CUA Credit Cards

CUA provides a low rate and a platinum credit card, and both come with introductory balance transfer offers.

The origins of Credit Union Australia (CUA) date back to the 1940s in Queensland. This was when small credit unions such as the Catholic Thrift and Loan Co-op and the Postal Workers Co-op Credit Society began operating. The name Credit Union Australia officially came into effect in 1980, and it has since brought together over 160 credit unions.

Now, CUA is the largest customer-owned financial institution in the country. It offers its customers a range of financial products and services one would typically associate with a bank, including two Mastercard credit cards.

CUA Low Rate Credit Card

CUA Credit Card Offer

A low rate card with 0% p.a. interest rate on balance transfers for 13 months, interest-free days on purchases and a waived annual fee for the first year.

  • $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter) annual fee
  • 11.99% p.a. on purchases
  • 0% p.a. for 13 months on balance transfers
  • Cash Advance Rate of 21.74% p.a.
  • Up to 55 days interest free

Comparison of CUA Credit Cards

Rates last updated March 1st, 2017
Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee
CUA Low Rate Credit Card
Take advantage of the 0% p.a. balance transfer rate for 13 months, a low ongoing interest rate on purchases and a waived annual fee for the first year.
11.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 13 months $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
CUA Platinum Credit Card
Enjoy a low balance transfer offer and no annual fee for the first year.
19.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 13 months $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info

Types of credit cards from CUA

CUA offers two different Mastercard credit cards, both of which offer easy access to funds just about anywhere in the world. These cards offer different features designed to suit a range of people. Here’s what you can expect from each:

  • Low rate credit card

This type of credit card offers a low standard variable interest rate on purchases and usually comes with minimal features. The CUA Low Rate Credit Card charges a competitive 11.99% p.a. (variable) on purchases. It also allows you to save money on existing debt with a 0% p.a. balance transfer offer for the first 13 months. This card offers a $0 annual fee in the first year, normally $49 p.a.

Rates last updated March 1st, 2017
Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee Interest Free Period
CUA Low Rate Credit Card
Take advantage of the 0% p.a. balance transfer rate for 13 months, a low ongoing interest rate on purchases and a waived annual fee for the first year.
11.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 13 months $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter) Up to 55 days on purchases Go to site More info
Rates last updated March 1st, 2017
Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee Interest Free Period
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
The NAB Low Rate Card offers 0% p.a. on balance transfers for the first 18 months combined with a low annual fee.
13.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 18 months with a one off 3% balance transfer fee $59 p.a. Up to 55 days on purchases Go to site More info
American Express Essential Credit Card
Receive a $50 credit on eligible spend and get Smartphone screen insurance combined with a no annual fee for life card. Also enjoy a 0% p.a. balance transfer rate for 12 months.
14.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee $0 p.a. Up to 55 days on purchases Go to site More info
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Visa Credit Card
Enjoy a low annual fee combined with 0% p.a. balance transfer offer for 12 months and 0% p.a. for up to 6 months on purchases.
0% p.a. for 6 months (reverts to 13.24% p.a.) 0% p.a. for 12 months $55 p.a. Up to 55 days on purchases Go to site More info
HSBC Low Rate Credit Card
This card comes with a balance transfer offer, a low interest rate and up to 55 days interest-free on purchases.
13.25% p.a. 0% p.a. for 15 months with 2% balance transfer fee $55 p.a. Up to 55 days on purchases Go to site More info
Bankwest Breeze MasterCard
Enjoy an introductory rate of 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 21 months (2% balance transfer fee applies). Limited time only.
12.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 21 months with 2% balance transfer fee $59 p.a. Up to 55 days on purchases Go to site More info
ANZ Low Rate Platinum
$250 Back plus 0% p.a. for the first 6 months on purchases from approval.
0% p.a. for 6 months (reverts to 11.49% p.a.) $99 p.a. Up to 55 days on purchases Go to site More info
NAB Low Rate Platinum Card
Offers a low introductory rate of 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months plus enjoy premium benefits including international travel insurance.
13.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 18 months with a one off 3% balance transfer fee $100 p.a. Up to 55 days on purchases Go to site More info
St.George Vertigo Visa
Introductory offer of 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers and 0% p.a. for 6 months on purchases, plus a low annual fee.
0% p.a. for 6 months (reverts to 13.24% p.a.) 0% p.a. for 12 months $55 p.a. Up to 55 days on purchases Go to site More info
Westpac Low Rate Card
A simple low interest rate card featuring a low ongoing rate on purchases, up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and a low annual fee.
0% p.a. for 6 months (reverts to 13.49% p.a.) 0% p.a. for 12 months $59 p.a. Up to 55 days on purchases Go to site More info
Learn more about Low Rate Credit Cards
  • Platinum credit card

