Low income credit cards

There are credit cards available to low-income earners in Australia. Use this guide to assess your options and decide if one is right for you.

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Some credit cards in Australia have relatively low minimum income requirements of $15,000 to $25,000 per year. These cards provide people in lower-income brackets, students and retirees with access to credit and often also keep fees and charges to a minimum.

Use this guide to compare types of low-income credit cards and before applying for any card, be sure to check the minimum income requirements. We also outline the different features available and answer frequently asked questions so you can get a credit card that suits your circumstances.

What are the features and benefits of a low income credit card?

  • Lower minimum income requirements. As the name suggests, low income credit cards usually have lower minimum income requirements starting at $15,000 p.a. If your annual income fits within the $15,000 and $25,000 bracket, you may be eligible for one of these cards.
  • Competitive annual fee. Low income credit cards usually come with lower annual account keeping fees than more premium cards. You might even be able to find a low income card that doesn't charge ongoing annual fees or has a $0 annual fee promotional offer.
  • Lower interest rates. Some low income cards also double as low rate cards. This means you could get a card that charges a purchase rate of less than 13% p.a. Look out for low income cards with low or 0% promotional interest rates as well.
  • Interest-free days. Most low income cards offer interest-free days on purchases, though the number of days (such as up to 55 days) would vary from card to card. To take advantage of these interest-free days, you have to pay your account’s closing balance completely every month.
  • No frills features. Most low-income credit cards don't offer expensive extras like rewards, concierge services, travel perks and included insurance covers.
  • Build credit. If you're using a low income credit card with low interest rates, you could use the card to build up a healthy credit score if you pay off your debt each statement period. With good creditworthiness, you'll have increased chances of approval when applying for other loans in the future.


What should I consider when comparing for a low income credit card?

If you want to apply for a low income credit card, here are the key factors to consider when you're weighing up your options.

  • Minimum income requirement. Not all cards have the same minimum income requirement. While some allow applications from individuals who earn $15,000 p.a. or more, some others have requirements from $20,000 to $25,000. Keep in mind that your income is assessed against your expenses. So if you meet the minimum income, but your expenses are too high in relation, your application may still be declined.
  • Source of income. Most lenders will require that you report at least one source of income on your application. If you are unemployed or do not earn a regular salary, government benefits, rental income, child support, superannuation and other types of income may also be considered.
  • Earnings. If you don’t meet the minimum income requirement of any given credit card, you still have options. For instance, you could apply for a joint account and add your spouse’s income to your income as the total household earning.
  • Credit history. If you have a low credit score, work on repairing it before applying. You can consider getting a temporary part-time job to increase your monthly income. Making sure you provide all the required information in your application also increases chances of approval. If you don't know your credit score, you can get it for free on Finder.
  • Affordability. Before you apply for the card, make sure you've confirmed that you can afford it. If you end up borrowing more than you can repay and get into unmanageable debt, this will have a negative impact on your credit rating. Use the reviews on finder and read the relevant product disclosure statement to make sure you understand the costs of the card before applying.

How can I apply for a low-income credit card?

If you've compared your options and found a credit card that suits your needs, you can apply online in around 10–20 minutes. Before you get started, make sure you meet the other eligibility requirements. As well as the minimum income, this includes being over 18 years old and meeting the Australian residency status requirements listed for the card.

Details you'll need for the application

Smiling couple looking at a laptopWhen you apply for a credit card, you need to share information about your personal and financial circumstances. While each application is different in structure, here is a rundown the key information you'll be asked for:

  • Personal details. This includes your full name, date of birth and residential address and living arrangements. If you've only lived at your current address for a few years, you may need to provide details of your previous address as well.
  • Identification. You'll be asked for your driver's licence number, or another form of ID such as your passport or Medicare card number. This helps confirm your identity and also makes it possible for the credit card provider to request access to your credit file.
  • Employment information. This includes your salary, role, length of employment and your employer's contact details. You may also be asked for recent payslips to confirm these details. If you're self-employed or retired, you may be asked for details such as your latest Tax Assessment Notice, income from government benefits, superannuation or contact details for your accountant.
  • Financial information. As well as your main source of income, you'll be asked about any additional money you've earned. This includes interest from any savings accounts, as well as other assets such as shares or property. You'll also need to give details of any existing debts (including loans and other credit cards) and monthly household expenses.

