Connective Credit Services Pty Ltd is licensed under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009.
The details of our licence are as follows:
Connective Credit Services Pty Ltd ABN 51 143 651 496
Level 16, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
1300 656 637
Australian Credit Licence Number
We have authorised Eric Dill as our credit representative. The details of Eric’s authorisation is:
Shop3, 36 Mckeon Street Maroubra NSW 2035
(02) 9195 6982
Credit Representative Number
This Credit Guide contains important information about us, the services we provide and the activities of the credit representative operating under our
credit licence. It also contains:
· information about fees and charges that may be payable by you to us
· commissions that we may receive when we are acting as a credit representative
· commissions that we may pay to third parties for the introduction of business, and
information about what you should do if you have a complaint or dispute in connection with our services and activities.
We are required to provide this document to you as soon as practicable after it becomes apparent that we are likely to provide credit assistance to you. We
provide “credit assistance” when we:
- Suggest or assist you in applying for:
- a particular loan with a particular lender, or
- an increase to an existing loan with a particular lender, or
- Recommend that you remain in an existing loan contract.
Prior to providing credit assistance to you, we must assess whether the particular loan is “unsuitable”. A loan will be “unsuitable” based on the
information you provide to us if:
1. You will be unable to repay the proposed loan or will only be able to repay the proposed loan with substantial hardship, or
2. The proposed loan does not meet your requirements and objectives.
We are required to document our findings that the proposed loan is not unsuitable by way of completing a Preliminary Assessment. The Preliminary Assessment
will set out your:
- requirements and objectives
- financial and relevant personal situation, and
- ability to repay the proposed loan.
We are also required to take reasonable steps to verify information provided by you to us.
This verification may include:
- requesting you for copies of documents that demonstrate your financial situation – in some cases we may also need to sight original documents, and
- contacting third parties to assist in verifying the information that you provide.
Obtaining a copy of the Preliminary Assessment
If we provide you with credit assistance, you may request a copy of our Preliminary Assessment anytime for up to 7 years and we must provide you with a
copy of the assessment within the following timeframes:
Your request is made:
We will give you your assessment:
Before the Credit Day*
As soon as possible after we receive your request
Up to 2 years after the Credit Day
Within 7 business days after we receive your request
Between 2 to 7 years after the Credit Day
Within 21 business days after we receive your request
*The Credit Day is the date the credit contract (i.e. the loan) is settled or the loan amount is increased.
There is no charge for requesting or receiving a copy of the Preliminary Assessment.
Fees and charges that are payable by you in relation to our credit assistance
We may charge a fee for providing credit assistance to you. If applicable, details about these fees payable by you will be set out in a Credit Quote which
we will give you prior to submitting your loan application.
Other fees and charges
You may have to pay other fees and charges (such as application fees, valuation costs and other applicable fees) to the lender or other parties. You should
review the particular loan contract documentation for further details of any such fees and charges.
How I get paid?
Our licensee receives commission from the lenders and then pays us commission in relation to loan contracts (such as home and investment property loans)
for which we act as the credit representative in providing credit assistance to you.
An upfront commission is payable by lenders in relation to settled (drawn-down) loans and is calculated as a percentage of the loan amount. It is usually
paid after settlement of the loan.
Trail commission is payable by lenders in relation to settled (drawn-down) loans. It is calculated monthly on the outstanding loan balance and is paid in
The upfront and trail commissions that we are paid by lenders are not payable by you. Details of commission to be received will be included in the Credit
Proposal Disclosure document that we will provide you with when credit assistance is provided.
From time to time, I may also receive a non-commission benefit by way of training, professional development, entertainment, gift, conference attendance,
sponsorship, or entry into a competition run by a lender or my aggregator, at no extra cost to you. The nature of such arrangements are temporary, and the
occurrence and amounts are often not readily ascertainable, however if they are apparent as a result of assisting you with credit assistance, this will be
disclosed to you.
Our Lender Panel – Credit Providers
We are authorised to engage in credit activities and therefore provide assistance to obtain loans for you from a panel of credit providers. The following
are the credit providers through which we generally conduct the most business:
1. Commonwealth Bank
5. St George Bank
6. Suncorp Bank
Other people we deal with
We have approval to utilise credit providers and their loan products through the services of our aggregator ‘Connective Broker Services Pty Ltd ABN 77 161
731 111, Credit Representative 437202 authorised under Australian Credit Licence 389328’. The aggregator charges us a fee depending on our contract
arrangements, consisting of:
· a share of commission that is paid by the particular credit provider
· a membership fee for our business
· a monthly fee for each of our accredited loan writers.
Referrers and referral fees
We obtain referrals from a range of sources, including accountants, financial planners, real estate agents and other people. If you were introduced or
referred to us, we may pay the referrer a commission or a fee.
Details of any commission or fees being paid to the referrer will be included in the Credit Proposal Disclosure document.
Dispute resolution and complaints
We are committed to providing you with the best possible service, however we understand there may be times where you are not satisfied. If this occurs
please inform us verbally or in writing with the exact details of your complaint, so we can work towards a prompt and fair resolution.
If we are unable to reach a satisfactory resolution, you can make a complaint in writing to the Australian Credit Licence holder, Connective Credit
Services. With regards to complaints resolution, we are mindful of the need to ensure that consumers are treated fairly and with respect during the
complaints handling process. Any dis-satisfaction with a credit representative operating under the licence will be handled in an efficient, timely and
effective manner in accordance with ASIC regulations of Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR).
