Small amount credit contract reforms in Australia: household survey evidence & analysis

North, Gillian 2016, Small amount credit contract reforms in Australia: household survey evidence & analysis, Journal of banking and finance law and practice, vol. 27, pp. 203-222.

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Title Small amount credit contract reforms in Australia: household survey evidence & analysis
Author(s) North, GillianORCID iD for North, Gillian
Journal name Journal of banking and finance law and practice
Volume number 27
Start page 203
End page 222
Total pages 20
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Place of publication Rozelle, N.S.W.
Publication date 2016
Summary A review of small amount credit contract regulation in Australia began in 2015 as mandated under s 335A of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth). The review panel sought comprehensive data on industry and consumer characteristics and trends. To provide such evidence, consumer groups commissioned original empirical research using data collected from a longitudinal survey that monitors the financial position and attitudes of Australian households. This data on household use of small amount credit contract loans was extracted for the last decade, allowing detailed analysis of the historical patterns and developing trends. The data indicates that overall demand for small amount short duration credit is growing in Australia, the consumer base is broadening, and the predominant form of lending today is online. Deeper analysis highlights the varying motivations of borrower households and their different stages and levels of financial difficulty. It also confirms the socio-economic, employment, educational and financial disadvantages of most households using these loans and their vulnerability to adverse changes in personal circumstances and negative external shocks.
Language eng
Field of Research 150299 Banking, Finance and Investment not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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