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Personal loan interest rates: May 2024

Taking out a personal loan is a common way for Australians to fund big purchases, like a holiday, home renovation, or a new car. Personal loans are also often used to consolidate debt.

With a personal loan, you can choose between a fixed and variable interest rate. Similarly to home loans, personal loan interest rates can fluctuate with market conditions, so it’s important to stay informed about where rates are headed. 

Throughout 2022 and 2023, we saw lots of RBA cash rate hikes take place. However, the cash rate has remained unchanged since November 2023.

Since the recent pause on RBA cash rate hikes, we’ve seen greater overall stability across rates for personal finance products, including personal loans. Although, it’s worth noting that personal loan interest rates are not always directly impacted by the Australian cash rate. Regardless, it’s always important to do some research before taking out a loan or any other banking product.

At Mozo, we have data on over 300 personal loans to help you compare loan options to find one to suit your needs. Here’s how personal loan interest rates are stacking up this month:

Average personal loan interest rates in Australia:

  • Average interest rate for an unsecured personal loan: 10.40% p.a.
  • Average interest rate for a secured personal loan: 9.09% p.a.

Personal loan interest rates insights for May 2024

As the end of the financial year draws near, more Australians might review their finances or perhaps consider taking out a personal loan to fund a big upcoming expense. Overall, the Australian personal loan market continues to stabilise in May 2024, particularly since the recent pause on RBA rate hikes.

However, there were some changes to personal loans this month, with Community First Bank increasing the variable rate on its Home Improvement Loan to 6.54% p.a. (7.60% p.a. comparison rate*) from 5.54% p.a. (6.53% p.a. comparison rate*). This is still the lowest headline variable rate on an unsecured personal loan (excluding green loans) in the Mozo database, though.

Community First also upped the variable rate unsecured Green Loan to 6.54% p.a. (7.60% p.a. comparison rate*) from 5.54% p.a. (6.53% p.a. comparison rate*), bumping the Police Credit Union’s Solar Eco Loan (Green, Variable, Unsecured) up to take the cake for having the lowest green loan variable rate in the Mozo database, with a 6.24% p.a. (6.24% p.a. comparison rate*).

Current personal loan rates in May 2024

Let’s take a look at the current lowest personal loan rates in the Mozo database for this month: 

Unsecured Loans (excluding green loans):

Secured Loans (excluding green loans):

Green Loans:

Looking to see how interest rates are performing across other banking products this month? Check out our latest monthly snapshots for home loan interest rates, car loan interest rates, savings account interest rates or term deposit interest rates.

Latest personal loan interest rates on Mozo - last updated 13 June 2024

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How are personal loan interest rates calculated? 

Personal loan lenders set their own interest rates on their products; however, they're 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 also fees.

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, lenders are more likely to charge an early repayment fee on fixed options.  

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 looking at potential personal loan products, you ensure the headline rate and comparison rate aren’t significantly 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 altogether. 

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
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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.