A secured loan is one that is protected by an asset that is used as collateral to get the loan. This means that if you do default on the loan, your asset such as your house or car can be taken by the lender.

An unsecured loan doesn't require any asset as collateral, and if you do miss payments there is no risk of your property being repossessed.

Westpac provides unsecured personal loans so there is no need for your assets to be used as security.