The CUA Platinum Credit Card is a premium product that comes linked to the CUA Life Rich Rewards program, enabling you to earn and redeem reward points as you use the card. It also offers complimentary international travel insurance, transit accident insurance, purchase protection insurance covers, and a concierge service. This card comes with an introductory 0% p.a. balance transfer rate for the first 13 months. It charges an annual fee of $149, which is waived in the first year.

Rates last updated March 1st, 2017
Points per $ spent Complimentary Travel Insurance Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee
CUA Platinum Credit Card
Enjoy a low balance transfer offer and no annual fee for the first year.
VISA/MC: 1 AMEX: 0 Yes 19.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 13 months $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Rates last updated March 1st, 2017
Points per $ spent Complimentary Travel Insurance Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee
NAB Premium Card
Platinum credit card benefits including higher credit limits and travel insurance, plus a low interest rate on balance transfers.
VISA/MC: 0 AMEX: 0 Yes 19.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 24 months with a one off 3% balance transfer fee $90 p.a. Go to site More info
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
Receive a full annual fee refund and save $149 if you meet the $6,000 spend requirement. Enjoy a balance transfer offer and platinum card benefits such as complimentary insurances and concierge services.
VISA/MC: 1 AMEX: 0 Yes 19.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 15 months $149 p.a. Go to site More info
ANZ Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
Receive a low introductory offer of 0% p.a. on purchases for 3 months and 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 12 months. Also, enjoy an annual fee waiver in the first year.
VISA/MC: 0 AMEX: 0 Yes 0% p.a. for 3 months (reverts to 19.74% p.a.) 0% p.a. for 12 months $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($87 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Citi Rewards Credit Card - Platinum Card
Enjoy a long term balance transfer offer and earn 1.25 Citi Reward Points on per $1 spent for all domestic purchases.
VISA/MC: 1.25 AMEX: 0 Yes 20.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 24 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee $49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
Earn 2 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months and a low 0% p.a. for 18 months on balance transfers. Receive a free Virgin Australia $129 Gift Voucher each year.
VISA/MC: 0.66 AMEX: 0 No 20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 18 months $64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
American Express Qantas Ultimate Card
Enjoy up to 50,000 bonus Qantas Points on eligible spend, earn up to 3 Qantas Points per $1 spent and get a free domestic return flight every year.
VISA/MC: 0 AMEX: 1 Yes 20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee $450 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Explorer Credit Card
Receive 50,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points on eligible spend within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Also enjoy a $400 travel voucher and two complimentary airline passes per year.
2 Yes 20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee $395 p.a. Go to site More info
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points on eligible spend within 3 months. Enjoy access to premium benefits and complimentary insurance.
VISA/MC: 1 AMEX: 0 Yes 19.99% p.a. $199 p.a. Go to site More info
Bankwest Breeze Platinum MasterCard
A Platinum card offer with a 0% p.a. for 21 months on balance transfers and $0 on foreign transactions. Limited time only.
VISA/MC: 0 AMEX: 0 Yes 12.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 21 months with 2% balance transfer fee $99 p.a. Go to site More info
Citi Simplicity Card
Take advantage of the 0% p.a. for 15 months offer on balance transfers, a low interest rate on purchases, an annual fee waiver for life, plus 5% cash back on retail purchases.
VISA/MC: 0 AMEX: 0 No 19.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 15 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee $0 p.a. Go to site More info
28 Degrees Platinum MasterCard
Benefit from no international transaction fees on purchases, no currency conversion fees and no annual fee.
No 21.99% p.a. 4.99% p.a. for 6 months $0 p.a. Go to site More info
ANZ Low Rate Platinum
$250 Back plus 0% p.a. for the first 6 months on purchases from approval.
Yes 0% p.a. for 6 months (reverts to 11.49% p.a.) $99 p.a. Go to site More info
NAB Low Rate Platinum Card
Offers a low introductory rate of 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months plus enjoy premium benefits including international travel insurance.
Yes 13.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 18 months with a one off 3% balance transfer fee $100 p.a. Go to site More info
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
An interest-free period on both purchases and balance transfers.
VISA/MC: 0.66 AMEX: 0 No 0% p.a. for 12 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.) 0% p.a. for 6 months $129 p.a. Go to site More info
Commonwealth Bank Business Platinum Awards Credit Card
Earn up to 3 Awards points per dollar spent and enjoy a range complimentary insurances.
VISA/MC: 1 AMEX: 3 Yes 20.74% p.a. 5.99% p.a. for 5 months $300 p.a. Go to site More info
Learn more about Platinum Credit Cards

