How to apply for a loan under the SME Recovery Loan Scheme
If your business is adversely financially affected by COVID-19 or the March 2021 floods1, a loan under the SME Recovery Loan Scheme could help you recover and grow.
We’ve broken down the requirements for a Westpac Business Loan under the SME Recovery Loan Scheme and the steps you can take to apply.
The first thing you’ll need to do is check if your business is eligible for a Westpac Business Loan under the SME Recovery Loan Scheme.
Businesses (including sole traders and not-for-profits) are eligible if they are adversely economically affected by:
To apply your business must:
For more details on eligibility visit the Government’s Treasury website.
If your business isn’t eligible for the SME Recovery Loan Scheme, we have other business finance solutions that may suit your business needs.
The next step is to think about what you want to use the loan for. It’s important to ensure a loan under the SME Recovery Loan Scheme suits your situation and what you intend to use it for.
Loans issued under the Scheme can be used to refinance existing loans or for a broad range of businesses purposes including:
Loans cannot be used to:
Under the Scheme, you can access loans of up to $5 million in total with loan terms of up to 10 years.
Before applying, it’s a good idea to think about:
The length of your loan will impact your repayment amounts and the amount of interest you end up paying over the life of the loan. The longer the length of the loan, the lower your monthly repayments will be but the more interest you’re likely to pay.
Westpac Business Loans under the SME Recovery Loan Scheme have loan terms of 3, 5 or 10 years.
Consider which loan term may suit your business and how the loan term will affect your monthly repayments and interest.
You will need to provide security if you choose to take out a SME Recovery Loan. For more information on what security may be used please contact us.
It is important to note that loans cannot be secured by residential property.
Westpac loans under the SME Recovery Loan Scheme, have options to defer repayments for 6 or 12 months.2
Before choosing to defer repayments it’s important to understand that interest and fees will accrue during the period of deferral and will be added to the loan balance. An interest rate premium may also apply if you choose to take up a repayment deferral.
When applying for a loan under the SME Recovery Loan Scheme, you’ll need to provide documents outlining your business financials.
To ensure you’re prepared when you speak to one of our Business Lending Specialists, have these details handy.
You’re now ready to submit your enquiry.
We have an enquiry form to get you started. Once you’ve submitted your enquiry, a Business Lending Specialist will be in touch to talk you through next steps.
If you’re an existing Westpac customer with a Relationship Manager, they’ll contact you directly.
Please be aware that COVID-19 has impacted the time it takes to process and follow up applications but we’ll aim to contact you as soon as possible.
Eligibility, credit criteria, fees, charges, terms and conditions apply.
This article is a general overview and should be used as a guide only. We recommend that you seek independent professional advice about your specific circumstances before acting. Product and feature details available under the SME Recovery Loan Scheme will vary by provider.
1. Adversely economically affected by the floods in March 2021 and who are located or operated in a flood affected Local Government Area (LGA) as published by the Commonwealth on the Scheme’s Treasury website.
2. An interest rate premium may apply where a payment deferral period is selected. Interest will accrue during the period of the repayment deferral.