Connective Credit Services details are:
· Attention: Compliance and Complaints Handling Officer
· Level 16 / 530 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
· Telephone: 1300 656 637
If you are not satisfied with how I or my licensee have handled your complaint, you may take the matter ‘free of charge’ to the relevant External Dispute
Resolution (EDR) service provider (subject to the provider’s terms of reference).
Please note that the EDR provider will request the matter be first attempted to be resolved through our IDR process via Connective. If our IDR process is
still in progress, they would expect that this process be completed before any external consideration.
Our EDR service provider is the Credit and Investments Ombudsman Ltd, which can be contacted via:
- Telephone: 1800 138 422 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm AEST)
- Fax: 02 9273 8440
- Post: PO Box A252 South Sydney NSW 1235
- Website: http://www.cio.org.au/
- Online complaint form: http://www.cio.org.au/complaint-resolution/making-a-complaint/
Things you should know
We don’t provide legal or financial planning advice. It is important you understand your legal obligations under the loan, and the financial consequences.
If you have any doubts, you should obtain independent legal and financial planning advice before you enter any loan contract.
information. It also deals with how you can access the personal information we hold about you, ask us to correct it, or make a privacy related complaint.
This policy explains how we respect your right to privacy in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act (Cth).
What information do we collect and how do we use it?
We will collect personal information when we do business with you. This may include a broad range of information from your name, address and contact
details to other information about your qualifications, employment history and financial information.
If you choose not to supply any of the information we request, our ability to assist you may be limited.
We will use your personal information:
- to conduct our business
· to manage our business relationships with you and with others, including Credit Providers
· to complete a transaction on your behalf
· to provide you with information about our products and services.
From time to time, we will use your contact details to send you direct marketing communications including offers, updates and newsletters that are relevant
to the services we provide. We may do so by mail or electronically unless you tell us that you do not wish to receive electronic communications.
You can unsubscribe ‘opt-out’ by notifying us and we will no longer send information to you.
How do we hold and protect your information?
We strive to maintain the relevance, accuracy, completeness and currency of the personal information we hold and to protect its privacy and security. We
keep personal information only for as long as is reasonably necessary for the purpose for which it was collected or to comply with any applicable legal or
ethical reporting or document retention requirements.
We hold the information we collect from you on our secure database. In some cases, your file is archived and sent to an external data storage provider for
a period of time. We only use storage providers who are also regulated by the Privacy Act.
We take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse, interference, loss, unauthorised access, modification or exposure. Access to
your information is restricted to those employees whose job requires that information. Access to our premises and computer systems is restricted through
locks, password protection, internet firewalls and routers.
We will take reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify your personal information when your personal information is no longer required for our business
Will we disclose the information we collect to anyone?
We do not sell, trade or rent client lists or personal information to any third party. We will disclose personal information about you to our credit
providers and agents where it relates to our credit assistance.
In all cases we will only disclose that information that is strictly required, and take all reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is
handled in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles
Otherwise, we will not disclose personal information unless you consent, we are required to do so by law or under some unusual other circumstances which
the Privacy Act permits.
How can you access, update or correct the information we are holding?
You have the right to access your information. If you believe that we are holding inaccurate, incomplete, irrelevant or out of date data about you, you may
ask us to correct it. You can make a request for access to or correction of your personal information by contacting us anytime.
In some limited circumstances we may need to refuse access to your information or refuse a request for correction. If this is the case, we will advise you
as soon as possible after your request and provide you with our reasons for the refusal.
What happens if you are not happy with how your information is handled?
complaint will be considered through our internal complaints resolution process and we will try to respond with a decision as soon as possible.
By asking us to assist, you consent to the collection and use of the information you have provided to us for the purposes described above.
For more information on your privacy rights please visit www.privacy.gov.au
We may collect personal information from you via telephone when we do business with you, and from our website. The personally identifiable information we may collect includes your name, address, telephone number and financial information.
When we request your personal information, we will identify which information is necessary and which information may be provided at your option. If you choose not to supply any of the optional information we request, our ability to assist you may be limited.
We will use your personal information:
– to conduct our business;
– to complete a transaction on your behalf;
– to provide you with information about our products and services;
– for our internal administrative, marketing, planning, product development and research requirements.
You may opt out from receiving any communications from us at any time, except where those communications are required for the operation of our business.
If you want to opt out of receiving communications from us, please contact us.
We do not sell or provide any of our client lists or personal information to any third party. The only situation in which we will disclose personal information about you to anyone outside Financial Engineers is where we must identify you to our lenders and agents in the ordinary operation of our business.
In those cases we will only disclose that information that is strictly required, and ensure that your personal information is handled on a confidential basis. These third parties are strictly prohibited from using your personal information for any purpose other than in the pursuit of business related to Financial Engineers.
Otherwise, we will not disclose personal information unless we are required to do so by law.
At any time, you may ask us to give you a list of the personal information we hold, and copies of that personal information. We will endeavour to provide you with the data within 30 days of receiving your request. We may incur costs in giving you that information, in which case we reserve the right to charge you a reasonable fee to cover those costs.
If you believe that we are holding inaccurate or incomplete data about you, you may ask us to correct it.
We will take reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify your personal information when your personal information is no longer required for our business functions.
We take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or exposure. All Financial Engineers staff are required by the terms of their employment to maintain the confidentiality of customer information. Access to your information is restricted to those employees whose job requires that information. Access to our computer systems is restricted through password protection, internet firewalls and routers.
You can make any requests relating to your personal information, or any complaints regarding treatment of your privacy by contacting our Privacy Officer. Simply Drop Us a Line.