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Are you an Authorised Access Seeker, such as a broker, financial counsellor, debt management company or financial counsellor who has authorisation to access an Equifax credit report on behalf of an individual? If so, you can order an Equifax credit report on behalf of your client.
An individual has the right to obtain a free copy of their credit file from Equifax if their credit application was declined (the free credit file request must be made within 90 days from the date the application was declined), if the individual has lodged a correction request and has been advised that their Equifax credit report has been corrected, and once every 12 months.
If an individual does not meet the criteria, a once-off Equifax credit report is available for the cost of $6.95 (currently available for free).
An Authorised Access Seeker is an individual in relation to their own credit reporting information, or a person (including a company) who is assisting an individual to deal with a credit reporting body or credit provider and acting on a written authority from the individual.
Types of Authorised Access Seekers may include:
- Consumer debt management companies including credit repair and debt negotiation companies
- Finance or mortgage brokers
- Budgeting and financial education firms, such as a financial counsellor
- Individuals are also referred to as Authorised Access Seekers in relation to their own credit reporting information. If you are a consumer wishing to access your credit report please view our range of Equifax free credit reports and paid subscription packages here.
Note: Credit providers, mortgage and trade insurers are not Authorised Access Seekers. Not all organisations who fall into the above categories may be Authorised Access Seekers, and there are other restrictions under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) on who qualifies as an Authorised Access Seeker. It is up to each organisation to determine their status. An Authorised Access Seeker must satisfy the Authorised Access Seeker criteria in each occasion they seek access to an individual’s credit report