Westpac Low Rate Credit Card – Rates and Fees

Save on credit card costs with 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 24 months and a $0 first year annual fee.

The Westpac Low Rate credit card is designed to provide the flexibility of a credit card account without high costs. If you apply for this card by 27 November 2018, you can enjoy 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 24 months (with a one-time 1% balance transfer fee).

Designed for the no-frills cardholder, in addition to the ability to consolidate existing debt, this card charges a low 13.49% p.a. rate on purchases and offers up to 55 interest-free days when you don't carry a balance transfer.

Product NameWestpac Low Rate Card
Balance transfer rate (p.a.)0% p.a. for 24 months with 1% balance transfer fee
Balance Transfer Revert Rate
The interest rate after the balance transfer ends.
Cash Advance Rate (19.49% p.a.)
Balance Transfer Limit80% of available credit limit
Purchase rate (p.a.)13.49% p.a.
Offer end date27 November 2018
Annual fee$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($59 p.a. thereafter)
Interest Free Period
The interest-free period is the maximum number of days during which interest is not charged on new purchases. This only applies if you pay your closing balance in full by the statement due date.
Up to 55 days on purchases
Cash advance rate (p.a.)19.49% p.a.
Min credit limit
This is the lowest credit card limit that you can request. It is possible to apply for a higher credit card limit but not a lower one than this figure.
$1,000
Max credit limit
This credit limit may not be issued to you immediately upon application. This is the maximum credit limit available on this card and you can apply for increases after the account has been opened.
$25,000
Card TypeVisa
Foreign Currency Conversion Fee (VISA)
Foreign currency conversion fees are charged when you make a transaction that is converted by a credit card network, such as MasterCard, Visa or American Express, from Australian dollars to a foreign currency. You’ll also incur a currency conversion fee if you make a purchase or obtain a cash advance in Australian dollars while overseas or shopping online with a foreign merchant or financial institution.
3% of transaction value
Complimentary Travel InsuranceNo
Minimum Income$15,000
Minimum Age18 years of age
Available To Temporary ResidentsYes - Conditions apply
Joint ApplicationNo
Annual fee$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($59 p.a. thereafter)
Minimum Monthly Repayment2% or $10, whichever is greater
Late Payment Fee$15
Foreign Currency Conversion Fee (VISA)
Foreign currency conversion fees are charged when you make a transaction that is converted by a credit card network, such as MasterCard, Visa or American Express, from Australian dollars to a foreign currency. You’ll also incur a currency conversion fee if you make a purchase or obtain a cash advance in Australian dollars while overseas or shopping online with a foreign merchant or financial institution.
3% of transaction value
Cash Advance Fee2% of the transaction amount or $2.50
Overseas Cash Advance Fee2%
Gambling Transactions AllowedYes
Additional Cardholder Fee$0
Number of Additional Cardholders1

Pros

  • Take advantage of a promotional offer of 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers.
  • Save with a $0 annual fee for the first year.
  • You can request for an additional cardholder at no extra cost.

Cons

  • This card has no rewards program.
  • A one-time 1% balance transfer fee applies.
  • Complimentary insurance covers are not offered on this card.

Benefits of the Westpac Low Rate credit card

  • 0% balance transfer offer. You can consolidate other card debts by transferring up to 3 non-Westpac balances to this card and save with 0% p.a. interest for the first 24 months (with a one-time 1% BT fee) when you apply by 27 November 2018. At the end of the introductory period, any remaining balance will revert to the variable cash advance rate.
  • First year annual fee waiver. This card charges $0 annual fee for the first year ($59 p.a. thereafter).
  • Low variable purchase rate. This card has a variable purchase rate of 13.49% p.a.
  • Additional cardholders. Get 1 additional cardholder for $0 p.a.
  • Contactless technology. The Visa card can be used for Visa payWave terminals with contactless technology. You can also link your Westpac credit card with Samsung Pay or Google Pay to make contactless payments with your smartphone. Plus, you can use the Westpac mobile banking app to make contactless payments with your Samsung smartphone.

Features of the Westpac Low Rate credit card

  • Annual fee. Outside of any promotion, this card charges an annual fee of $59 p.a.
  • Cash advances. If you use your card to make a cash advance, such as an ATM withdrawal, you'll collect an interest rate of 19.49% p.a. and will be charged a fee of 2% of the transaction amount or $2.50.
  • Currency conversion rate. If you use your card to make a foreign transaction overseas or online, you'll collect an interest rate of 3%.
  • Interest-free days. If you pay your account balance in full by the due date on each statement, you can enjoy up to 55 days interest-free on your purchases. Note that interest-free days are not available for cash advance transactions or if you carry debt from a balance transfer.

