About Us


The NILS concept was developed by Good Shepherd in Victoria and operates across Australia.

Community lending started in Tasmania in 2002, when the NILS (No Interest Loans) Network of Tasmania Inc. was first established.

Since 2002 we have issued more than 15,000 loans totalling more than 15 million dollars.

Our Vision:

A Tasmania where everyone, regardless of income, has access to safe and affordable financial services and access to assistance to manage their finances.

Our Mission:

To improve the standard of living for Tasmanians on low incomes by providing:

  • Affordable finance for essential goods and services
  • Affordable finance for small business development 
  • Access to financial literacy support and information


NILS Tasmania is an Incorporated Association which is overseen by a board made up of stakeholder representatives and elected members.

The members of the board in 2016/17 are:

Stuart Foster (Chair), Social Programs Secretary, Salvation Army Tasmania
John Hooper, Executive Officer, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania
Bridget Hiller, Manager – Workforce Development, Tasmanian Department of State Growth
Rebecca Kardos , Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Energy
John Rowland, General Manager – Business Development, Anglicare Tasmania
Mandy Clarke, Chief Operating Officer, CatholicCare Tasmania
Leanne Doherty, Coordinator, Warrane-Mornington Community House