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March 31, 2020

Loan Deferrals for Small Business

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In a bid to do their part to keep Australian businesses alive during tough times, the Australian Banking Association has rolled out a small business relief package to ease the burden of reduced revenue.

The measure has provided an opportunity for small businesses to apply for a loan repayment deferral for up to 6 months. Banks have also sought to reduce interest rates on business loans and have enabled access to term deposits without break fees.

The Assistance Package may apply to more than 100 billion small business loans, injecting an estimated $8 billion into the pockets of small businesses struggling the most.

What about the interest?

Although this short-term relief will support Australian small businesses, there is long term ramifications of loan deferment. Interest will still accrue on loans during the deferment period. With interest being applied on the existing capital and unpaid interest, loan terms and repayments may be impacted. Please check with your bank as to how interest deferred will be capitalised.

See the below graphs for an example on how loan deferment may impact a loan long term:

How do I apply?

Each bank will have its own conditions and application method, with some accepting applications online. Links to the major bank sites on this topic are below:

NAB – Coronavirus Contact Form

ANZ – Covid-19 Request a Call

Commonwealth – Coronavirus Business Support

St George – Defer Business Loan Payments Form

ING – Coronavirus Update

Heritage – Response to Covid-19

Suncorp – Coronavirus Support Contact Form

Westpac – Small Business Relief

Want to know more?

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Supporting you through the changes. From making the most of the stimulus initiatives, through to managing the risks associated with the impact of the Coronavirus, the Modoras team is here to help you build a resilient business. Make well-informed business decisions; contact us on 1300 888 803 book a catch up with a Modoras professional.

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