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 2017/18 are:

Stuart Foster (Chair), Social Programs Secretary, Salvation Army Tasmania

John Hooper (Deputy Chair), Executive Officer, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania 

Bridget Hiller (Committee Member), Manager – Workforce Development, Tasmanian Department of State Growth

Rebecca Kardos (Committee Member), Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Energy 

John Rowland (Committee Member), General Manager – Business Development, Anglicare Tasmania

Leanne Doherty (Secretary), Coordinator, Warrane-Mornington Community House

Nicolette Quinn (Treasurer) Founder - Savvy CFO

John Collighan (Committee Member), State Manger Customer Engagement - Anglicare Tasmania