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Credit And Banking In Australia

Australia's primary credit bureau is Credit Advantage, formerly known as the Credit Reference Association Of Australia, which holds records on over 12 million people and one million businesses. Credit Advantage is used by approximately 3,800 credit providers, who make a total of 45,000 enquiries per day.

Due to legal restrictions, Credit Advantage does not report any positive information. It is essentially a "blacklist" containing listings of accounts that are at least 60 days past due, along with public records of lawsuit judgements and bankruptcies. Bounced cheques of over $100 (after two attempts at clearing) and enquiries are also listed.

Defaults, bad cheques, court judgements, and enquiries remain in a consumer's file for five years. Paying off a defaulted account will not cause the item to be removed - the listing will be changed to note the paid-off status, but will remain (as a negative) until five years after originally being reported. Bankruptcies remain for seven years. Vaguely defined "serious credit infringement" (probably meaning high-dollar fraud) can remain for seven years.

The company started in 1967 as the Credit Reference Association Of NSW, with 90,000 files containing bad debt information contributed by the Retail Trader's Association Of NSW. The database originally consisted of paper index cards in shoe boxes. In the early 1970s, notations of enquiries were added to the files.

In 1976, the company expanded into the state of Victoria (with a separate database) and changed its name to the Credit Reference Association Of Australia. In the early 1980s, the database was computerized, with further expansion nationwide. A database of information on businesses was also started.

In 1998 CRAA began using a new holding company called Data Advantage Ltd. In April 2000, CRAA (also known as Credit Reference Ltd) changed its name to Credit Advantage, and is part of the Data Advantage Group. They later changed their name to Veda Advantage.

For details on obtaining a free copy of your personal credit report, go to the Veda Advantage web site.

Their credit scoring and risk management software affiliate is Decision Advantage (formerly known as Equigen.)

Australian credit bureaus are strictly regulated by the Privacy Act, as enforced by the Australian Privacy Commissioner.

The primary Australian federal law regulating creditors is the Consumer Credit Code.

Australian Bank & Credit Directory

Adelaide Bank

ABN AMRO

Arab Bank Australia

Australian Guarantee Co. (AGC)

American Express

AMP Banking

ANZ

Australian Central Credit Union

Bank of America

Bank of China

Bank of Cyprus

Banker's Trust Investment Banking

Bank of New Zealand Australia (BNZA)

Bank of Queensland

BankSA

BankWest

Bass and Equitable - B&E

Bendigo Bank

Big Sky Credit Union

CitiBank

Coles Group

Commonwealth Bank Of Australia

Community First Credit Union

Companion Credit Union

Credit Suisse First Boston Australia

Credit Union Australia - CUA

Defence Force Credit Union

Deutsche Bank

Earth

Elders

Elders Rural Bank

Heritage Building Society

HSBC

Hunter Mutual

GE Money

ING Direct

Leasepac Financial Services

Loancorp

Loans From Home

Macquarie Bank

Members Equity Bank

MemberFirst Credit Union

MyState Financial Credit Union

National Australia Bank

Newcastle Permanent Building Society

NSW Teachers Credit Union

Perpetual

Qantas Staff Credit Union

Queenslanders Credit Union

Rabobank Australia

Rand Merchant Bank

The Rock Building Society

Royal Guardian Mortgage Corporation

Savings and Loans Credit Union

Standard Chartered Bank

St. George Bank

Suncorp-Metway Ltd

Territory Insurance Office - TIO

Trustar Mortgage

Uni Credit Union

United Overseas Bank

Virgin Money

Westpac Banking Corporation

Wide Bay Australia

Woolworths Ezy Banking

 

Canvas Card - A prepaid Visa card.

Cash Now - Offers payday loans.

PayMate is an online Person-To-Person payment system based in Australia.

Australia's central bank is the Reserve Bank Of Australia.

The Australian Bankers' Association is a trade organisation.

The Financial Co-operative Dispute Resolution Scheme (FCDRS) handles disputes between consumers and financial services providers.

 

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