Financial Hardship Assistance - Helping you through financial difficulty
We’re here to help
At MyState Bank, we understand that things don’t always go as planned. You could have lost your job or regular overtime, your business or investments may have experienced a downturn, your relationship might have broken down or you may have incurred unexpected medical expenses.
In some cases, the problem may not arise from a major event, but instead be the result of difficulties and unexpected expenses over a period of time. Any of these things can put you in a position of financial hardship and make it difficult for you to meet your loan repayments.
Letting us know
If you find you’re no longer able to meet your MyState Bank loan repayment obligations, or you think you might not be able to do so in the near future - whatever the reason - please get in touch with us as soon as you can, so we can help.
By contacting us early, we may be able to put arrangements in place that will assist you in recovering from the changes in your circumstances, and leave your credit rating intact. Early intervention is the key when your financial circumstances change.
If you have a joint account with someone and you are experiencing financial difficulty, then we can assist you. If you ask us to, we can do so without involving the other person initially.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us by visiting your nearest branch, or calling us on 138 001.
You can also download our Hardship Repayment Variation Application. Once this is completed you can arrange an appointment to see a Lending Specialist at your nearest MyState Bank branch. Please ensure you take all necessary supporting documentation. Alternatively, you can post the completed Hardship Repayment Variation Application with all required supporting documentation to PO Box 1274 Hobart 7001 or send via email to email@example.com
How we may be able to assist you
When you contact us, it is important to be open, and as honest as you can be about your financial position. In turn, we will be compassionate in understanding your situation and discussing any way we can help.
We’ll work with you to develop a strategy suited to your circumstances, and we’ll do everything we can to find a way forward together.
|Restoring your financial position is possible – meaning it is likely that you will be able to meet your monthly repayments again in the future
||Restoring your financial position is unlikely – meaning it is unlikely that you will be able to meet you monthly repayments again in the future
Our financial hardship arrangements focus on situations from which you can recover your financial position.
In these situations, we may be able to help you by:
- agreeing to interest only payments for a short period;
- extending the term of your loan to reduce your repayments; or
- temporarily postponing or deferring payments.
These arrangements may require you to pay more interest over the loan term.
What you can do
In these circumstances, contact us and we will help you work out what you need to do.
A permanent change to your financial situation may mean it is now unlikely that your financial position can be recovered — even if your existing loan were to be changed.
In that case, it may not be appropriate, for us to offer you changes to any payment arrangements under the National Credit Code’s financial hardship process.
However, even in these circumstances, we may be able to offer you help — for example, options may include:
- agreeing on an alternative arrangement, plan or contract;
- changing the terms of your loan;
- giving you time to sell your property; or
- giving information about bankruptcy or insolvency arrangements.
What you can do
In these circumstances, contact us and we will help you work out what you need to do. We may refer you to people who can help you find a financial adviser or counsellor.
Access to confidential and free financial counselling:
You may wish to contact a financial counsellor for free, independent advice about your situation. The National Debt Helpline website (ndh.org.au) has easy to use, step-by-step guides on how to tackle debts. You can also call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 to talk to a financial counsellor.
If we are working with you to help you respond to financial difficulties, then you can tell us to deal with your financial counsellor or representative — rather than dealing with you. To do this, you will need to give us their contact details in writing.
Frequently asked questions
Yes. You will need to complete our Hardship Repayment Variation Application in full so we can assess your current financial position and establish how to best provide assistance.
You will be required to provide a selection of the following documents depending on the reason for hardship:
- Doctors certificate where reason for hardship is due to illness
- Separation certificate or Centrelink confirmation where reason for hardship is unemployment
- Other documentation to support hardship application such a confirmation of reduced work hours, medical bills, other unexpected bills etc.
- Copy of any arrangements that have been made with other credit providers
- Latest statements for all liabilities including those with MyState Bank
- Evidence of all income such as latest payslips, Centrelink statements, rent statements and bank statements
There are many triggers for financial stress and every situation is different. It may be that you are finding it difficult to meet your regular financial commitments like bills, mortgage repayments or school fees. Or it may be that you unexpectedly experience a change in your personal circumstances like redundancy or divorce. These are just a few examples, but the simple answer is, if your financial situation is causing you worry, it’s probably a good enough reason to talk to us. Remember the earlier you approach us for help the better.
No, it won’t affect your credit rating. In fact it’s better to ask for assistance and restructure your finances early to ensure that you don’t affect your credit rating should you leave it too late and fall into unmanageable arrears.
No. We do not charge any fee or penalty when assisting you in times of hardship.
Bankruptcy is a legal declaration that you are insolvent, that is, you cannot repay your debts. Bankruptcy is listed on the Government Insolvency Register permanently and is also noted on your credit report for between 7 and 10 years. Bankruptcy will hinder your attempts to gain credit (i.e. a credit card or loan) in the future.
You should, wherever possible, avoid bankruptcy due to the long term effects that come with this action. Again, contacting us early will in most cases negate the need for this course of action to be considered.
A debt agreement is a binding agreement between you and your credit provider and falls under Part IX of the Bankruptcy Act 1966. Under a Part IX debt agreement, your credit provider will agree to accept an amount of money that you can afford to pay, over a set period of time, to settle your debts. When a debt agreement is in place, the legal recovery action is suspended and debts, along with interest and charges, are frozen.
A Part IX debt agreement is a form of Bankruptcy. The debt agreement is made public and is recorded on your credit report for a similar term as Bankruptcy.