The Debt Trap: How payday lending is costing Australians projected that the gross amount of payday loans undertaken in Australia will reach a staggering 1.7 billion by the end of 2019. It also found that:
- Over 4.7 million individual payday loans were taken on by around 1.77 million households between April 2016 and July 2019, worth approximately $3.09 billion.
- Victoria is the state leading the country with the highest number of new payday loans
- Digital platforms are adding fuel to the fire, with payday loans that originate online expected to hit 85.8% by the end of 2019.
- The number of women using payday loans has risen from 177,000 in 2016 to 287,000 in 2019, representing a rise to 23.13% of all borrowers. Close of half are single mothers.
The report was released today by over 20 members of the Stop the Debt Trap Alliance – a national coalition of consumer advocacy organisations who see the harm caused by payday loans every day through their advice and casework.
This report is brought to you by the following members of the Stop the Debt Trap Alliance: