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Financial Hardship Statement

FINANCIAL HARDSHIP STATEMENT

We understand that life can take unexpected turns and leave you in a vulnerable financial position. If you’ve experienced an event that is making your loan repayments difficult to make, we may be able to help you temporarily so you can get your loan repayments back on track and offer assistance when you need it most.

Common events contributing to financial difficulty may include:

  • injury or illness
  • unemployment
  • relationship separation
  • domestic violence
  • natural disaster
  • a temporary reduction in your of income through unemployment or other factors

Financial hardship is more common than you might think, so if you’re finding things tough, please reach out to us as soon as possible.

How we may be able to help you

If you speak with us about your temporary hardship situation, we can try to work with you to reach a payment arrangement that is individually tailored to your needs.

We may agree to adjust your repayment amount or term or provide another solution that could give you the flexibility you need to get through your situation. You will still need to repay your credit facility and delaying payment may increase the overall interest over the life of your credit facility.

We may also be able to assist you with strategies to alleviate your financial pressure over the exam period, which would ordinarily not constitute hardship.

How to apply

There are two ways you can speak with us if you are experiencing financial hardship: to get financial hardship assistance:

  • Call the Support Team on 1800 324 909 Mon-Friday 9am – 6pm & Saturday 9am – 2pm (AEST/AEDT)
  • Submit a written request to us at the following address:

Support
ZeeFi Pty Ltd,
PO Box 735,
Sunbury, VIC
Australia

Or by emailing us at support@zeefi.io

What happens after you apply?

We ask that you prepare and provide us with all your supporting information to help us review your request quickly. This includes information about your situation and your finances. You are not obliged to give us this information, but without the information, we may have difficulty approving your request.

Most of the time, we may be able to process your application over the phone, or occasionally we may ask you to provide supporting documentation or more information.

By law, we are required to reply to your hardship request in writing within 21 days of us receiving your application. Our response may be:

  • an approval of your hardship request, with a proposition on how we are willing to vary your credit contract;
  • a rejection of your hardship request, listing our reasons for our decision; or
  • a request for you to supply further information for us to make a decision.

If we request further information from you, you usually have up to 28 days to provide the requested information. If you do not, we may decide to decline your hardship request after the 28 days.

While we try to work with all borrowers who are experiencing genuine financial hardship, we are not legally required to approve all requests. We may decline a hardship request for several reasons, such as where an applicant is unable to supply adequate information about their hardship situation, we feel that the application is not genuine, we don’t think that the situation is temporary, or we feel that varying a credit contract will not help the applicant or will just prolong the inevitable.

Throughout the assessment period or arrangement variation period, if this is the case, please allow up to 21 days for us to process your request.

While you’re on a payment plan, interest, and fees (excluding late payment fees) will usually continue to apply.

If you can’t make a payment that we’ve agreed to, or you need to change your arrangement, it’s important that you call us on 1800 324 909 and let us know.

Your rights

If you’re not satisfied with our decision about a hardship request, you may lodge a complaint through our internal dispute resolution (IDR) process. Please contact us for details about our IDR process, or to lodge a complaint.

Alternatively, you may complain to our ASIC approved external dispute resolution (EDR) scheme. We are a member of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), who can be contacted on 1800 931 678 or at http://www.afca.org.au/.

Other resources

If you would like to know more about financial hardship, or where to go for help, there are a range of resources available. Some include:

  • ASIC’s “urgent money help” page, which lists a range of other services and contact details for free and confidential community services https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/managing-your-money/managing-debts/trouble-with-debt/urgent-money-help
  • “Find a financial counsellor” https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/managing-your-money/managing-debts/financial-counselling/find-a-financial-counsellor
  • Beyondblue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
  • Your education institution’s website or counselling service.

ASIC’s Money Smart website also provides tools and links to apps to teach you about money and help you manage your finances at https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/tools-and-resources/calculators-and-apps.