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Business Recovery Loans

Loans for businesses impacted by COVID-19 under the Government's SME Recovery Loan Scheme.

What is the SME Recovery Loan Scheme?​

The SME Recovery Loan Scheme provides support to businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Federal Government has extended the scheme to continue to support  businesses until 30th June 2022​

Loans can be used to invest, buy commercial property or to acquire another business. Eligible customers may be able to refinance existing business loans1.

  • Option to defer repayments 2
  • Loan terms of 3, 5, 10 years
  • Partially and fully secured options

Who's eligible?

Businesses that are adversely economically affected by COVID-19

To apply your business must:   ​

  • Have an annual turnover of less than $250m   ​
  • Be trading for more than 12 months and have a valid ABN   ​
  • Be a tax resident of Australia – that is based, registered and operating in Australia.

SME Recovery Loan at a glance

Borrow from:
$15k to $5m

No lending establishment fee or monthly account keeping fees3

Variable interest rate options available

Give us a call on 1800 804 411

Frequently Asked Questions

You have the option to defer loan repayments for 6 or 12 months. You can request an extension to your repayment deferral, which we will reasonably consider, provided it doesn’t extend the period beyond 24 months.

Once you reach the end of your loan repayment deferral period, accrued interest and fees will be added to your loan facility and you’ll be required to start making loan repayments.

Not during the repayment deferral period but once interest is added to the loan at the end of the period, interest will be charged on the total balance.

Yes, interest will accrue during the loan repayment deferral and will be added to the loan balance at the end of the period.

Yes, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Residential Property is defined in the rules of the Scheme and means land or a building that is, or is capable of being, occupied as a residence for residential accommodation in whole or in part, other than: 

(a) a hotel, motel, inn, hostel or boarding house; 

(b) premises used to provide accommodation in connection with a school; 

(c) a ship that is mainly let out on hire in the ordinary course of a business of letting ships out on hire; 

(d) a ship that is mainly used for entertainment or transport in the ordinary course of a business of providing ships for entertainment or transport; 

(e) a marina at which one or more of the berths are occupied, or are to be occupied, by ships used as residences; 

(f) a caravan park or a camping ground; or 

(g) anything similar to property described in paragraphs (a) to (f). 

Note: land or buildings in (a) to (f) are eligible to be financed under this Scheme. 

Loans issued under the Scheme can be used to refinance existing loans or for a broad range of businesses purposes including:  

  • Business assets  
  • Working capital  
  • Commercial property  
  • Acquiring another business. 

Loans cannot be used to:   

  • Purchase residential property;  
  • Purchase financial products;  
  • Lend to an associated entity; or  
  • Lease, rent, hire or hire purchase existing assets that are more than half way into their effective life.

Yes, eligible borrowers can access up to $5 million, in addition to the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme Phase 1 and Phase 2 loan limits.

The SME Recovery Loan Scheme specifically provides support for businesses who are adversely financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic or the March 2021 floods. The Scheme introduces increases in loan size and loan terms allowing lending up to $5m and 10 year loan terms. It also provides the option to defer repayments and allows for refinancing of existing debt. ​

Under Phase Two of the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme loans were limited to $1m and 5 year terms, and you couldn’t refinance existing debt. 

More finance options to help your business recover

Commercial Overdraft

Access extra funds so you can pay suppliers and wages when cash flow gets tight.

Find out more

Business Loans

Funds to support the day to day running of your business. Borrow from $20k with flexible repayments

Find out more

Important information

Eligibility, credit criteria, fees, charges, terms and conditions apply.​

1. Excludes facilities secured by residential property or facilities that are more than 30 days in arrears. ​

2. An interest rate premium may apply where a payment deferral period is selected. Interest will accrue during the period of the repayment deferral. ​

3. Other fees and charges apply. ​