CUA

Low Rate Credit Card

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

11.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 20 months then 21.74%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $49

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$12.5

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

11.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 20 months then 21.74%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $49

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$12.5

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Waived $0 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $49 p.a thereafter.
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free supplementary cards
  • No reward program
  • Late payment fee

CUA Features and Fees

CUA Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Standard

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

3% or $35

Minimum credit limit

$500

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

9

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $49

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$12.5

Over limit fee

$0

Duplicate statement fee

$0

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

11.99%

Cash advance rate

21.74%

Cash advance fee

2% or $3.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 20 months then 21.74%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3.4% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$3.5

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

Rewards Available

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$0

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Perks

  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
Specials
  • Balance TransferOther 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 20 months and $0 annual fee for the first year.
    0% p.a. on balance transfers for 20 months and $0 balance transfer fee. $0 annual fee for the first year. After the first year has expired, an Annual Fee of $49 will apply to the CUA Low Rate Credit Card. Offer not available to transfers from existing CUA Credit Cards. Only one application per account accepted (consolidate up to 3 non-CUA Credit Cards per application). The balance transfer application must be applied for within 3 months of the Disclosure Date in your Offer and Card Contract. Your total balance transfer may not exceed 80% of your credit limit. CUA may allow this to be exceeded at our discretion.

Pros and Cons

  • Waived $0 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $49 p.a thereafter.
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free supplementary cards
  • No reward program
  • Late payment fee

CUA Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Standard

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

3% or $35

Minimum credit limit

$500

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

9

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $49

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$12.5

Over limit fee

$0

Duplicate statement fee

$0

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

11.99%

Cash advance rate

21.74%

Cash advance fee

2% or $3.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 20 months then 21.74%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3.4% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$3.5

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

Rewards Available

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$0

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Perks

  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
Specials
  • Balance TransferOther 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 20 months and $0 annual fee for the first year.
    0% p.a. on balance transfers for 20 months and $0 balance transfer fee. $0 annual fee for the first year. After the first year has expired, an Annual Fee of $49 will apply to the CUA Low Rate Credit Card. Offer not available to transfers from existing CUA Credit Cards. Only one application per account accepted (consolidate up to 3 non-CUA Credit Cards per application). The balance transfer application must be applied for within 3 months of the Disclosure Date in your Offer and Card Contract. Your total balance transfer may not exceed 80% of your credit limit. CUA may allow this to be exceeded at our discretion.

FAQs

Should I get a credit card?

Once you've compared credit card interest rates and deals and found the right card for you, the actual process of getting a credit card is quite straightforward. You can apply for a credit card online, over the phone or in person at a bank branch. 

Monthly repayment

This is how much you can afford to pay on a monthly basis off your credit card. You can enter any amount you wish; but to make the balance transfer worthwhile the default is $200.

How do I apply for a credit card online?

Current Interest Rate

This is the current interest rate on your existing credit card.

Increase your credit card limit with Westpac

A credit card can be a useful tool to access extra cash when you need it. Sometimes you may wish to increase your credit card limit for greater financial flexibility. For example, to realize your immediate goals faster, such as planning for an international holiday or making a big purchase.

You can apply to increase your credit limit at any time, and most credit card providers have made it really easy to do so. You can use your online banking portal, the credit card provider’s mobile app, or even the telephone. 

Applying online to increase your credit limit with Westpac is the easiest option if you’ve already activated Westpac Live Online Banking. All you need to do is fill in the required information and then hit ‘submit’ to apply for an increase in your credit card limit.

Most banks will ask for details of your financial situation at the time of applying for a credit increase. This is done to ensure your new limit meets the lender’s criteria. 

You can apply for increasing your credit limit in any of the following ways:

  1. Visiting your nearest Westpac branch
  2. Calling Westpac on 1300 651 089
  3. Logging in on Westpac Live Online Banking

Current Annual Fees

These are the current annual fees on your existing credit card.

What is a balance transfer credit card?

A balance transfer credit card lets you transfer your debt balance from one credit card to another. A balance transfer credit card generally has a 0 per cent interest rate for a set period of time. When you roll your debt balance over to a new credit card, you’ll be able to take advantage of the interest-free period to pay your credit card debt off faster without accruing additional interest charges. If your application is approved, the provider will pay out your old credit card and transfer your debt balance over to the new card. 

What does ANZ credit card insurance cover?

ANZ offers complimentary insurance on some of its credit cards, which can provide some protection against unforeseeable incidents, like the theft of your card. Depending on the type of credit card you own, you may be eligible for different insurances. For instance, most ANZ credit card customers may qualify for Purchase Protection Insurance and Extended Warranty Insurance. Customers who own premium credit cards may also be eligible for Guaranteed Pricing, Rental Vehicle Excess, International Travel, and so on.

Consider checking your ANZ credit card insurance features listed in the Insurance Policy Information booklet to know which items are covered. Also, while ANZ issued the credit card, they are not the insurer. For this reason, you may need to send your insurance claims - and get your ANZ credit card insurance refund - to the insurance provider.

How is credit card interest charged?

Your credit card will be charged interest when you don’t pay off the balance on your credit card. Your card provider or bank charges you the individual interest rate that is associated with your card, which is usually between 10 and 20 per cent. 

The interest will be added onto your bill each month or billing period if you don’t pay off the balance, unless you are in an interest-free period.

You will be charged interest on anything that hasn’t been paid for inside the interest-free period. Usually you will receive a notice on your bill or statement saying you will be charged interest so you have some form of notice before you’re charged.

How does credit card interest work?

Generally, when we talk about credit card interest, we mean the purchase interest rate, which is the interest charged on purchases you make with your credit card.