Depending on the credit card provider, you may be asked for more details once the application is submitted. This could include supporting documentation such as payslips, bank statements and copies of your identification.

Compare Cards With a Low Minimum Credit Limit

Updated January 28th, 2020
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate Annual fee Min credit limit Max credit limit Minimum Income
St.George Vertigo Card - Exclusive Offer
0% for 14 months, reverts to 13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
Finder Exclusive:
Low rate card offering 0% p.a. interest on purchases for the first 14 months and on balance transfers for 6 months. Plus, a $0 first year annual fee.
Bank of Melbourne No Annual Fee Card
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Enjoy 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers, up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and no annual fee for the life of the card.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$55 p.a.
Enjoy 0% p.a. interest for up to 18 months on balance transfers. Plus, a low annual fee and competitive purchase rate.
St.George Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$55 p.a.
Get 0% p.a. interest for up to 18 months on balance transfers with no balance transfer fee. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase rate.
St.George No Annual Fee
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, a low minimum credit limit of $500 and a long-term balance transfer offer.
BankSA Vertigo
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$55 p.a.
Enjoy a 0% p.a. interest rate for up to 18 months on balance transfers. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase interest rate.
Bankwest Breeze Classic Mastercard
12.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 26 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$39 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter)
0% interest on balance transfers for the first 26 months, with a 2% balance transfer fee. Plus, a discounted first year annual fee.
BankSA No Annual Fee
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Offers a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer, up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and an ongoing $0 annual fee.

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    RajuAugust 28, 2019

    Hi i have annual income of $61473 and taxable annual income is $23087.I am a student in Sydney and run my own small handyman business ,and i don’t know if i can get a credit card can you make it clear or help me.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      NikkiAugust 30, 2019Staff

      Hi Raju,

      Thanks for your message. It’s great to know that you are looking to apply for a credit card. To get started, compare from the cards on the list above. Read the part of the page that says “What should I consider when comparing for a low-income credit card?” to help you decide which card to go for. As a friendly reminder, check the eligibility requirements of the card before proceeding with your application. Also, read about its features and benefits and see how it fits your financial needs. Additionally, it’s helpful to review the PDS and Terms & Conditions of the card before fully committing to the card. You may also reach out to the bank if you have any clarifications.

      Hope this helps!


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    SavannahApril 8, 2018

    We have plenty of assets but not a high income.
    We have to pay ATO a huge cgt bill this year and hoped to benefit by gaining frequent flyer points.
    I tried to join Amex today as it offers 100,000 points until TOMORROW!!
    Do you think this is possible?

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      JoelApril 8, 2018

      Hi Savannah,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      It is very possible to get the 100,000 points if you get approved before 12 midnight. When you apply for a credit card, you can usually expect an immediate response (or at least 60 seconds). However, if you still haven’t heard back from the provider, you can consider calling AMEX to directly follow up.

      Also, if you would like to check out our guide on how to check your credit card application, you can go HERE.

      Hope it helps.


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    RITUFebruary 2, 2017

    My annual salary is 210000.is it possible to get credit card

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MayFebruary 2, 2017Staff

      Hi Ritu,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’m afraid that the credit cards we feature on our pages are available to people who are in Australia only. You’d be best to get in touch with a bank in India to discuss your chances of approval for a credit card.


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    MelSeptember 14, 2016

    I have been ill for the past 4 years and as a result sent me into bankruptcy. I am now out of my bankruptcy time. My only income is from government disability payments, which equate to approx $28000 pa. Yet I have tried to apply for a low credit amount and still being declined. What can I apply for that WILL be approved and give me a chance to redeem my unfortunate past circumstances.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ArraSeptember 22, 2016Staff

      Hi Mel,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Please note that finder.com.au is an online comparison service and is not in a position to recommend specific products, providers and services.

