Apply for a credit card online using these simple steps.
If you've compared credit cards and found one that suits your needs, you can apply online in around 10–20 minutes. Most credit card issuers also offer you a response within 60 seconds of submitting your application.
If you're not sure where you start with your credit card application, you can use this guide to learn more about the process including how to compare credit cards, what you need to do to start an online credit card application and the details you'll need to provide.
How to apply for a credit card
- Compare your credit card options
The first step to finding the right card is comparing what's available to you. If you're unsure of the kind of card you want, you can start your search on our compare credit cards page. You can use the comparison tables to see features of similar cards side by side, or you can click 'More info' to read a review of the card. On our review pages you'll find detailed information of the card including rates, fees, features and benefits. You'll also be able to check the eligibility requirements to see if you're likely to be approved for the card.
- Click through to the online application
Once you've found the card you want to apply for, simply click 'Go to Site' from the comparison tables or review pages. This will open up a secure online application form that you're required to fill out in order to apply. This application form will be different depending on what card you're applying for.
- Provide your details and submit
You'll need to provide certain information about yourself in the form, which will generally take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete (depending on the card issuer). Take a look at our sections below for a detailed description of what you'll need to provide.
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Details you need to provide
- Personal details. Details such as your title, name, date of birth, marital status, whether you have any dependent children, your drivers licence or medicare card number (if applicable), your Australian residency status as well as whether you are an existing customer of the bank will be required.
- Contact details and address. Applicants usually need to enter up to two phone contact numbers as well as a valid email address.
- Referee details. Sometimes you'll need to provide the information of a referee. This usually needs to be someone close to you who has known you for a while, and cannot be living with you.
- Income. This is where you enter your regular income from employment. If your monthly income is requested you'll need to divide your annual income by 12. Now, some applications could ask for an annual income, and some may even ask for your income after tax, so read each application carefully and remember to hover your mouse over the information button to get a better sense of exactly what information each field on the application is actually after. You should also check whether before or after-tax income is requested.
- Monthly expenses. Enter your share of the rent or mortgage each month and your share of the monthly living expenses.
- Assets and liabilities. In this section, you'll need to list whether you own any property, the balance of your other accounts, as well as the value of your other assets. The latter of which can include things like cars and computers and almost anything else you own of substantial value. After you've listed all your assets, you'll need to record your liabilities, including the total limit of all your credit cards, the total amount owing as well as whether you have any other loans besides your mortgage.
- Current employment details. Enter your current employment status and your occupation. If you are self-employed, you will likely have to provide your accountant's details.
- Employer's address. This is where you enter the details of your employer. This is asked in your application, as credit issuers need to verify your employment before approving your application. If you have only had you job for a short period of time, your credit issuer may request a letter from your employer to confirm that you are no longer on probation.
Your card preferences
At one stage in your application you will be asked about the preferences for your credit card. This may be split up across different stages of your application, such as asking you what credit limit you want at the start of the application and if you want a balance transfer at the end, but you are likely to run into these all of these questions at some stage.
- Balance transfer. If you want to take advantage of a balance transfer with your new card, you're likely to need to request it when you apply for your new card. You'll need to list the issuers of the current credit cards which you wish to balance transfer. You'll also need to enter their respective card numbers and how much you want to balance transfer from each card.
- Additional cardholders. The amount of cardholders that can be added will vary from product to product, but when you apply you will need to enter details on each additional applicant. This includes their title, first and surnames, date of birth and any other details that are required.
Credit limit. You will be able to request a certain credit limit or have the issuer offer you a credit limit. Whatever limit you are approved for will depend on your current financial circumstances.
Credit limit increase invitation. Credit issuers aren't able to offer you credit limit increase invitations unless you request that they send them to you, and you will need to answer this on your application. If you select 'yes' to receiving credit limit increases, you can elect to have them stopped later on.
Reviewing your application
In the review section, you'll get a summary of all the details you've entered as part of your application. Check that they are all correct as this is the last chance to confirm the accuracy of your application before you submit it. Please remember that once you click 'Submit', the application will be processed and an enquiry mark will be recorded on your credit file. Most online applications will offer you a response within a minute or two of applying. You may be approved, conditionally approved, declined, or the bank may need more information from you.
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