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Find out more about credit and how you can improve your financial situation to get the things you want out of life

How to manage your bad credit history stress-free

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Have you been stressing about your bad credit report? You'll be doing more harm than good. Start working out a way to pay off your debt and be stress-free.

What is a credit enquiry?

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If you make an application for credit, it can be listed on your credit report as a 'credit enquiry'. Credit enquiries are part of the information lenders may use and can have an impact on whether a lender accepts your application or not.

What is the role of a credit bureau?

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A credit bureau helps to support responsible lending and can assist consumers in understanding where they stand with their credit. Operating under the Privacy Act, a credit bureau collects, holds, uses and discloses personal and credit-related information about individuals and companies.

Choosing a credit card deal that works for you

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Thinking about applying for a credit card? It'll pay to choose the right deal for your needs and financial situation, not just the first one you come across.

Setting (and sticking to) a budget tailored to your needs

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Have you struggled to create a budget that you can stick to before? It's not about restricting yourself, it's about knowing where your money is going.

Get rid of credit card debt with these 5 simple steps

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Finding out the balance of your credit cards can be crushing, but it's not the hard part. Paying it off can be made a lot easier with these tips, however.

What could automated savings do for your bank account?

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Finding it hard to put aside money each time you get paid? When you automate savings, the choice is no longer in your hands, but that's a good thing.

Could a poor credit report make it harder to buy a home?

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A good credit report is important for everything from business funding to mortgage lending. Could a bad credit report stop you from buying your first home?

Are mobile wallets the future of Australian credit payments?

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Australians have taken to contactless payment systems but not to mobile phone payment systems. What are they, and how could they affect your credit file?

The future of Australian lending

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The face of lending in Australia is changing. Could your credit file now be the most important document to help you get a better deal?

3 credit card mistakes that might be adding to your bill

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Is your credit card debt racking up faster than expected? You could be the victim of one of these three common card-bearer mistakes.

3 things you need to look out for with your new loan

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The world of lending can be an intensely complicated place, which is why it's so important to know how to keep your credit file safe.

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