Credit Reporting Policy
Last Updated 18th July 2019
This Credit Reporting Policy applies to:
Starling Energy Group Pty Ltd ACN [617 042 592] of level 1, 191 St Georges Tce, 6000; and
CEPCO 2019 Pty Ltd ACN 634 959 845 of level 1, 191 St Georges Tce, 6000; and
DCEP INC, IARN: A1029023B (The Community Association) of Level 1, 191 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
collectively and individually (‘us‘, ‘we‘, ‘our‘), and describes how we manage:
credit information – which is information that relates primarily to your credit-related dealings with us and which we can disclose to credit reporting bodies (CRBs); and
credit eligibility information – which is information that relates primarily to your credit-related dealings with other credit providers. You should note that credit eligibility information includes:
credit reporting information provided by CRBs; and
credit worthiness information that we derive using credit reporting information.
More complete definitions of ‘credit information’ and ‘credit eligibility information’ are provided in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and the Credit Reporting Privacy Code (CR Code), which are available on the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) at www.oaic.gov.au. Credit information and credit eligibility information is collectively referred to throughout this policy as ‘credit related information’.
We are bound by Part IIIA of the Privacy Act, and by the CR Code, which govern credit reporting in Australia.
About this Credit Reporting Policy
This Credit Reporting Policy explains:
the kinds of credit related information that we collect and hold, and how we collect this information;
how we hold credit information and credit eligibility information;
the purposes for which we collect, hold, use and disclose credit related information;
the circumstances in which we may disclose credit related information, including to overseas recipients and the countries where such recipients may be located;
how you may request access to, and correction of your credit related information held by us;
how to make a complaint if you believe that we have not complied with Part IIIA, Division 3 of the Privacy Act or with the Credit Reporting Privacy Code, and how we will deal with such complaints.
This Credit Reporting Policy applies to credit related information about individuals, and does not apply to commercial credit information. For information about how we manage other personal information about you, please see our individual Privacy Policies.
credit information that we collect and hold, and how we collect this information
When you apply for credit with us, throughout our relationship, and for as long as we are required under the law, we may collect and hold your credit information. Examples of which include:
identification information, such as your name, address, date of birth or employer;
consumer credit liability information about you, such as the type of credit applied for, the approval or contract date, the amount of credit applied for, and similar;
your repayment history information;
a statement that we have made an information request about you with a CRB;
default information, relating to an outstanding payment over $150 which has been outstanding for over 60 days and we have issued prerequisite notice(s) to pay;
payment information when you have made a payment towards a default which was reported to a CRB;
new arrangement information if you vary the terms of your credit arrangement;
court proceedings information, regarding a judgment of an Australian court that is made against you that relates to credit that was provided to, or applied for, by you;
personal insolvency information about you, recorded in the National Personal Insolvency Index, and that relates to either your bankruptcy, a debt agreement proposal given by you, a debt agreement made by you, a personal insolvency agreement executed by you, a direction given, or an order made, under section 50 of the Bankruptcy Act that relates to your property or an authority signed under section 188 of the Bankruptcy Act that relates to your property;
publicly available information about you that relates to your activities in Australia or the external territories and your credit worthiness; and that is not court proceedings information about you or information about you that is entered or recorded in the National Personal Insolvency Index; and
an opinion by us that you have committed, in circumstances specified by us, a serious credit infringement in relation to consumer credit provided by us to you.
We collect credit information in a variety of ways, such as obtaining the relevant information directly from you or from persons acting on your behalf (including on application forms or other forms or in our ongoing dealings with you in connection with credit). Some credit information will also be derived by us from your transactions in connection with credit, such as when you make payments to us.
credit eligibility information that we hold
We may obtain credit reporting information about you from CRBs. Credit reporting information includes:
credit information of the kinds described above but relating primarily to your dealings with other credit providers (such as about credit applications you have made or credit that you hold with other credit providers). This information will typically have been provided by other credit providers or other third parties; and
credit worthiness information about you that CRBs derive from the information above, such as credit scores, risk ratings and other evaluations about you.
We may also disclose your credit information relating to your dealings with us to CRBs. Those CRBs may include that information in reports that they provide to other credit providers to assist them to assess your credit worthiness. For example, we will provide information that identifies you and about your application for credit when obtaining credit reporting information for the purposes of assessing that application.