Benefits of a CUA credit card

Some of the features and benefits you can enjoy with a CUA credit card include:

  • Balance transfer offers

CUA credit cards allow you to consolidate your existing card debt and save money on interest with competitive balance transfer offers. The CUA Low Rate Credit Card offers 0% p.a. on balance transfers for the first 13 months. Similarly, the CUA Platinum Credit Card offers 0% p.a. balance transfer rate for the first 13 months.

  • Interest-free days

Both CUA credit cards offer up to 55 interest-free days on purchases, but to enjoy these interest-free days you have to pay your account’s outstanding balance in full every month.

  • Additional cards

If you choose to get a CUA credit card, you can request up to 9 additional cards. This allows you to share your account with a partner or family member, and could help maximise your reward point earnings if you choose the CUA Platinum Credit Card. Keep in mind that you remain liable for all purchases made using additional cards linked to your primary card.

  • Online and mobile banking

Keep track of your credit card transactions and manage your account 24/7 from anywhere using CUA’s online banking platform or mobile banking app.

  • ATM network

CUA customers can access their accounts through the entire rediATM network, which comprises of more than 3,000 ATMs across Australia.

  • CUA member benefits

CUA ensures that its profits go back to its customers in the form of lower fees and better rates. It also gives you the ability to bundle products such as credit cards and home loans, which can simplify your banking and help you save more on fees. In addition to these benefits, CUA members can participate in it's governance, ask questions about management and financial performance and even have voting rights at the Annual General Meeting.

How to apply for a CUA credit card

You can apply for a CUA credit card online in just four steps. Before you apply, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements and have all the relevant details on hand to speed up the process.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must be a permanent resident of Australia
  • Other criteria will also apply

Required documents

  • Personal details. Your complete name, date of birth, marital status, number of dependents, and mother’s maiden name.
  • Contact details. Your residential address, time spent there, residential status, phone number, and email address.
  • Employment details. Your employment status, employer’s name and contact details, and time spent with current employer
  • Financial details. This includes information on our assets, such as investments, shares or savings. It also includes details of any existing debts and loans, as well as regular payments such as rent and household bills.

CUA credit cards provide a competitive range of features that are designed to suit a wide range of different lifestyles and needs. When considering one of these credit cards, make sure you check all the requirements and fine print. It's also important to compare a range of other options so that you can choose a credit card that suits your needs.

Frequently asked questions

What does the application process involve?

You can apply for a CUA credit card online via a secure application form. This process has four steps to it, where you provide information about yourself and your finances. It should only take around 15-20 minutes to complete the application, and you should hear from CUA soon after submitting it.

If CUA approves your application you might have to verify your identify by sharing supporting documentation or by visiting a branch. After CUA verifies your identity, it dispatches your credit card and PIN.

Are there any limitations on balance transfers?

To take advantage of the special balance transfer rate you have to inform CUA of your intention to transfer balances when you apply. You will need to include details of the debts you wish to balance transfer on your application. Note that you cannot transfer more than 80% of your new card’s credit limit. You also cannot use your new card to transfer balances from existing CUA credit cards.

What information do I have to provide to move forward with a balance transfer?

You have to provide the name of the card issuer, your account number, and the amount you wish to transfer.

Can I use my CUA credit card for cash advances?

Yes, you can. Cash advances attract a higher interest rate than purchases. CUA also charges a cash advance fee worth 2.00% of the cash advance amount, with minimum of $3.50. Note that cash advance transactions are not eligible for interest-free days, which means you'll pay interest from the time the transaction is made.

