Credit cards for new employees: how to apply

Being new at your job doesn’t mean you can’t get a new credit card. Here's what you'll need to provide to get approved.

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When you apply for a credit card, you'll need to provide details of your income and employment. If you've started a new job, you may need to provide additional information about your previous place of employment. You'll also need to meet other eligibility criteria including credit history and residential status.

The specific criteria will vary between cards, but you can use this guide to learn about the employment details you'll usually need to provide when you apply for a credit card.

What employment details do I need to provide?

When you apply for a credit card, the lender assesses your income and employment status (as well as other information) to determine your ability to repay your debt. You'll generally need to provide the following details:

  • Employer’s contact details. The credit card company may contact your employer to verify the details you have provided. This is why you’ll need to include the contact details of your manager or superior. If you’re new to your position, you might want to ask your manager’s permission before including their contact details in your application.
  • Length of employment. This is a standard question, which won’t necessarily reflect negatively on you if you’ve had stable and recent previous employment. If you haven't been employed at your job for very long, you may be required to provide your previous employer's contact information as well. If you're new to the workforce and don't have much employment experience, contact the bank first before applying to see if you need to provide any further information.
  • Annual income. Some credit cards have minimum annual income requirements, but you'll always need to provide and prove your income. The lender will use this information (as well as any existing debts and your regular expenses) to assess your ability to repay and determine your approved credit limit.
  • Payslips. Even if you’re still in your probationary period, most card issuers require only three of your most recent payslips. This means you can apply in your second month of work if you get paid fortnightly. However, remember that your application is always assessed in its merit as a whole.
  • Recent tax statement. If you're self-employed or don't have recent payslips, you may be asked to provide your most recent tax statement.
  • Your accountant’s contact details. This is required if you are self-employed.

Tips for applying for a credit card as a new employee

Here are several tips that might help improve your chances of approval when applying for a credit card when you’ve just started a new job:

  • Let your employer know. Ask for employer for permission before you list their contact information in your application. Not only is it polite, but they'll also be prepared to receive the call.
  • Be thorough. Provide as much information as you can to help improve your chances of approval.
  • Other forms of income and assets. If relevant, include other forms of income (such as investment properties, freelance work or assets). This information will give the lender a more comprehensive understanding of your finances.
  • Compare cards before you apply. You should only apply for one credit card at a time, as several applications in a short time period can hurt your credit score. This is why it's important to compare your options, check that you meet the eligibility requirements and carefully review the fees, rates and features before you apply.
  • Choose a no-frills credit card. While rewards credit cards and premium cards present higher income requirements, no-frills or low-income credit cards have lower income requirements that may be more suitable if you're still in your probation period.
  • Request a lower credit limit. If you're new to your place of employment, you might have a higher chance of being approved for a lower credit limit.

Other eligibility criteria that you'll need to meet

Just as you would if you'd been employed for a while, there are requirements you'll need to meet before you receive approval for a credit card. While the criteria will vary from card to card, the application eligibility requirements generally include:

  • Age. You must typically be at least 18 years of age or older to apply.
  • Residency status. You must be an Australian citizen or resident to apply. In some cases, certain visa holders may also apply.
  • Credit history. Credit card issuers use your credit history as a way to assess your application for risk. Your credit score will determine if you're a low-risk or high-risk borrower, with the latter less likely to be approved for a credit card. You can request a free copy of your credit report and score through Finder.
  • Income. A minimum annual income requirement usually applies, starting from $15,000 for the lower range cards to more than $100,000 for premium cards.

