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Interest-free payment providers such as Afterpay, Openpay and zipMoney have been invading the retail payments space. These new fintech companies offer you a way to purchase an item and pay it off in instalments, similar to a layby. However, in true fintech fashion, these products are not like traditional forms of credit.

This is what you need to know about how Afterpay will affect your credit score.

Payment providerDoes it affect your credit?What do their terms and conditions say?


Afterpay reserve the right to check your credit but generally do not.

  • When you apply. "You authorise us to make, directly or through third parties, any enquiries we consider necessary to verify your identity and assess your capability to make payments according to the Payment Schedule in relation to all Afterpay Orders. This may include ordering a credit report, performing other repayment capability checks and verifying information you provide against third party databases."*
  • If you don't repay. "[...] you acknowledge that Afterpay reserves the right to report any negative activity on your Afterpay Account (including late payments, missed payments, defaults or chargebacks) to credit reporting agencies."*


Openpay may check your credit report.

  • When you apply. "We may obtain a credit report about you in connection with your Openpay Plan and you consent to us doing this. A credit reporting body (CRB) may include information about you in credit reports to credit providers (such as us) to assist them in assessing your creditworthiness."**
  • If you don't repay. "If you fail to meet your payment obligations or if you commit a serious credit infringement, we may be entitled to disclose this to a CRB."**
Certegy Ezi-Pay


Certegy doesn't send your account information to a credit reporting body.


zipMoney will check your credit when you apply.

  • When you apply. zipMoney will check your credit report when you apply.~
  • If you default. If you default on your repayments, zipMoney will report this to the relevant Credit Reporting Body.~


zipPay will check your credit when you apply.

  • When you apply. "When creating an account, we may perform identity and/or credit checks to verify the customer and their ability to manage payments."****
  • If you default. Payment defaults will be reported a relevant Credit Reporting Body.~
Lombard Finance (including CreditLine and Once)


Lombard Finance will check your credit when you apply.

Where the Privacy Act permits, Lombard Finance is "permitted to disclose your credit information to CRBs" for a number of purposes outlined in its Privacy Policy.

*From Afterpay's Terms of Service
**From Openpay's Terms of Service
***From Certegy's Terms of Use
~Confirmed with zipMoney and zipPay's customer service team
****From zipPay's Terms of Use
*****From Lombard Finance's Privacy Policy

Watch: Afterpay vs. Credit cards: Which is better?

Before you apply for any of the "new ways to pay", make sure you consider whether you can afford the repayments and the effect it may have on your credit score.

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