individuals and families on low incomes. We give you access to safe, fair and affordable lending, so you can buy the essential items you need.

You can borrow up to $1,500 (or $2,000 if you have experienced family violence). Loans are repaid over a 12-18 month period, and you’ll only have to repay what you’ve borrowed – no extras.

It is worth considering a NILs loan first before seeking other expensive options for credit like a payday loan or rent to buy.

Enquire now to find out if a NILs loan is the right option for you.




Do I qualify for a loan?

To be eligible for help through NILs, you must:
  • have a Health Care Card or Pension Card, OR earn less than $45,000 per year after tax ($60,000 for couples or people with dependents)
  • have lived at your current or previous address for more than three months. However, there are some Exceptional circumstances including:
    • Applicants in transitional housing;
    • People experiencing family violence;
    • Those is state/community housing transfer
    • Applicants who have not had an address for an extended period
    • Those struggling to obtain a proof of residency (e.g. remote areas)
  • be able and willing to repay the loan

What can I purchase?

NILs loans can be used for essential goods and services. These may include:
  • Household items like fridges, washing machines, TVs and furniture
  • Educational needs such as laptops, tablets, textbooks, course fees, uniforms and school excursions
  • Car repairs, tyres, green slips and vehicle registration
  • Medical and dental expenses
  • Some other essentials, as requested

Your loan cannot be used to pay rent, bills, fines or debts, or for living expenses such as groceries.

We reserve the right to determine your suitability on a case-by-case basis.

How do I apply?

Contact our Vinnies No Interest Loans team on 1800 484 664 or email

More instructions:

We will explain the application process to you and ask for some documents to show you are eligible for a loan.

Once you have compiled all the required documents in the NILs Documents Checklist to or post to PO Box 5, Petersham NSW 2049.

From there, you will be invited to discuss your application in a follow-up interview via phone. Interviews usually take between 30 minutes to one hour.

Following your interview, your loan is submitted for assessment and we will inform you of the outcome within 2 business days.

Please note that loans cannot be used for the following:

Bonds and rent, food, bills (gas, electricity, telephone, etc.), cash advances, fines or penalties, debt repayment/consolidation, removalist costs (unless leaving family violence), car repairs other than tyres and windscreens, used cars, second-hand goods, lay-by, microenterprise (including tools/equipment to be used for starting up a business), airfares, clothing and bundling small goods (e.g. kettles, toasters, blenders and sandwich press etc.)

Testimonials from NILs recipients:

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for helping me. You don’t realise how much something as simple as running hot water can make your life just that little bit better. Certainly beats heating it up over a fire in a pot. Seriously though, you were amazing. You have got no idea how much I appreciate it. It is a very hard time for us right now but you have helped to make it easier. So again, thank you so much.” RB

“I am grateful to you for your kindness that you displayed by accepting my application for a loan. I was in incredible need for cash as I needed to register my car before getting fined. I am extremely grateful for NILS because the speed that has been shown in processing my application is commendable.” NN

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