      You might want to check our guide about getting a credit card if bankrupt or repaying debt to give you some tips on increasing your chance of getting approved for a credit card in the future.

      I hope this has helped.


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    AmanNovember 10, 2015

    my annual income is 160000..is it possible to get credit card

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JonathanNovember 11, 2015Staff

      Hi Aman, thanks for your inquiry!

      Please see this page for low income credit cards starting from $15,000.



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    dhanOctober 12, 2015

    hi, i am looking for low base credit card, my monthly income14500/- is it possible get credit card??

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JonathanOctober 13, 2015Staff

      Hi Dhan,

      Thank you for your inquiry.
      The minimum income required for a credit card application varies depending on the bank but is generally at least $15,000. You may want to check the eligibility requirements on your preferred credit card and speak to a bank representative.

      To understand how other eligibility requirements can affect your application, you can refer on this page.

      I hope this helps.



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    JasonSeptember 1, 2015

    I earn 20k a year, and am looking for a 4k credit card. What are my chances?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JonathanSeptember 2, 2015Staff

      Hi Jason, thanks for your inquiry!

      Your eligibility for being approved for a credit card depends on the specific bank’s lending requirements and minimum income requirement. The income requirements/ application requirements are available on each review page.



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    TriciaFebruary 18, 2014

    Hi im looking for a transfer balance credit card! I have two I would like to put together to make it easier for me this is the amount of 5,000! I am a low income earner of about 19,,000 per year! Can you please point me in the right direction! :)

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JacobFebruary 19, 2014Staff

      Hi, Tricia.

      Thanks for your question.

      This page features cards that are suitable for people with a low income. You may also want to have a look at our low rate credit card comparison page.

      You can enter your details into the calculator at the top of the comparison table to see which card offers what in terms of savings when you transfer a balance. You can also use the check boxes to the left of the card name in the table (and then click compare) for a side by side comparison of credit cards. This will allow you to compare multiple credit cards and easily view things like income requirements and fees.

      Let us know if you have any further questions about finding a credit card and I hope this has answered your question.

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    JudithJune 14, 2013

    Hello. I attempted to do a balance transfer from my Citibank mastercard to Bendigo basic black. I did try several times online only for those applications being terminated half way through. I then went to my local Bendigo branch and started the process there. My aim was to a have a lower interest rate and better manage my credit card debt. I earn $900 a fortnight gross and own my own home. Bendigo have finally advised after much stuffing around that I do not meet their lending criteria. Please advise what are my options now and does that fact that I have made several applications have an effect on future applications? Thank you cheers Judith.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JacobJune 14, 2013Staff

      Hi Judith. Thanks for your question. If you’ve applied for credit a couple of times in the recent past this may have some bearing on your future applications. There is no hard and fast rule about how many times you can apply for credit in a certain time frame before it negatively affects your application, but try to think about it from the lender’s perspective. If they can see that you’ve applied for credit six times in the last month, it would appear to them that you are a credit hungry customer and may be grounds for declining your application. But it’s not all bad if you have had a few applications on your credit file in the past. If you’ve been able to successfully manage the products you’ve applied for then there no reason why you shouldn’t be able to keep applying for credit (within your ability to repay). One possible action is to order a copy of your credit file. This will let you see what the lender sees when you apply for credit. You may want to consider waiting to apply for more credit. Hope this has helped and let us know if you need anything else. Jacob.

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    DawnApril 3, 2013

    I earn 5000 a year can I get a low interest credit card

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JacobApril 3, 2013Staff

      Hi Dawn. I’m not sure. If you would like further clarification, speak to the lender directly. People on low incomes do get approved though, your credit limit won’t be high. Jacob.

Credit Cards Comparison

Updated January 28th, 2020
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate Annual fee
HSBC Platinum Credit Card - Balance Transfer Offer
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 22 months
$129 p.a.
Enjoy a balance transfer offer, yearly annual fee refund, airport lounge passes and complimentary insurance covers.
St.George Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$55 p.a.
Get 0% p.a. interest for up to 18 months on balance transfers with no balance transfer fee. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase rate.

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