Community Finance information in relation to: Pine Rivers N.I.L.S No Interest Loan Scheme, Money Saving Tips, and the AddsUp Saving Plan

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If you are not eligible for a NILS® loan or have other credit and debt issues, contact the Credit and Debt Hotline on 1800 808 488 for help and assistance. There may be other options available, such as talking to a free and confidential financial counsellor to get your finances sorted.

No Interest Loans Scheme

NILS is a community-based program offering applicants on a low income no interest loans to the value of up to $1,200 for essential household goods and services.

Encircle runs a No Interest Loans Scheme for people on low incomes in partnership with Foresters Group.

The loans are for one essential item or service to a maximum of $1200.

Ideal for White Goods, Education Expenses, Beds and Furniture, Essential Health Equipment or Emergency House Repairs. Please note that loans cannot be issued for bond and rent money arrears, bills, living expenses such as food, petrol, gas, electricity, car repairs, car registration, telephone bills, layby, cash advances, debt repayments and consolidation, second hand items or purchase of vehicles.

Payments to a third party for a private sale also cannot be approved under the NILS program.

NILS providers outside of our locality can be located here. Step Up Loans to a value of $3000 can also be obtained from other providers. More information on Step Up Loans can be found here.

NILS is available to community members on a low income who are not experiencing financial hardship. If you are in financial hardship, please contact Encircle on 3889 0063 to explore other ways we may be able to assist you.

See also:

NILS Introductory Guide [pdf]

Foresters Group – Privacy Policy and Credit Reporting Collections Statement [pdf]

NILS - Quick Details

Loan Amount $800 – $1,200

Loan Term 9 – 18 Months

Flexible repayments to suit your budget

Fees Nil

Interest Rates Nil

To apply you need

  • to be 18 years or older
  • to be a permanent resident of Australia

To qualify you need

  • to be able to repay a loan
  • to be willing to take responsibility for your financial position

Saving Tips

Tip: If you are on a low income, find ways to save on living expenses and avoid money traps.

Download our Savings Tips Brochure for some ideas.

Community Supermarkets

Tip: A number of community supermarkets operate in the area and sell food at extremely low cost ($1, $2 or free).

  • Sowers 29 Lamington Road, Mango Hill (Weekdays 9am to 12pm) on 07 3889 1464
  • World Harvest 53 Telegraph Rd, Bald Hills (Weekdays 9am—4pm)

Avoid Payday Loans

Tip: Payday loans attract huge fees and interest rates (48{04bfee239b9c6717dad30188b6e7d2c2d2777ddf08c10917cb25cabd3c684bb5}) and often lead people into a cycle of debt.

If you need advice on getting out of a debt trap with a payday lender contact the Consumer Action Law Centre on 1800 466 477.

Energy Saving

Tip: Energy costs are increasing and some energy companies use estimates instead of actual readings.

If you don’t understand your bill or want to reduce your energy costs, contact the Home Energy Saving Scheme on 1800 007 001

Free Second Hand Goods

Tip: You can get free second hand goods and furniture through Freecycle, a Yahoo group supporting recycling.

You can also buy goods 2nd hand through eBay, Weekend Shopper, and facebook

Home Assist Secure

Tip: Seniors and those with disabilities can get help with house repairs and home security.

Contact Home Assist Secure on 07 3889 1852 or 07 3889 1849 (after hrs)

Be Money Smart

Get educated about money matters to get on top of your finances. Find unclaimed money, learn how to budget and find out what all that money jargon means.

For more information, contact Money Smart

Low Income Loans & Plans

Tip: Low Interest and No Interest Loans are available for essential household items through community organisations.

Some banks also have matched savings schemes (eg if you save $500, they will match it with another $500).

Contact:

  • Pine Rivers N.I.L.S 
  •  (up to $3000 at 5.99{04bfee239b9c6717dad30188b6e7d2c2d2777ddf08c10917cb25cabd3c684bb5}) on 07 3808 4529 or 07 3716 1206
  • ANZ Saver Plus (Matched Savings for education up to $500) on 1300 610 355

Debt Counselling

Tip: When your finances are getting out of control and you have increasing debts, get help as early as possible.

These organisations can help:

AddsUP savings

You can open up an AddsUP savings account after you have paid off your first NILS Loan.

This savings plan is a great way to start getting into the habit of saving money. If you save $500 over 6 to 12 months, the National Australia Bank will reward you with another $500 as a once off bonus. Keep saving and watch your bank account grow!

If you wish to find out more, contact our AddsUp volunteer on Mondays at PRNC by calling 3889 0063 or at

See: AddsUP Savings Plan info at NAB.

Please visit Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre to begin the process of applying for the AddsUP Savings Plan. 

Our AddsUp volunteer will take you through the details of the program and assist you to complete the AddsUP application form.

Once you have completed the AddsUP form you will receive a letter of confirmation in the mail.

Please take this letter, with all the required documentation (as listed in the letter) to your local NAB branch.

There are three different options for a customer to make savings on their account:

1. The customer can ask whichever financial institution they have their regular savings account with to set up regular automatic drawings in to their savings account.
2. The customer can make transfers via internet banking.
3. The customer can ask the NAB branch staff to organise a deposit book for them when they are down at the branch.

This all depends on the customer’s financial situation and time-frame goal.

As a general rule, deposits of $20 per fortnight will result in $520 over 12 months. The customer may choose to deposit larger amounts to reach the savings goal of $500 in a shorter period of time.

The customer must ensure that they do not deposit monies exceeding $100 at any one time.

As per the AddsUP Savings Plan ‘Terms and Conditions’, all customers must save for a minimum period of 6 months before they are eligible for matching and the customer will not be matched earlier than the minimum savings period of 6 months.

Your account will automatically be matched when you have successfully saved the $500 within the agreed terms. Once your account has been matched you will receive a letter of confirmation in the mail.

There are no fees for withdrawing saved funds however the customer must not exceed three withdrawals over the period of the program or they will be ineligible for the matching.

Your account will automatically be matched when you have successfully saved the $500 within the agreed terms.

Once your account has been matched a letter of confirmation will be sent out to you.

Once you have completed the program and your account has been matched, you are free to use the money as you please.

Customers are welcome to keep their account open, fee-free, and continue saving in to the account.

However, the AddsUP Matching is a once off offer and there is no further bonus matching after the initial $500.

No, Centrepay is not available on this product type.

As the AddsUP program is only available to those who have successfully paid off their NILS or StepUP loan, it does not sit with National Australia Bank’s mainstream products.

Therefore, the AddsUP account must be opened by the AddsUP team at head office.

Customers should go back to Encircle for program-related queries and/or their local NAB branch for account-related queries.

If these channels are unsuccessful at answering your queries please call the AddsUP team on 1800 559 772.