Smaller lenders taking applications for home loan deposit scheme


Non-major lenders have started offering another 5,000 slots for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, which allows first home buyers to purchase a property with a deposit of 5% without having to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

The scheme, which is overseen by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC), kicked-off on 1 January but only 5,000 spots were initially available through two major banks – NAB and CBA.

NHFIC CEO Nathan Dal Bon says the additional 25 lenders are located around the country and will provide first home buyers with a range of choices.

“More places are now available to help first home buyers purchase a modest home sooner,” Mr Dal Bon adds.

The 25 other lenders

The NHFIC says the 25 non-major participating lenders below are supporting the scheme by committing to not charging eligible customers higher interest rates than equivalent customers outside of the scheme.

Australian Military Bank

Auswide Bank

Bank Australia

Bank First

Bank of us

Bendigo Bank

Beyond Bank Australia

Community First Credit Union


Defence Bank

Gateway Bank

G&C Mutual Bank

Indigenous Business Australia


MyState Bank

People’s Choice Credit Union

Police Bank (including the Border Bank and Bank of Heritage Isle)

P&N Bank


Queensland Country Credit Union

Regional Australia Bank

Sydney Mutual Bank and Endeavour Mutual Bank (divisions of Australian Mutual Bank Ltd)

Teachers Mutual Bank Limited (including Firefighters Mutual Bank, Health Professionals Bank, Teachers Mutual Bank and UniBank)

The Mutual Bank

WAW Credit Union

Details on eligibility can be found on the scheme’s website here. You can also check out the property price caps here.

Want to find out more?

If you want to apply for this new scheme then it’s best to give us a call sooner rather than later, as the major banks have already registered more than 3,000 potential first home buyers for the 10,000 spots up for grabs this financial year.

We’d be more than happy to run you through the scheme in more detail and, if you’re eligible, help you apply through a participating lender.

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