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Overdue debts and Credit Reports

If you do not pay your debt, the credit provider may refer it to a debt collector AND report it to a credit reporting agency.

Your provider must notify you before lodging an overdue payment report.

Your credit provider may report the debt if:

  • The amount you owe is over $150
  • You are a ‘confirmed missing debtor’ or ‘clearout’ (your creditor can’t contact you)
  • Payment due date is now over 60 days
  • The creditor contacted you in person (by phone) or in writing (letter to your last known address) and asked for payment

The default may be recorded on your credit report and remain for 5 years (or 7 years in the case of a clearout).

When you pay the debt, the listing stays but your credit report will be updated to show the payment. If there is an error on your credit report, you have the right to get this fixed.

Free Credit Reports available at www.mycreditfile.com.au .
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To correct a wrong listing on your credit report yourself for free go to www.moneysmart.gov.au and search for credit repair.


Credit Repair Agencies

Be wary of credit repair agencies claiming they can improve your credit report. They can charge high fees and you may be charged even if the agent is unable to remove the listing. Remember your credit report can only be changed if it is wrong or out of date.


Free Financial Counselling
in the Frankston area

Good Shepherd (South East Water)

Eligibility:

Must have account with South East Water AND meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Receiving Centrelink benefits, government pension or low income earner
  • At risk of, or disconnected from utilities
  • Have debts or overdue fines

Good Shepherd can help by providing information on:

  • Options and advocacy on large outstanding debts and debt management
  • Eligibility for Utility Relief Grant schemes
  • Early release superannuation criteria
  • Bankruptcy and Magistrates Court processes
  • Credit and debt matters

Service is free and confidential

Intake line:
Phone: Good Shepherd on 5971 9444 or
1800 999 712 to make an appointment.

This service is located at:
Community Support Frankston
35 Beach Street, FRANKSTON.


Bayside and Peninsula Financial Counselling Service

Eligibility: Resident of, or works or studies in Frankston City.

Service includes:

  • Information and referral, including to Moneyhelp, for phone support
  • Sessional phone casework
  • Sessional face-to-face casework

How they help:

  • Provide information on credit card and debt, including bankrupty
  • Access hardship support for some bills or debts
  • Assist clients to manage their debts

The financial counsellor will work with people over the phone and may make another phone appointment or a face to face appointment at the closest office.

Counsellors may also refer to other services such as family support, consumer rights & legal services, family violence or housing and homeless services.

Service is free and confidential

Intake line: Phone 1300 765 595

This service is located at
Community Support Frankston
35 Beach Street, FRANKSTON


Financial Counselling Hotlines and websites

MoneyHelp (Free phone counselling service)

Free financial counselling phone service for people living in Victoria.

Money Management, Financial Counselling tools and advice to help you manage your money and debt.

Confidential and free financial information to assist Victorians with debt problems. Information includes rent assistance, redundancy payments and bankruptcy.

Phone: 1800 007 007
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30am – 4:00pm
Website: www.moneyhelp.org.au


Consumer Action Law Centre
Free financial counselling phone service

Phone: 1800 466 477
Website: www.consumeraction.org.au

Melbourne-based consumer advocacy and campaigning organisation that provides free and independent legal assistance and financial counselling.


Financial Counsellors Australia

Website: www.debtselfhelp.org.au

Download Fact Sheets or a letter to send to a creditor or debt collector. Use the “Debt Self Help Tool” for a tailored assessment about your options.


Moneysmart
Website: www.moneysmart.gov.au

Tools and resources to help you understand and manage your money.


More comsumer information

Consumer Affairs Victoria
Investigates complaints about fraudulent, illegal or unfair trade or commercial practices regarding goods and services.


Consumer Action Law Centre (Legal Advice Line)

Phone: 1800 466 477

Hours: Mon Fri 10:00am1:00pm; 2:004:00pm

Free advice and referrals on consumer credit matters such as contracts, hire purchase and other consumer finance matters.

Website: www.consumeraction.org.au


Infochoice
www.infochoice.com.au/banking/credit-card.aspx comparison of credit cards.


Ombudsman

How to contact your Ombudsman. List on this website: www.frankston.net/ombudsmn


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This page last updated: 27-Jul-2015