If you don’t pay your full balance each month (or even if you pay the minimum amount), you are charged interest on all the outstanding transactions and the remaining balance. However, interest is also charged on cash advances, balance transfers, special rate offers and, in some cases, even the fees charged by the company.

The interest rate can vary, depending on the credit card. Some have an interest-free period, otherwise you start paying interest from the day you make a purchase or from the day your monthly statement is issued. So avoid interest by paying the full amount promptly.

How do you use a credit card?

Credit cards are a quick and convenient way to pay for items in store, online or over the phone. You can use a credit card as a cashless way to pay for goods or services, both locally and overseas. You can also use a credit card to make a cash advance, which gives you the flexibility to withdraw cash from your credit card account. Because a credit card uses the bank’s funds instead of your own, you will be charged interest on the money you spend – unless you pay off the entire debt within the interest-free period. If you pay the minimum monthly repayment, you will be charged interest. There are many different credit card options on the market, all offering different interest rates and reward options.

Can a pensioner get a credit card?

It is possible to get a credit card as a pensioner. There are some factors to keep in mind, including:

  • Annual income. Look for credit cards with minimum annual income requirements you can meet. 
  • Annual fees. If high fees are a concern for you, opt for a card with a low or $0 annual fee. 
  • Interest rate. Make sure you won’t have any nasty surprises on your credit card bill. Compare cards with a low interest rates to minimise risk.

How do you use credit cards?

A credit card can be an easy way to make purchases online, in person or over the phone. When used properly, a credit card can even help you manage your cash flow. But before applying for a credit card, it’s good to know how they work. A credit card is essentially a personal line of credit which lets you buy things and pay for them later. As a card holder, you’ll be given a credit limit and (potentially) charged interest on the money the bank lends you. At the end of each billing period, the bank will send you a statement which shows your outstanding balance and the minimum amount you need to pay back. If you don’t pay back the full balance amount, the bank will begin charging you interest.

Which credit card has the highest annual percentage rate?

The credit card market changes all the time, so the credit card with the highest annual percentage rate is also liable to change.

Keep in mind that credit card interest rates are expressed as a yearly rate, or annual percentage rate (APR). A low APR is generally good but also consider:

  • There can be different APR's for each feature of the card (e.g. purchases may have an APR of 14 per cent, while cash advances on same card could have an APR of 17 per cent.
  • Credit cards with a variable rate can change throughout the year, affecting your APR, so check the full details.
  • If you pay your balance in full every month, having the lowest APR is not as important as the other fees associated with the card. However, if you carry a balance from month to month, then you want the lowest APR possible.

How to pay a credit card

There are a few ways to pay a credit card bill. These include:

  • BPAY - allows you to safely make credit card payments online.
  • Direct debits - set up an automatic payment from your bank account to pay your credit card bill each month. You can choose how much you want to pay of your credit card bill when you set up the auto payments.
  • In a branch.
  • Via your credit card provider's app.

How to pay a credit card from another bank

Paying or transferring debt from one lender to the other is called a balance transfer. This involves transferring part or all of the debt from a credit card with one lender to a credit card with another. As part of the process, your new lender will pay out the old lender, so that you now owe the same amount of money but to a new institution.

Many credit card providers offer an interest-free period on balance transfers to help new applicants better handle their debt. During this period, cardholders are not required to pay interest on the debt they brought over from the other card. This can be a great opportunity for consumers to pay off credit card debt with no interest. There are often fees associated with balance transfers; normally, these are a percentage of the amount transferred.

So make sure you read the terms and conditions of the card before transferring any debt across.

How to calculate credit card interest

Credit card interest can quickly turn a manageable balance into unmovable debt. So being able to understand how interest rates translate into dollars is an important skill to acquire.

The common mistake people make is focusing on the credit card’s annual percentage rate (APR), which often sits between 15 and 20 per cent. While the APR does provide a rough idea of how much interest you’ll pay, it’s not entirely accurate.

This is because you actually accrue interest on your balance daily, not annually. So, you need to work out your daily periodic rate (DPR). To do this, divide your card’s APR by the number of days in a year (e.g. 16.9 per cent divided by 365, or 0.05 per cent). You can then apply this figure to the daily balance on your credit card.

What's the best credit card for rewards?

There is no one-size-fits-all best rewards credit card. It's best you research what type of rewards program you'd like, as well as the fees, interest rate and conditions associated with those types of cards before making a choice. 

Rewards credit cards can also come with high annual fees that may end up nullifying the rewards, so think how often you use the card to decide whether the benefits outweigh the extra cost for you. A card with a lower annual fee might require a lot of spending to get any useful rewards, while another card with a higher annual fee might need fewer purchases to get a reward. 

What should you do when you lose your credit card?

Losing your credit card is a serious situation, and could land you in financial trouble. Here is a simple guide detailing what to do when you lose your credit card.

Lock you card – Contact your provider and inform them about your lost credit card. From here lock, block or cancel your card.

Keep track of transactions – Look out for unauthorised credit card transactions. Most banks protect against fraudulent transactions.

Address recurring charges – If your card is linked to recurring charges (gym membership, rent, utilities), contact those businesses.

Check credit rate – To ensure you’re not the victim of identity theft, check your credit rating a month or two after you lose your credit card.

How do you apply for a credit card?

You can apply for a credit card online, over the phone or in person at the bank. Once you’ve compared the current credit card offers, the application process is quick and easy. Before you get your application started, you’ll need to gather your personal information like proof of ID, payslips and bank statements, proof of employment and details of your income, assets and liabilities. To be eligible for a credit card, you’ll need to be an Australian citizen over 18 and earn a minimum of $15,000 each year. Once you’ve applied for a credit card, you should get a response fairly instantly. If your credit card application has been approved, you should receive a welcome pack with your new credit card within 10-15 days.