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 20,000 loans totalling more than 18 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 currently are:

Stuart Foster (Chair), General Manager Community Services, Salvation Army Tasmania

John Rowland (Vice Chair), Executive General Manager - Strategy & Business Performance, Oak Possibility

Marla Giacon (Secretary), Business and Scheduling Operational Manager, Anglicare Tasmania

Nicolette Quinn (Treasurer) Founder - Savvy CFO

Martin Crane (Board Member), General Manager, Road User Servicers, Department of State Growth

Grant Russell (Board Member), Chief Operating Officer, Aurora Energy

Jonathan Bedloe (Board Member), Acting Chief Executive Officer, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania

Rachael French (Board Member), Manager, Goodwood Community Centre