Understanding the credit reporting changes in 2018

There has been a lot of conversation about Comprehensive Credit Reporting (CCR) in recent months, though there is still some confusion surrounding the impact this will have on Australian consumers. 

Thankfully, it’s not quite as complicated as some would make out and you’ll be glad to hear that there are some real benefits to be felt by consumers across the country. So, we’ve made things simple and highlighted the most essential points on the credit reporting changes for your convenience. 

What's going on with Comprehensive Credit Reporting in 2018?

Comprehensive Credit Reporting is due to come into effect in a noticeable way during mid-2018. As of 1 July, major banks will be required by law to share 50% of your credit information with lenders. This will be increased to 100% on 1 July 2019.

In the past, lenders used a system known as Negative Credit Reporting in order to evaluate potential borrowers’ eligibility for loans. Essentially, this system used only the worst data from a person’s credit report, leading to many being turned down for loans without lenders really looking at the whole picture. 

Fortunately, lenders now have a whole wealth of new information to aid their processing of loan applications. There are quite a few benefits for consumers when it comes to the credit reporting changes, including:  

Better opportunities to borrow from lenders

Young Australians looking to get loans have often come up against issues if they have short credit histories. However, with the new Comprehensive Credit Reporting system, lenders can examine a larger pool of credit data and give those with shorter credit histories better opportunities to secure loans. 

Your positive behaviour is recorded by lenders 

With your good and bad credit data now being tracked by lenders you can expect to have a far fairer and informed decision made on your loan application. If you happened to miss a payment on a debt when you were younger, you won’t be penalised as you once were as lenders can now look at your more recent positive credit history too. 

Messing up once won't ruin your credit score

Almost everyone has a slight blemish on their credit record from some point in time. In the past, this could have seriously cost you when trying to secure a loan of some kind. More often than not, a missed repayment or something similar would haunt you forever. But, this isn’t the case with the Comprehensive Credit Reporting system as lenders have far more accurate credit information at their disposal. 

 

There is a lot to be happy about with the new Comprehensive Credit Reporting system, however, it’s important to consider whether you are financially protected when taking out a loan, especially on a mortgage. Find out how an ALI Group Mortgage Protection Plan may secure your loan repayments if a serious life event should befall upon you. 

 

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