Why Australians are choosing non-bank lenders

Why Australians are choosing non-bank lenders

Recent data from the Australian mortgage industry shows non-bank lenders have experienced double-digit growth within the home loan sector. So, why are people choosing non-bank lenders over the banks? And should you be doing the same?

Here’s what you need to know. 

The facts

  • Financial comparison site, Canstar analysed official mortgage industry data and found that owner-occupier loan approvals from non-ADIs increased by 20% over the past 3 years. 
  • New loan approvals for ADIs fell 8% over the same time period.
  • A non-ADI is a lender that is not an ‘Authorised Deposit-taking Institution’ – in other words, a non-ADI is a non-bank lender.
  • Non-bank lenders are required to follow responsible lending laws, which are overseen by ASIC (The Australian Securities and Investment Commission).
  • ADIs are ‘Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions’. These are the banks, which are regulated by APRA (the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority). 

Why are non-bank lenders preferred?

According to the Sydney Morning Herald’s banking and finance specialists,


‘Cheap wholesale funding and inconsistent bank credit policies have helped to put a rocket under non-bank lenders, which are grabbing a bigger share of the crucial $1.8 trillion mortgage market.’


Private non-bank lender, Firstmac, reported a 14% increase in growth to its mortgage portfolio, valued at $11.6 billion, over the 12 months to August. Firstmac CFO James Austin said inconsistency was a prime reason for the surge in non-bank lending.


"That lack of consistency has certainly been a factor in the volumes that have been flowing through the non-banks," he said.


Austin went on to say that numerous changes to bank credit policies over the past few years, was another reason why people preferred non-bank lenders.


Liberty Financial CEO, James Boyle, told the Sydney Morning Herald that consumers were frustrated with the banks. The lender experienced an asset growth of 24% over the 12 months to June this year.


"Our continued growth has been supported by consumers’ frustration with banks,” he said. 

“Since the royal commission, consumers have found responsive service times and predictable answers harder to find.”

Approximately 60% of home loans by brokers

Resimac CEO Scott McWilliam told the Herald that mortgage brokers arranged around 60% of new home loans in Australia and were playing a growing role within the sector.


"The broker sector is providing greater choice for consumers, which means there's a greater opportunity for alternative brands," he said.

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Financial Advice Disclaimer: This information is general in nature. Mortgage brokers do not provide financial advice. Clients seeking financial advice will be referred to a qualified financial planner.