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Pay your bills on time or risk black mark against your name – changes to the credit reporting system

Changes to the credit reporting system in Australia makes it is a lot easier for black marks to be recorded on your credit history.

Your credit history is available to lending institutions, credit providers and certain service providers.  It provides them with information about you, to enable them to assess whether to provide you with credit.

Under changes to the credit reporting system in Australia, consumers must pay their bills on the due date, or within the 14 day grace period after the due date, or risk getting a black mark recorded against their name.  The 14 day grace period was originally proposed to be 5 days, but following concerns from consumers was increased.

This Legislation applies retrospectively.

So if you have been late to make a payment from as far back as December, 2012, you may find you already have accumulated a negative report.

On a positive note – the new credit reporting laws mean that certain payments made on time such as credit and mortgage payments, will also be recorded on your credit history, which is aimed at providing potential lenders with a more balanced snapshot of a person’s credit history.

The Australian Retail Credit Association has put together an education awareness campaign, to help consumers understand the changes to the law and their rights.  You can access CreditSmart here:

How to get a copy of your credit report

You can obtain a copy of your credit report for no charge.  For more information, visit this site: