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Institutions that allow joint account credit cards

Discover which banks offer joint credit cards so you can share an account with your partner.

There is a selection of credit card issuers in Australia that allow you to apply for a joint credit card with your partner or a family member. As well as giving you and your partner access to all the credit card's features and benefits, you will both be responsible for managing and paying off the account.

Use this guide to compare which credit card issuers offer joint accounts plus the pros and cons of opening a credit card account with another person.

Comparison of credit cards that allow joint applications

Rates last updated October 22nd, 2017
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
St.George Vertigo Visa
13.24% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$55 p.a.
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the ability to make contactless payments with Visa payWave technology.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Earn 1.5 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive an additional card at no extra cost.
BankSA Vertigo Visa
13.24% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$55 p.a.
Get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and be protected by a 24/7 fraud monitoring service.
BankSA Amplify Signature
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Earn 1.5 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent, receive complimentary travel insurance and access to the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection.
St.George Vertigo Platinum
12.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 24 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$99 p.a.
Offers complimentary travel insurance, complimentary purchase insurance and access to a 24/7 personal concierge service.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Visa Credit Card
13.24% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$55 p.a.
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the protection of Verified by Visa online purchases.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Platinum
12.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 24 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$99 p.a.
Get a range of complimentary insurance covers, access to a 24/7 concierge and up to 55 days interest-free on purchases.
BankSA Vertigo Platinum
12.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 24 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$99 p.a.
Take advantage of purchase protection, extended warranty and overseas travel insurance, plus a 24/7 concierge.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 1 Amplify Rewards Point per $1 spent and receive complimentary travel insurance and purchase protection.
St.George Amplify Signature
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Earn up to 1.5 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive two complimentary airport lounge passes per year.
BankSA Amplify Platinum
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 1 Amplify Rewards Point per $1 spent and redeem for a wide range of products including flights.

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How do joint credit card accounts work?

A joint credit card gives you and another person equal account access and status. This means you can both use the card and share financial responsibility for the account.

When you apply for a joint credit card, the issuer will consider the personal and financial details of both you and your partner. If your joint application is approved, the details of the account are listed on both your credit files and can impact on your individual credit ratings.

What are the pros and cons of a joint credit card account?

Pros

  • Can help get your application approved. If you have a poorer credit score and credit history than your partner, a joint credit card application can improve your chances of getting approved. This is because the credit card provider will assess both applicants jointly and a strong credit score can balance out the weaker one.
  • More flexible credit limits. The combined income of two people usually results in a higher credit limit or a more flexible one than the limit you might be offered when you apply individually.
  • Can improve your credit score. If you're approved for a joint credit card account, you can use it to help repair your credit score (or your partner's credit score) by making payments on time and avoiding carrying debt. Learn more about how to improve your credit rating.
  • Reduces bills and fees. Having a joint credit card account means you get one bill each month instead of two or more. This makes it easier for you to manage your bills and also saves on costs such as interest and annual fees.

Cons

  • Application risks. If you or your partner has a terrible credit score, your application for a joint credit card could be declined. This is because the credit card provider will assess both applicants jointly and a bad credit score can outweigh an average or good one. In this case, the result could be a rejection for both applicants and a black mark on both your credit reports. Learn more and check your credit score for free.
  • Overspending. With two people spending on one card at the same time, there is a higher change of going over your credit limit. Make sure you both track the account balance and share spending details so that you can avoid fees and other issues that can come from maxing out a card.
  • Shared debt. Sharing legal responsibility for the joint account credit card means you also run the risk of taking on debt that is not your own. If one party is not able to manage spending and repayments responsibly, both cardholders will suffer the consequences for it – including possible legal repercussions and a bad credit rating.

Comparison between institutions that allow joint-account holders and those that don't

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What other options are there for sharing a credit card account?

Most credit card issuers give you the option of requesting a supplementary or additional card for someone. In this case, you become the "primary cardholder" and your partner becomes a the "secondary cardholder".

This means you are the only person responsible for managing the account. The supplementary cardholder, on the other hand, is just an “authorised user” and has no liability for any debt owing on the credit card.

Joint account credit cards are a handy tool for couples who want to share a budget and take on the equal responsibility of a credit account. However, as not every bank offers joint bank accounts, you’ll need to compare your options to determine which card is right for you and your partner.

Frequently asked questions

Both account holders in a joint credit card account are legally liable for amounts owing on the account. A supplementary cardholder on the other hand is merely an “authorised user” and has zero liability for any debt owing on the credit card. In this instance, only the primary cardholder is responsible for amounts owed, and only the primary cardholder can make decisions on the account.

Unlike a supplementary card – where the supplementary cardholder earns rewards which are accrued to the primary cardholder – both account holders in a joint credit card account have access to any rewards available on the joint account.

No. You can apply for a joint account credit card with literally anyone who satisfies the bank’s requirements. Just make sure they are trustworthy for your own sake.

In general, yes. Both account holders need to consent to closing a joint account. An exception to this is when one account holder passes on. You should contact your card issuer to discuss your particular circumstances and specific account details.

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    PeterNovember 8, 2016

    What happens if one holder dies , does the credit card continue in the other holders name?

    • Staff
      MayNovember 8, 2016Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for your question.

      Is that for a joint account you’re asking? If so, once the other account holder dies, the other member will become liable to pay the outstanding balance since both of the account holders have equal access to all the functions and benefits of the credit card account.

      In the case of an individual account, the liability will be paid out of the deceased’s estate. In case there are not enough funds to pay out the debt, then the bank will offer a payment plan to the deceased’s spouse or will write the debt off. You may like to read this article for more information.

      Cheers,
      May

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    CuriousOctober 2, 2015

    Hi

    What rules apply regarding cancelling a joint credit card in Australia? Can one of the two joint card holders cancel the credit card or do you need the other person’s consent to cancel the joint card?

    Thanks

    • Staff
      SallyOctober 2, 2015Staff

      Hello,

      Thanks for your question.

      The conditions of account closure will depend on the card you have and the bank you’re with.

      Generally though, you can’t close a joint account without the permission of both account holders.

      You may wish to get in touch with your credit card issuer to discuss your options in further detail.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Sally

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    CarolynJanuary 9, 2015

    Could you confirm that this list is up to date in terms of which institutions have a joint credit card facility? Thanks

    • Staff
      JonathanJanuary 14, 2015Staff

      Hi Carolyn,

      Thanks for your question!

      We can confirm that the current list is up to date. While we do our best to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, there are ongoing updates to our pages to ensure this accuracy is maintained.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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    sandeepOctober 22, 2014

    Hi,i gt anz credit card with my wife as additional card holder she gt credit card from st george bank can she do balance transfer of anz card,thx

    • Staff
      ElizabethOctober 23, 2014Staff

      Hi Sandeep,

      Thanks for your question.

      Your wife will be able to apply for a balance transfer credit card with St George and bring over the balance from the ANZ card. When she applies for the St George card she will only be asked for the credit card number, so whoever’s name the account is in will not matter.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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