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What Is VedaScore?

On your credit file, held by Veda Advantage, there’s a score which compares you as a borrower to the rest of the Australian population.

This is known as your VedaScore, and it’s one of the factors lenders consider when they assess your loan application.

The information on your credit file, including personal information such as your age, gender and address, are all used to calculate your score.

Do I have a good score?

We obtain a copy of your credit file from Veda Advantage and will know your VedaScore before lodging your loan application. If you don’t know your VedaScore you can obtain it by contacting Veda Advantage.

  • Excellent: Any score above 700.
  • Good: Any score from 600 to 700.
  • Average: 550 is the average score.
  • Bad: Any score from 400 to 500.
  • Very bad: Any score below 400.

The average score for all Australians who are credit active is 550, however, your score can range from -200 to 1,200.

Having a score of 550 would mean that you have a 1 in 12 chance of having a default lodged on your credit file in the next 12 months, whereas a score of 200 would mean you have a 1 in 2 chance.

It’s extremely rare to see scores higher than 900 or lower than 200.

How do lenders use VedaScore?

Many lenders have Veda’s score feed directly into their own scorecard that they use to assess loan applications. Others ignore the VedaScore and just use the data from your credit file.

Whilst your score with Veda will not be the only factor that the lender considers, it will make a big difference to the lender’s own credit score and the outcome of your application.

If this may be a problem for you then you can consider:

What is a negative VedaScore?

If you have serious credit infringement then your score will be negative! It’s possible to have a score as low as -200.

However, if you have been bankrupt or been in a part IX agreement in the last 7 years then your score will be between -994 and -999.

Veda Advantage decided to do this to better differentiate between the risk associated with different types of people who have been bankrupt.

We’re not aware of negative scores being used by any lenders at present, however we expect that once the accuracy of negative scores is proven then some specialist lenders will use this in their assessment rather than their current risk matrices.

How can I improve my VedaScore?

Improving your VedaScore is different to improving your credit score with a particular lender.

VedaScore is calculated looking only at your credit file, whereas a lender is looking at all aspects of your application.

There are a few simple steps that you can take to improve your VedaScore.

  • Ask Veda Advantage to fix up any data that’s incorrect.
  • Avoid moving address or employer unnecessarily.
  • Avoid applying for credit that you don’t need.
  • Avoid applying for credit with less reputable lenders.
  • Pay all of your debts and bills on time every time.
  • If you have any defaults then make sure that they are paid

Why are "enquiries" so important?

While most people are aware that a bankruptcy, court writ or default will have a large effect on their VedaScore, few people are aware that just applying for a loan can damage their credit file.

Each time you apply for a loan, the lender checks your credit history with Veda Advantage, and Veda records this as an “enquiry” on your credit file.

This data has a surprisingly large impact on your score! In particular Veda takes the following into account:

  • Number of enquiries: Too many enquiries makes you look like a distressed or desperate borrower.
  • Type of credit: If you apply for a mortgage then this is a low risk whereas someone applying for multiple credit cards is seen as a high risk.
  • Choice of lender: If you’re applying with lenders of last resort then this will have a bigger effect on your VedaScore than applying with a bank.
  • Shopping pattern: Applying for 3 credit cards over 3 years is seen as normal, however applying for three credit cards in one go is seen as a risk.

Apply for a mortgage

Do you have a low VedaScore? Our mortgage brokers are experts in credit scoring and know which lenders will assess your application favourably.

Please call us on 1300 889 743 or fill in our free assessment form and one of our mortgage brokers will let you know if you can qualify for a home loan.

  • Lucy

    Hey, do I have to pay if you guys check my veda score?

  • Hi Lucy, you don’t have to pay us for accessing your veda report. Veda score will have a big impact to the lender’s credit score and the result of your application.

  • Franz

    Do lenders also use credit scoring from agencies such as Experian? My partner has an Experian score, but there is insufficient information on her Veda profile to generate a score. She has 0 enquiries, defaults, etc.

  • Yes some lenders do use Experian however it is the exception rather than the norm. I wouldn’t worry about your partner not having a VedaScore as with a joint application your score and the overall nature of the loan will have a bigger effect.

    FYI a couple scores higher than a single person in most cases so given that the rest of your situation is ok then I expect you should be fine.

    Try this calc to see what a lender would think