How to apply for the Westpac Low Rate credit card

If you’ve compared your options and decided that the Westpac Low Rate credit card is right for you, you can apply for this card by completing the online application form. Before you apply, make sure you comply with the eligibility requirements and have the necessary information and documents.

Eligibility criteria

  • Minimum age limit. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply.
  • Residency. Westpac only approves applications from permanent Australian residents and Australian citizens.

Required documents

  • Proof of identity. You'll need to provide some form of identification such as Australian driver's licence, Medicare card or Australian passport.
  • Financial details. The credit card provider will also require your personal and financial details to assess your credit rating and source of income. If you receive government support and payments, you'll need to provide your Centrelink Pension Card details.
  • Employment details. You'll need to provide details about your employment including your annual income and your employer's details.

The Westpac Low Rate credit card is designed to ease the burden that comes with credit repayments. As it's not the only low rate card on the market, compare similar credit cards to ensure you're applying for the right card.

Back to top
Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Privacy & Cookies Policy and Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy.

681 Responses

  1. Default Gravatar
    JenNovember 7, 2018

    I need to apply for a credit card for my daughter (18 years of age) for her to purchase petrol (which we then pout under our business related expenses). Is it possible for her to have a credit card in her name is she is only a student and now looking for part-time work or do I apply for another credit card and add her as secondary cardholder? I already have other credit cards but we have 2 people attached to these already

    • finder Customer Care
      NikkiNovember 9, 2018Staff

      Hi Jen,

      Thanks for reaching out. You can get her to be a secondary cardholder or you can get her a student credit card. HERE are some options you can review.
      As a friendly reminder, review the eligibility criteria of the card before applying to increase chances of approval. Read up on the terms and conditions and product disclosure statement and contact the bank should you need any clarifications about the card.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to reach out again, we’re on standby!

      Cheers,
      Nikki

  2. Default Gravatar
    bryar4561October 24, 2018

    I would like to do a balance transfer on $3,100. Did I read correctly that I can only transfer 80% of the balance – or $2,480? Would I need to lower the balance before applying for the transfer (I’ve used about 80% of the available balance)?

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnOctober 24, 2018Staff

      Hi Bryar4561,

      Thank you for your comment.

      The 80% which is being advised about the card is the credit limit that the bank will approve for you. So, just as an example. If you were approved on a $10,000 credit limit on the card, you could make a balance transfer of up to $8000 which is 80% of the limit. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

  3. Default Gravatar
    RobertOctober 19, 2018

    I need to buy a car ASAP. I have a large enough tax check due but cannot wait until it comes through. I’d like to get a 0% or low% cash advance from a credit card, then pay it back in full with my tax cheque. What cards can help with this?

    • finder Customer Care
      NikkiOctober 20, 2018Staff

      Hi Mantis3dfx,

      Thanks for the inquiry and for visiting our page.

      You may go to this page to check out the line up of credit cards with low cash advance rates. The lowest one on the list starts at 11.65% and up. Please do take note of the cash advance fee and annual fee when choosing the right card for you. As a friendly reminder, review the eligibility criteria of the card before applying to increase your chances of approval. Read up on the terms and conditions and product disclosure statement and contact the bank should you need any clarifications about the card.

      We also have a page that may allow you to purchase a car using a credit card.

      To give you a quick info on this, buying a car on a credit card will rack up your points on a rewards cards. Also, this would be a faster alternative compared to applying for a car loan. However, this limits you on the type of car to purchase — you’re usually left with low cost used cars.

      Hope this helps! For any other inquiries, feel free to send us a message anytime.

      Kind regards,
      Nikki

  4. Default Gravatar
    AlexSeptember 27, 2018

    If you transfer a balance to this new card when applying and pay your account balance in full by the due date on each statement, do you still get the 55 interest-free days? Or, is this not available if you have completed a balance transfer upon application?

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniSeptember 27, 2018Staff

      Hi Alex,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      If you have a balance transfer balance on this card which you processed during your online application, your credit card statement has the minimum amount to pay each month which will not incur any interest if you pay the minimum amount due, since you applied for a 0% BT offer. Basically, if you have a debt on your credit card from a balance transfer, you won’t be eligible for interest-free days on new purchases. If you want to transfer a balance and make purchases without interest, you could also consider a card with an introductory rate of 0% for purchases and balance transfers.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

  5. Default Gravatar
    TashJuly 29, 2018

    Am I able to balance transfer a HSBC credit card debt onto this card? I do have an everyday account with westpac.