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Kogan Money Black Card - Exclusive Offer
20.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0
0% p.a. for 30 months
0% Balance Transfer Offer & $50 Kogan.com Credit
Save with a $0 annual fee and a 0% introductory rate on balance transfers. Plus, earn $50 Kogan.com Credit and uncapped rewards points.
Citi Clear Card - Balance Transfer Offer
14.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$99
0% p.a. for 36 months
Long-Term 0% Balance Transfer Offer
Offers 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 36 months with no balance transfer fee. Plus, complimentary insurance covers.
St.George Vertigo Card
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 30 months
0% Balance Transfer Offer & $0 First Year Annual Fee
Save with a 0% interest rate on balance transfers for 30 months (with no balance transfer fee) and a $0 annual fee for the first year.
Citi Premier Qantas Card
21.49% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$175 annual fee for the first year ($350 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 6 months
100,000 Bonus Qantas Points & First-Year Annual Fee Discount
Get 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 in the first 90 days and a first-year annual fee discount.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
20.74% p.a.
Up to 44 days on purchases
$450
110,000 bonus Qantas Points & $200 Statement Credit
Receive 110,000 bonus Qantas Points and $200 back on your card when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, a yearly $450 Travel Credit. Ends 27 Oct 2021.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
19.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$29 annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 36 months
0% Balance Transfer Offer & $29 First-Year Annual Fee
Save money with a 0% balance transfer rate for 36 months (with no BT fee), a first-year annual fee discount and free travel insurance.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
19.99% p.a.
Up to 44 days on purchases
$295 annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 6 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Up to 110,000 bonus Qantas Points & First-Year Annual Fee Discount
Earn up to 110,000 bonus Qantas Points (90,000 when you spend $3,000 in the first 60 days and 20k after 12 months).
Kogan Money Black Card
20.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0
0% p.a. for 12 months
No Annual Fee Offer & up to $400 Kogan.com Credit
Up to $400 Kogan.com Credit: $100 on your first eligible spend in 30 days and $300 when you spend $1,500 in 90 days.
Citi Rewards Card - Points & Gift Card Offer
21.49% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$49 annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 15 months
90,000 Citi Rewards Points and $100 Coles eGift Card
Receive 90,000 bonus Citi reward Points (worth $400 in gift cards) and a $100 Coles eGift Card when you spend $3,000 in the first 90 days.
Bankwest Breeze Classic Mastercard
0% p.a. for 15 months, reverts to 9.9% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 15 months
0% Purchase Rate & Balance Transfer Offers
Save with 0% p.a. on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months (with no BT fee). Plus, a $0 first-year annual fee.
Westpac Low Rate Card - Cashback Offer
13.74% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 annual fee for the first year ($59 p.a. thereafter)
6.99% p.a. for 12 months
$400 Cashback & $0 First-Year Annual Fee
Get $400 cashback when you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases within the first 120 days. Plus, a $0 first-year annual fee.
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    SarahJuly 18, 2016

    How to get a loan i am a contact worker

      Avatarfinder Customer Care
      DeeJuly 18, 2016Staff

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your question.

      You may check personal loans for casual employees if you are a contract worker and are looking to apply for a personal loan. The eligibility criteria to apply for a personal loan differ among lenders. Please read through the page to learn some tips on how you can access a loan.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    BobbiFebruary 23, 2015

    Hi
    I’ve just got a full time job recently in November last year and having a 700$/week.
    What are possibilities of getting a approval and how much I can get ?
    Can I apply for it now or better to wait little bit more ?
    I never applied before so bit confuse.
    Thanks

      Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JonathanFebruary 23, 2015Staff

      Hi Bobbi,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Generally, if you meet the minimum income requirements, have a good credit rating, and are an Australian resident/ working visa, you can be approved for a credit card. For more information on factors that you can improve to better your application requirements, please see our credit card application tips.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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      BobbiFebruary 23, 2015

      Hi
      Thanks for your quick reply.
      One last thing, should I apply it now or need to be wait ?
      As I join job in November.

      Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JonathanFebruary 23, 2015Staff

      Hi Bobbi, thanks for your inquiry!

      It is important to note that the lender/ bank will request for supporting documents and evidence of the stated income, so unless justification can be made of the income it would be best to wait until employment commences.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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      BobbiFebruary 23, 2015

      Hi
      I’ve already commenced my job in last November

      Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JonathanFebruary 23, 2015Staff

      Hi Bobbi, thanks for your response.

      Sorry for the misunderstanding, in this case you will be able to provide the lender with your proof of income.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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