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23 Responses to CUA Credit Cards

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    Shirley | December 30, 2016

    I am on the age pension do I qualify with no debts 22,880 per year

    • Staff
      May | December 30, 2016

      Hi Shirley,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Unfortunately, you must be employed when you apply for the CUA credit card. The banks/credit card companies that may accept applications from retired and pensioner applicants are listed here. On the same page, you can find the documents you’ll need to improve your chances of approval.

      Hope that helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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    Terry | February 4, 2016

    I have a platinum master card with CUA. Iam travelling to Canada & America in May 2016.I believe i get free travel insurance if holiday is purchased via my card.How do i get details for my travel insurance.
    Regards Terry Murray

    • Staff
      Sharon | February 4, 2016

      Hi Terry,

      Thanks for you inquiry.

      Complimentary Travel Insurance is provided automatically to CUA cardholders. For complete details about this cover, you may refer to CUA’s travel insurance PDS I have sent to your email.

      Cheers,

      Sharon

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    ken | May 7, 2015

    How do I make my account MasterCard paperless?

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      Jonathan | May 7, 2015

      Hi Ken, thanks for your inquiry!

      Receiving paperless statements can be requested through CUA online account login or by contacting CUA directly.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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    Pat | March 24, 2015

    What airlines would I be able to receive frequent flyer points with my cua credit card?

    • Staff
      Jonathan | March 24, 2015

      Hi Pat, thanks for your inquiry!

      Unfortunately at this point of time there is no frequent flyers program available with CUA. Please see the following page for a list of frequent flyers credit cards.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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    Paul | March 14, 2015

    I have no credit history .

    • Staff
      Jonathan | March 16, 2015

      Hi Paul, thanks for your inquiry!

      CUA will assess your personal situation including identification requirements and financial information. More details on these criteria are available in the ‘Information needed for a CUA credit card application’ section on this page.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

  6. Staff
    Elizabeth | November 24, 2014

    Hi Kashif,

    Thanks for your question.

    You can find out about applying for a credit card as a temporary resident on this page.

    I hope this will help.

    Thanks,

    Elizabeth

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    migon | October 27, 2014

    can u please send travel insurance policy document. thanks.

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | October 28, 2014

      Hi Migon,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve emailed you a link to the document.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    Grant | April 22, 2014

    Could you send me the policy document with details of the complimentary travel insurance which comes with my CUA Platinum mastercard?

    • Staff
      Shirley | April 24, 2014

      Hi Grant,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve sent a link to the PDF to your inbox.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    LA | January 27, 2014

    Could you send me the policy document with details of the complimentary travel insurance which comes with my CUA Platinum mastercard?

    • Staff
      Marc | January 28, 2014

      Hi LA,
      thanks for the question.

      The CUA Platinum card has insurance offered by Zurich. I’ve emailed you a link to the policy document.

      Cheers,
      Marc.

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      kathy | March 27, 2014

      I purchased 5 airline tickets for myself and family. Can you please tell me if I am covered for insurance and what extent. Do I still need to take additional cover. Thanks

    • Staff
      Jacob | March 28, 2014

      Hi, Kathy.

      I have sent the policy document to your email.

      Thanks for your question.

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    D | December 25, 2013

    Am I covered for free travel insurance if I have CUA Platinum MasterCard

    Thanks

    • Staff
      Jacob | December 26, 2013

      Hi D.

      International travel insurance is a complimentary benefit currently included with this card. I have sent the policy document to your email. It has information on eligibility requirements and a description of the cover.

      I hope this helps.

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      Paul | May 26, 2014

      Hi my name is Paul I wish to f/u complimentary travel insurance with my platinum master card we are traveling o/seas p/o cruise in aug 2014 can you send me full policy details please

    • Staff
      Shirley | May 28, 2014

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve emailed you the Product Disclosure Statement for this product.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

Credit Cards Comparison

Rates last updated March 1st, 2017
Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
Earn 2 Velocity Points per $1 spent and save with a reduced annual fee and a 0% p.a. balance transfer offer for 18 months.
20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 18 months $64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points on eligible spend within 3 months. Enjoy access to premium benefits and complimentary insurance.
19.99% p.a. $199 p.a. Go to site More info
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
The NAB Low Rate Card offers 0% p.a. on balance transfers for the first 18 months combined with a low annual fee.
13.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 18 months with a one off 3% balance transfer fee $59 p.a. Go to site More info

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