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniJuly 29, 2018Staff

      Hi Tash,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Yes, you may request to do a balance transfer from your HSBC credit card debt onto this Westpac Low Rate Credit Card. Please note that the amount you could do your balance transfer with must be 80% of available credit limit of your new Westpac Low Rate Credit Card.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

  6. Default Gravatar
    NatJuly 17, 2018

    I am interested to apply for this Westpac Low Rate Credit card for balance transfer purposed. I would like to do a balance transfer for my non-Westpac Credit Card account into this Westpac Low Rate Credit Card. I saw this offer on your website today, 17/07/18. My question is: Am I eligible to apply for this offer?I am an existing Westpac customer, who has a Westpac Credit Card.

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezelynJuly 17, 2018Staff

      Hello Nat,

      Thank you for your comment.

      As per checking, the promo of this card for BT is not available to existing Westpac customers. New customers should be those who have not held Westpac card before (St.George, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and RAMS).

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

  7. Default Gravatar
    PaulaJuly 16, 2017

    I would like to apply for a new card?

    • Default Gravatar
      DanielleJuly 17, 2017

      Hi Paula Rae,

      Thank you for contacting finder. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

      You can apply for this card by completing the online application form. Before you apply, make sure you comply with the eligibility requirements and have the necessary information and documents.

      Eligibility criteria

      – Minimum age limit. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply.
      – Residency. Westpac only approves applications from permanent Australian residents and Australian citizens.
      – Good credit history. You’ll need to have a healthy credit history with no signs of recent signs of bankruptcy or a low credit score to receive approval.
      – Minimum income requirement. You’ll need to meet the minimum income requirements set by the Westpac.

      Required documents

      – Proof of identity. You’ll need to provide some form of identification such as Australian driver’s licence, Medicare card or Australian passport.
      – Financial details. The credit card provider will also require your personal and financial details to assess your credit rating and source of income. If you receive government support and payments, you’ll need to provide your Centrelink Pension Card details.
      – Employment details. You’ll need to provide details about your employment including your annual income and your employer’s details.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Danielle

  8. Default Gravatar
    denizJune 20, 2017

    Do the 6 months interest-free on purchases apply to purchases made overseas? I got this card for travel on the basis it would be interest-free for 6 months but have been told that the interest-free period may only apply to domestic purchases?

    • Default Gravatar
      LiezlJune 23, 2017

      Hi Deniz,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, the interest-free period applies to overseas purchases as well, provided you aren’t processing cash advances or balance transfers. Some of the transactions treated as cash advance include direct cash withdrawals, receiving from a merchant a cash substitute and paying bills through a third party where the merchant does not accept credit card payments. You may refer the credit card guide that I send to your email for more information on this card’s conditions of use.

      Cheers,
      Liezl

  9. Default Gravatar
    TaliaMarch 24, 2017

    can someone on a mother’s pension from centrelink be approved on this type of credit card

    • finder Customer Care
      LouMarch 24, 2017Staff

      Hi Talia,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you’re on a pension, what you need to provide will depend on your financial situation. The most basic requirement to apply for a Westpac credit card will be your 2 most recent Centrelink statement.

      You may want to get in touch with Westpac to check the other requirements and criteria for your situation.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

  10. Default Gravatar
    ShimonaOctober 12, 2016

    Hi! I’ve just applied for a low rate credit card with Westpac and I would like to do a balance transfer. Is this offer still available? I still haven’t got my new card yet. I’m a new customer with Westpac.

    • finder Customer Care
      YsaOctober 22, 2016Staff

      Hi Shimona,

      Thanks for your question.
      Yes, the 0% p.a. for 16 months balance transfer offer is still available for new cardholders and is valid until 30 January 2017.

      Cheers,
      Ysa

Credit Cards Comparison

Rates last updated November 17th, 2018
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
NAB Low Fee Platinum Card - Exclusive Offer
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 25 months
$90 p.a.
finder Exclusive: Take advantage of 0% p.a. interest for 25 months on balance transfers with no balance transfer fee.
Citi Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 13 months (reverts to 20.99% p.a.)
0% p.a. for 13 months
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
finder Exclusive:
Save with 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers for 13 months (with no BT fee). Plus, a discounted $49 annual fee for the first year.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 14 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
0% p.a. for 6 months
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
finder Exclusive: Save on credit card costs with half the annual fee for the first year and a 0% p.a. interest rate on purchases for 14 months.
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle - Qantas - Exclusive Offer
20.24% p.a.
$50 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($249 p.a. thereafter)
finder Exclusive:
Up to 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria with this dual Visa (issued & serviced by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex).

Compare up to 4 providers

* The credit card offers compared on this page are chosen from a range of credit cards finder.com.au has access to track details from and is not representative of all the products available in the market. Products are displayed in no particular order or ranking. The use of terms 'Best' and 'Top' are not product ratings and are subject to our disclaimer. You should consider seeking independent financial advice and consider your own personal financial circumstances when comparing cards.

Ask a question
Go to site