Why you don’t have a credit file

Elizabeth Barry 26 July 2016

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Credit files aren't financial records that are given to everyone – here's why you may be "credit invisible".

Your credit file is one of your most important financial records and it's often the main thing that will help or hinder your application for credit. However, not everyone will have a credit file.  According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 15,443,150 credit-active Australians in July 2013. These Australians will have engaged with credit providers by enquiring for credit or holding an account, and this activity will have been recorded on their file.

If you have attempted to order your credit file or apply for a credit account and found that your report didn't exist, you may be "credit invisible". Here's what it means and what you can do about it.

  • You haven't held a utility account

Utility accounts include phone (landline), gas, electricity and Internet accounts. These accounts are considered credit accounts and so are recorded on your credit file along with your repayment history. If you default on the account it will also be listed on your credit file.

  • You have never held a postpaid mobile phone account

If you have only ever held prepaid mobile accounts then these will not be listed on your credit file. Postpaid mobile accounts are ongoing contracts and require the provider (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and the like) to check your credit file in order for the contract to be approved.

  • You haven't made a credit enquiry

Applications for credit, whether or not they're approved, are listed on your credit file and includes all types of credit accounts. The lender will need to check your file to ensure the information on your application is accurate, and when the application is approved the account will be listed on your file.

How can I develop a credit history?

There's no single surefire way of developing your credit history, but there are a few techniques you can consider. Remember to examine your own personal financial situation before choosing the path for you:

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6 Responses to Why you don’t have a credit file

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    JOHNGEE | November 29, 2016

    “There is no credit file for you” – well, there should be as I have a credit card, telstra acct, and mobile post paid account.
    Please advise why I don’t have a file. Thanks, John

    • Staff
      May | November 29, 2016

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your question.

      You may not have entered enough information for Veda to locate your credit file. If you have moved in the past three years you need to enter two addresses and ensure your information is correct.

      Cheers,
      May

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    David | September 25, 2016

    Hi, i am unable to obtain my credit score, have tried numerous times???

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | September 26, 2016

      Hi,

      You may not have a credit file (for the reasons listed on the page above) which is why you could not receive your credit score. Other reasons may be that you did not provide enough information (e.g. a previous address) or that some of the information you entered was incorrect.

      I hope this has helped,

      Elizabeth

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    Prakash | September 19, 2016

    Cannot get my Credit Rating. Please check and advise why.

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      Elizabeth | September 19, 2016

      Hi,

      The tech team has investigated your issue and it appears you did not enter the city/suburb or it was entered incorrectly. Please fill out your details again and ensure this field is entered correctly, along with the other fields, and you will receive your score.

      Hope this information helps, please get in contact if you have further issues.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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