Financial Difficulty Assistance

Virgin Money Credit Card Customers

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Virgin Money understands that peoples' circumstances change; you may experience financial difficulties caused by unemployment, injury, illness, a natural disaster, or other unexpected impact on your household income and/or expenses. We’re here to support customers during these times.

If you are concerned about your financial position and feel that you are struggling or may struggle to meet your financial commitments, we may be able to assist you.

How can we assist?

How can we assist?

If your financial circumstances have changed and you’re unable to pay your account(s), you can request assistance by completing our Online Hardship Application form. Please ensure you have access to the mobile number you have registered with us. A code will be sent to authenticate your identity before you can proceed with the application.

Please also have information about your income, expenses and assets on hand before you commence the application. Once you start filling in your details, you will need to complete the application as you will be unable to save and return to the form at a later stage.

If you’re unable to access the Online Hardship Application form, you can apply by downloading a copy of the PDF Hardship Application form and emailing to us at hardship@my.virginmoney.com.au or posting to us at PO Box 3453 Sydney NSW 2001.

Important Information before you apply for Financial Hardship Assistance

  • Virgin Money Australia, a division of Bank of Queensland Limited ABN 32 009 656 740, Australian Credit Licence 244616 (“BOQ”), promotes and distributes the Virgin Money Credit Cards ("Credit Cards"). National Australia Bank Limited ABN 12 004 044 937 Australian Credit Licence 230686 (“NAB”) is the credit provider and issuer of the Credit Cards. NAB has acquired the business relating to these products from Citigroup Pty Ltd (ABN 88 004 325 080, AFSL and Australian Credit Licence 238098) (“Citi”) and has appointed Citi to assist to administer the Credit Cards. BOQ does not and will not guarantee or otherwise support NAB’s obligations under the contracts or agreements connected with the Credit Cards. Our/us/we means NAB unless the context otherwise requires it.
  • If you hold a credit card or personal loan which was formerly issued by Citigroup Pty Ltd (and which is now issued by NAB) which is branded Citi, Card Services, Coles Financials Services, Suncorp Clear Options, Qantas Money, Kogan Money, Virgin Money, PayPal Rewards, Bank of Queensland or; Spot. Buy Now Pay Later issued by Diners Club Pty Ltd (now part of NAB), this hardship application will also be applied to any or all of those accounts as well. If you do not require hardship assistance on all of your accounts, please do not submit an online form and contact our hardship team on 1800 255 304.
  • Once we have received your completed application form, one of our representatives will contact you to discuss your situation and solutions that may be available to assist you.
  • You’re not required to provide supporting documents at the time you submit your application. We will inform you if we require supporting documents, examples include but not limited to Bank Statements, proof of income and/or medical certificate.
  • If you have been or are still paying for insurance on your Credit Card account(s) you may be eligible to make a claim with the insurer. Your account statement will indicate the name of the insurer you need to contact. An insurance policy wouldn't preclude you from applying for financial hardship assistance if you still require it.
  • Your card / account may be suspended from the time we receive your application for hardship assistance, and if approved, during the entire period you’re on financial hardship. Ability to transact post your Financial Hardship assistance will be based on your card or account status.
  • Financial Hardship and Credit Reporting - In July 2022, amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 introduce Financial Hardship Information (FHI) as a new category of information, which will be displayed on consumer credit reports alongside Repayment History Information (RHI). The Financial Hardship Information will indicate if you have entered into a temporary or permanent hardship arrangement, but will not include the reasons for the arrangement you have entered into.

Financial Hardship Information (FHI) includes:

The type of financial hardship arrangement you have entered into which will depend on whether the changes to the terms of your loan or obligations are permanent or temporary.

  • Variation Financial Hardship Arrangement (V) – indicates that a permanent variation to the terms of the consumer credit contract have been made and will be reported once in the month that the contractual variation took effect. Once the FHI has been reported with a Variation (V), the future RHI will be updated to indicate if the new monthly repayments are being paid on time or not.
  • Temporary relief or deferral Financial Hardship Arrangement (A) - providing temporary relief from or deferral of the individual’s obligations in relation to consumer credit, reported each month that the arrangement is in place. During the period that any temporary relief or deferral Financial Hardship Arrangement is in place, the RHI will be concurrently reported to indicate whether you are meeting the obligations of your temporary financial hardship arrangement where payments were agreed to be made.


This information will be stored on your credit file for 1 year. Only your financial hardship information from licensed credit providers who hold an Australian Credit Licence can be recorded. Telecommunication and utility companies are not licensed credit providers, so your financial hardship information will not include these providers and they will not be able to see financial hardship information details either.

These changes will also allow licensed credit providers to access and use this comprehensive information in order to make more informed lending decisions. However, this information cannot be used by licensed credit providers to calculate your credit score.

You are entitled to a free credit report every three (3) months and you can request one through any of the Credit Reporting Bodies:

Credit Reporting Bodies Contact Information
Equifax

Website: https://www.equifax.com.au/

Phone: 1300 762 207

Illion

Website: www.illion.com.au

Phone: 13 23 33

Experian

Website: http://www.experian.com.au/

Phone: 1300 783 684


 

Already applied?

Already applied?

After we receive your application, our Financial Hardship Team will assess your application to determine eligibility and solutions, and will contact you to discuss the next steps.

During this time, if your circumstances change or you want to discuss your application you can contact our Financial Hardship Team on 1800 255 304 from 9am-9pm, Monday - Friday (Sydney time) except public holidays.

Supporting Documents

You’re not required to provide supporting documents at the time you submit your application. We will inform you if we require supporting documents.

Examples of required supporting documents are:

Reason for Hardship Documents required
Medical Conditions
  • Doctors Certificate or
  • Medical report or
  • Centrelink Disability Statement or
  • Work Cover Certificate or
  • Hospital Report or
  • Copy of medical related bill(s)
Reduction In Income
  • Current payslip or
  • Payslip prior to income reduction or
  • Centrelink Statement or
  • Current year and prior years tax return or
  • Letter from Accountant confirming income reduction
Unemployment / Redundancy
  • Centrelink Statement or
  • Separation certificate from employer
Divorce / Separation
  • Court documents supporting divorce or
  • Letter from solicitor
Property Settlement / Pending funds
  • Copy of Contract of Sale or
  • Letter from Real Estate verifying property has sold / is on the market or
  • Copy of property advertisement
Incarceration
  • Letter from solicitor confirming incarceration, and length of incarceration or
  • Police or Court report confirming incarceration or
  • Letter from a Justice of Peace confirming incarceration, and length of incarceration
Unexpected Expenses / Over commitment
  • Statements from other debtors reflecting balance and Min due or
  • Copy of unexpected bill(s) or
  • Copy of current payslip
Consolidation / Refinance
  • Copy of finance approval or pre-approval letter
Loss of Rental Income
  • Letter from Real estate agent confirming recent rent income loss
Death in Family
  • Copy of expenses incurred (e.g. funeral costs)
Natural Disaster
  • No documents required.

Contact Us

If you would like further information on how we may be able to assist you if you’re experiencing financial difficulty in meeting your commitments, or would like assistance with completing an application, please call us on 1800 255 304 Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm AEST, excluding public holidays.

Need More Help

You can get free independent counselling and advice from a Financial Counsellor.

For a comprehensive listing of Financial Counsellors please visit the FCA website: financialcounsellingaustralia.org.au/Home

To talk to a Financial Counsellor by phone (or for referral) call 1800 007 007 from anywhere in Australia.

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