We may disclose credit information to the following CRBs:
Phone: 1300 783 684
Mail: PO Box 1969, Nth Sydney NSW 2060
These CRBs are each required to have a policy which explains how they will manage your credit-related personal information. If you would like to read the policies of these CRBs please see their privacy policies available on their websites (as set out above).
You have the right to request these CRBs to exclude your credit reporting information from any permissible direct marketing activities that a credit provider may request them to perform. You also have the right to request (without cost) that CRBs not to use or disclose your credit reporting information if you believe that you have been, or are likely to be, the victim of fraud (for example, you suspect someone is using your identity details to apply for credit). You must contact the CRBs directly should this be the case.
The kinds of information we derive from credit reporting information disclosed to us by a Credit Reporting Body
We may use credit reporting information that we have obtained from a CRB to derive other information that assists us in assessing your creditworthiness, for example, to form a credit risk rating, credit scores, or eligibility to be provided with consumer credit.
How we hold credit related information
We understand the importance of protecting the personal information we hold, including credit information and credit eligibility information. We take reasonable steps to ensure that this information is free from misuse, interference, loss, unauthorised access or modification. Examples of these steps include:
securing information both in physical and electronic form;
having internal procedures and measures limiting access to personal information only to those that need access for their legitimate activities; and
protecting our systems using reasonable and appropriate technology solutions.
The purposes for which we collect, hold, use and disclose credit related information
We may collect, hold, use and disclose credit related information about you, as well as information derived from credit information and credit eligibility information for purposes reasonably necessary for our business activities and consistently with the requirements in the Privacy Act as permitted by law. These purposes include:
to assess applications for credit;
for the ongoing servicing and administration of our accounts and products;
to assist with the management, including recovery, of outstanding debts;
to assist you if we consider that you may be at risk of default;
internal management purposes;
for data analysis;
to participate in the credit reporting system and provide information to CRBs as permitted by the Privacy Act;
to undertake debt assignments;
to deal with complaints and legal proceedings;
to meet our legal and regulatory requirements (such as reporting matters to regulators or enforcement bodies when authorised or required by law); and
to assist other credit providers with such purposes in circumstances permitted by the Privacy Act (such as disclosing information to another credit provider with your consent or where you have committed a serious credit infringement).
Restrictions apply under the Privacy Act in relation to the circumstances and purposes for which such information may be used or disclosed and we comply with these restrictions. For example, credit eligibility information may not be disclosed to some types of overseas entities and restrictions apply on the use of credit eligibility information for direct marketing.
Disclosing credit Related information, including to overseas recipients and the countries where such recipients may be located
We may share your credit related information with related companies, and other organisations to help us provide credit. These other organisations may include, insurers, credit reporting bodies or system operators. We may also use third party service providers.
How you may access your credit related information held by us
You may request us to provide you with access to the credit related information which we hold about you by contacting us on the details listed below at ‘Contact Us’.
We will need to verify your identity before giving you access to your credit related information. We will usually provide the information requested within 30 days of receiving your request.
In certain situations, we may not agree to a request for access of credit related information that we hold about you. If this occurs we will advise you in writing of our decision, and of our reason(s) for not agreeing to the access request
There is no charge to make a request for access request. How you may seek to correct your credit related information held by us
We aim to hold accurate and up-to-date credit related information about you at all times. If you consider that any such information we hold about you is incorrect in any way, you may ask us to correct that information. To seek such a correction, please contact us using the details listed below at ‘Contact Us’.
If we do not agree to a request to correct information we hold about you, we will advise you in writing of our decision, and of our reason(s) for not agreeing to the correction request.
How to make a complaint if you believe that we have not complied with Part IIIA, Division 3 of the Privacy Act or the CR code, and how we will deal with such complaints
If you believe that we have failed to comply with the credit reporting requirements in Division 3, Part IIIA of the Privacy Act or the Credit Reporting Privacy Code, please contact us using the contract details listed below. We will aim to respond as soon as possible with a solution, or with our anticipated resolution time.
You may also refer the matter to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), who can be contacted by phone on 1300 363 992, by mail at GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 1042, or online at https://www.oaic.gov.au/about-us/contact-us.
If you would like a copy of this Credit Reporting Policy, have questions, or would like to make a request, our contact details follow.
Phone: (08) 6115 6320
Address: Level 1, 191 St Georges Tce, Perth WA, 6000
This Credit Reporting Policy is subject to change.