SMSF borrowing (bank)

Create limited recourse borrowing arrangements online for when the lender is a bank.
$ 231.00

(inc. GST) for an SMSF with a Cleardocs deed

$ 302.50

(inc. GST) for an SMSF without a Cleardocs deed


Use Cleardocs to create your SMSF borrowing (or "limited recourse borrowing") documents. This document package is suitable for when the lender is a bank and can be used to facilitate borrowing for SMSF property and other asset purchases.

Cleardocs also offers an SMSF borrowing package for when the lender is a related party of the SMSF's trustee(s) or is a third party (but not a bank).

Time taken to complete 10 minutes.

Cost $ 231.00 (inc GST) for an SMSF with a Cleardocs deed.

Cost $ 302.50 (inc GST) for an SMSF without a Cleardocs deed.

Printing Optional printing, binding and delivery for $ 66.00

Legal Sign-offThe master documents are written in plain language and are signed-off by our lawyers at Maddocks.

What documents are included in the Cleardocs limited recourse borrowing arrangement (bank) package?

The Cleardocs limited recourse borrowing document package for SMSF borrowing when the lender is a bank includes:

What information do you need to order a SMSF borrowing (bank) or LRBA document package through Cleardocs?

Download our checklist of information required to order a Cleardocs limited recourse borrowing document package for when the lender is a bank.

The fund does not require an underlying Cleardocs deed

To use a Cleardocs limited recourse borrowing document package, the SMSF does not require a Cleardocs deed. We strongly recommend that you update to the latest version of the Cleardocs deed — this is to make sure that the borrowing documents "match" the fund's deed.

You can update the SMSF's deed to a Cleardocs deed — or to the latest version of the Cleardocs deed — for $129.25.

If you do not want to update to the latest Cleardocs deed, you must seek legal advice about the suitability of the limited recourse borrowing arrangement for your circumstances to ensure that:

  • your SMSF deed permits the trustee to:
    • borrow money for the purpose of entering into a limited recourse borrowing arrangement;
    • charge (that is, grant security over) the assets of the SMSF; and
    • appoint a custodian to hold the acquirable asset; and
  • the lender has reviewed and is happy with the borrowing provisions in your SMSF deed.

What the SMSF borrowing package does not include

The limited recourse borrowing document package for SMSF borrowing when the lender is a bank does not include:

  • the loan documents that the bank will provide (that is, the loan agreement or the mortgage or charge); and
  • the transaction documents (for example, a transfer of land form or the relevant contract) for transferring the asset that the SMSF trustee(s) are using the loan money to buy.

Overview of limited recourse borrowing arrangements

The interactive graphic overview tells the story visually. It includes a diagram of how limited recourse borrowing arrangements work for SMSF borrowing including:

  • the parties involved;
  • the documents involved;
  • the asset's journey to the SMSF Trustee(s); and
  • each document's role.

This article analyses limited recourse borrowing arrangements for SMSF borrowing.

TheCleardocs information sheet provides a step-by-step guide to arranging your SMSF borrowing documents through Cleardocs.

The Banks' requirements

We tailor our SMSF borrowing documents after feedback and discussion with the banks. As far as we know, our standard documents meet the requirements of all major lenders. On our interface, we ask you which bank is the lender so we can tailor the documents accordingly.

You need:

  • to be aware that from time-to-time the banks change their requirements for the documents for SMSF borrowing; and
  • to remember that when the bank reviews the documents, it is doing so to protect its own interests — so some of the bank's requests may not be in the interests of the SMSF, or its trustee(s), or member(s), etc. Indeed, our lawyers at Maddocks have seen some requests by banks that, if implemented, may cause the relevant SMSF to be in breach of superannuation law.

Maddocks makes sure that the master documents we use to provide documents to you comply with superannuation law.

You need to arrange your own legal advice about your bank's requirements — whether those requirements:

  • are changes to the documents we provide; or
  • are contained in documents the bank provides.

You are welcome to use our lawyers at Maddocks to review a bank's requirements. But the firm will charge for its time as this sort of work is not part of the free legal helpline we arrange through Maddocks.

Can I make changes to a signed Cleardocs custody Trust deed?

Each lender has their own requirements for custody trust deeds, and preferred process for addressing any issues.

The lender will likely require you to obtain a Deed of Variation to vary your existing Cleardocs Declaration of Custody Trust (Custody Trust Deed) to conform with their requirements.

The Cleardocs Amendment to SMSF borrowing product includes a deed of variation to vary your existing Cleardocs Custody Trust Deed to:

  • fix or update any errors in the schedule of your Cleardocs Custody Trust Deed, including the asset details, loan details and/or settlement date;
  • change the lender, if required; and
  • bring it in to line with the requirements of certain major lenders.

Auto-populate answers using your existing BGL account

Integration with BGL Simple Fund 360 allows you to pre-populate your Cleardocs orders with existing BGL fund information. In order to pre-populate your answers, start a new order on the Cleardocs website and then click on "Use details from BGL Simple Fund 360" when the question interface gives you the option to auto-populate your answers.

The Cleardocs system then:

  • directs you to the BGL website to log in with your credentials and authorise Cleardocs to access your fund information;
  • returns you to the Cleardocs interface and prompts you to choose your preferred BGL document fund from a drop down box; and
  • pre-populated the interface with your BGL fund information.

For privacy reasons, Cleardocs does not have access to any of your BGL login details. BGL only provides Cleardocs with certain contact information.

You will need legal advice

To use either document package, the fund must obtain legal advice. Legal advice is required for two primary reasons:

  1. The Limitations of this Pack As this Pack does not include the transaction documents described, you need legal advice to arrange those documents.
  2. SMSF Compliance with Superannuation Law Although this Pack provides documents which will satisfy the requirements of Section 67A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth), the 'limited recourse borrowing arrangement' must otherwise be in compliance with all the requirements of superannuation law. A lawyer can advise on these matters.

If you do not have a lawyer then you are welcome to call the lawyers at Maddocks, who:

  • if you are in Victoria, New South Wales or ACT, will give you a quote for the work; or
  • if you are in another state or territory, will refer you to its affiliated firms.

More information about SMSF limited recourse borrowing arrangements

Cleardocs has an extensive library of information on SMSF limited recourse borrowing arrangements - please search our ClearLaw and blog library.

Questions or further information

If you have questions:

  • about how to use Cleardocs, contact the Cleardocs helpline on 1300 307 343.
  • about legal issues, contact the Cleardocs helpline on 1300 307 343. If you need advice, we will arrange for you to speak with a lawyer at Maddocks. The firm provides a free legal helpline in relation to the documents Cleardocs provides. If you require other legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances, then this will be charged for.
  • Your 2nd, 3rd etc. orders of this document package for the same SMSF are:
    • $110 each (inc. GST) for an SMSF with a Cleardocs deed; and
    • $176 each (inc. GST) for an SMSF without a Cleardocs deed.
  • The documents are tailored to each major bank's specific requirements
  • Pre-population of Fund information from previous Cleardocs orders or your existing BGL account
  • Allows for fixed or variable interest rate loans
  • Vary your custody trust deed using the Cleardocs Amendment to SMSF borrowing package
  • Copy function for address details
  • Extensive online help and local phone support