Where To Get Online Loans With Instant Approval In Australia

When you’re looking for a loan that’s paid out as quickly as possible, you’re options can be pretty limited. In this piece, we’re pointing out the most ideal places to try and get an online loan with instant approval in Australia. Have a read through and see if any of these options sounds right for your situation.

A payday loan from Cigno

Short-term loans are our speciality at Cigno Loans. We understand that when you’re having a tough month, a quick payout loan could make all the difference. This is exactly why we’ve designed a system that allows you to apply online from wherever you want, get approved within hours, and have the funds in your account the same day.

We offer payday loans up to $500, which in most cases, is more than enough to get you to your next payday. These loans are very different to typical personal loans in a variety of ways. We don’t look at your credit score when deciding how much to offer you, so if yours is not in very good shape, you can still borrow from us.

All you need to apply for a payday loan online is your government issued ID and your most recent bank statements. With these, we will be able to assess your current level of income and offer you an amount that is perfectly appropriate for your circumstances. Even if you’re self employed, and used to being turned down by conventional loan providers, as long as we can see that you can afford to pay back the amount you’re borrowing, we’ll be happy to help you out.

Need more than $500? Then you need to contact us directly to explain your situation in more detail. We usually only offer larger amounts to customers who have borrowed from us without any issues in the past.       

Emergency overdrafts

Most bank accounts will come with these solutions already active, but the amount they allow can depend greatly on your current credit score, how you’ve handled your account in the past, and the type of current account you currently use. In some cases, it’s possible to contact your bank or apply for a quick overdraft limit online. Some providers will be able to extend your limit within days, but rarely will any bank be able to process your application within hours.

Remember that if your account allows you to be overdrawn, but you don’t have an overdraft limit currently arranged, the fees for such credit can be higher than you’d expect. In most cases, the charges are applied on a daily basis. If an overdraft is your prefered route, make sure you try to have one officially arranged before using the funds, otherwise you’ll incur these far more expensive “unarranged overdraft” fees without question.

Fast delivery credit cards

These are never going to arrive the same day you apply for them, but some credit cards may arrive within days if you get them from the most efficient providers. Just like all other forms of credit, you’ll need to have a seriously good credit score to achieve cards with much larger limits. You can have starter cards or those designed to build your credit history, but these will always come with the highest interest rates in the market. You can also consider secured credit cards, but then come with an upfront security deposit cost that might not be able to cover.

You have to do your shopping around to find the best deals. Such a competitive market means there are loads of options to choose from. Getting approved for a credit card might take longer than the other options described above, but once you have one, you’ll be able to use it over and over as long as you keep up with the repayments.

Those are our picks! We hope this quick list of ideas helps you. When you need an online loan with instant approval in Australia, the fastest way to get an fast injection of funds is with a payday loan. You can try other credit options if you have more time, but if you need the funds right away, a short-term loan could be the only way to access the money within hours.    

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Read more about online loans with instant approval here, or in our recent blog post: Common Requirements for Fast Cash Loans

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Cigno Loans’ articles do not replace advice from an accountant or financial advisor. All information provided is intended to be used as a guide only, as it does not take into account your personal financial situation or needs. If you require assistance, it is recommended that you consult a licensed financial or tax advisor.


Ordered by the Federal Court of Australia

The Federal Court of Australia has found that Cigno Australia Pty Ltd (Cigno Australia) and BSF Solutions Pty Ltd (BSF Solutions) have breached the law by engaging in unlicensed credit activity and charging prohibited fees.

In the period from July 2022 to 3 October 2023, over 100,000 consumers have been lent a total of $34 million, and charged fees of over $70 million, under the ‘No Upfront Charge Loan Model’ operated by BSF Solutions and Cigno Australia. At no time has either BSF Solutions or Cigno Australia held an Australian Credit Licence.

The Court also found that Mark Swanepoel (director of Cigno Australia) and Brenton James Harrison (director of BSF Solutions) were involved in these breaches of the law.

With effect from 24 May 2024, the Court has granted permanent injunctions preventing Cigno Australia and BSF Solutions from:

  • demanding, receiving or accepting fees or charges, including amounts of loan principal, from consumers in relation to credit provided under the ‘No Upfront Charge Model’; and
  • engaging in further credit activity pursuant to the ‘No Upfront Charge Loan Model’, including by entering into new agreements with consumers, for so long as they do not hold an Australian Credit Licence.

Cigno Australia was ordered by the Court to, by 5th July 2024, send written communications to consumers who between July 2022 and December 2022 entered into agreements with Cigno Australia and BSF Solutions under the ‘No Upfront Charge Loan Model’.

The Court will later determine whether (among other things) Cigno Australia and Mark Swanepoel ought to pay a pecuniary penalty in respect of this conduct, and whether Mark Swanepoel should be restrained from carrying on a business engaging in credit activity.

Cigno Australia, BSF Solutions, Mr Swanepoel and Mr Harrison intend to appeal the decision of the Court and have filed an application for leave to appeal. If the appeal is successful, some or all of the orders of the Federal Court of Australia may be set aside.

Where can you get more information?

Where to go for further support

You can access legal advice in your state at: Free legal advice – Moneysmart.gov.au.

If you are experiencing trouble with debt, or money worries in general, contact:

  • the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 or online chat (9:30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday).

If you need someone to talk to, contact:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24 hours) or their crisis support online chat or
  • Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 (24 hours) or their webchat