Do you know what your credit rating is?
We understand it can be quite confusing but it’s an important key to help you move forward in your financial journey, and that’s exactly what we want to help you achieve!
Empowering you to understand and improve your credit rating is one of our passions so let’s get started!
In Australia, your credit rating is determined by credit bureaus and there’s a number of them, including Equifax and Dunn & Bradstreet. Each has their own way of calculating your credit rating (or score) and although they may differ, their principles are the same. Here’s a general guide.
- Good Credit (score over 700)
- OK Credit (score between 500 and 699)
- Not great/Poor/Bad (score below 500)
Do you know what contributes to your credit score? Well, there’s a lot of things and only the credit bureaus know the exact formula. We can’t say for sure what your rating will be because it depends on your credit history, but we do know the following events and credit habits do influence your credit rating, which is generally calculated monthly and looks at your credit history over the past 5 - 7 years.
Your credit history records your personal details, such as employment and address, as well as any credit activity like taking out a credit card/loan or using a service provider like a telephone, water or electricity company. It also shows if you’ve been late with paying your loans and bills. If you have never borrowed money or used a service provider, you won’t have any credit history. This means lenders won’t know if you can be relied on to repay a debt, so it will reduce your credit score and will make it harder to get a loan.
Below is a life cycle guide to give you an understanding of what events through your life can help build your credit history.
If you’d like to understand more about your credit history, why not read our blog "What's the difference between your credit history, credit file, credit report and credit score?"
If you’d like to obtain a copy of your credit report from Equifax, our blog "What is my credit score? Find out now for free" will explain exactly what you need to do!
Want to know how you can actively improve your credit rating? Read our blog "5 tips to improve your credit score."