“It was not important, but we are very optimistic that there will be a big recovery for the revised scheme, as its terms are much more flexible,” he said.
Mr Healy said Judo plans to loan $ 250 million to $ 300 million under the program over the remaining three months.
âI wouldn’t say it’s a failure,â he said. “Version two [of the scheme] It was a significant improvement over version 1 and I think this version 3 is going to be much more warmly received by banks than previous versions maybe.
Australia’s largest investment bank, NAB, has taken just $ 80 million in NAB business stimulus loans under the scheme.
Earlier this month, NAB chief executive Ross McEwan championed the bank’s adoption of the program and told the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics that many NAB clients had chose to extend their overdrafts rather than take out a new loan under the program.
âWe have a lot of gears going through the economy,â he said. âIt has been used by businesses that have been really hit hard by COVID, but a lot of customers haven’t been hit hard by COVID at all – a lot of them are thriving. “
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the expanded program would allow otherwise viable SMEs to access vital additional funding to weather the pandemic, recover and invest for the future.
“With millions of Australians still stranded, we must continue to adapt our response to ensure that businesses have every chance to recover from these bottlenecks,” he said. âThis is why the Morrison government is expanding the Small Business Recovery Loan Program. “
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