Complaints Policy

1. This Policy

This policy provides information about our internal dispute resolution (IDR) process, how to make a complaint and the process we follow in seeking to resolve any complaint you may have. 

Our IDR service is provided free of charge.

2. Cash Australia

This policy is issued by Cash Australia (Int) Pty Ltd (trading as Cash Australia) ACN 008 191 599 Australian Credit Licence Number 386209 (we/us/our)

3. Effective date of this Policy

The effective date of this Policy is the 5th day of October 2021 and this policy applies to all complaints made on or after that date.

4. How you may lodge a complaint

You can lodge complaints by contacting by our complaints officer.

Our complaints officer is currently Kon Andrews and he acts as the central contact person for our IDR process. You can contact our complaints officer in any of the following ways:

You may also lodge a complaint by speaking to any representative of our business who will refer you to our complaints officer.

5. Providing Details of your Complaint

When you make a complaint, we will ask that you explain the details of your complaint as clearly as you can.  You may do this verbally or in writing. This will assist us in seeking to resolve any complaint you may have.

6. Accessibility

In order to assist complainants who might need additional assistance to lodge a complaint, we:

  • offer multiple methods for lodging complaints, including phone, email, letter, social media, in person, or online;
  • do not require complaints to be in writing;
  • ensure that information provided to the public about our IDR process, including this policy, is available in a range of formats appropriate for our client base;
  • provide training to all staff (not just complaints management staff) to enable our staff to be able to identify, support and assist complainants who need additional assistance, including cross-cultural training; and
  • allow representatives to lodge complaints on behalf of complainants, including financial counsellors, legal representatives, family members and friends.

7. Dealing with complaints

Our process for dealing with complaints is as follows:

  • Acknowledgement: We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint promptly – that is, within one business day of receiving it, or as soon as practicable.
  • Assessment and investigation: We will review your complaint carefully and promptly, taking such steps and reviewing such documents as reasonably necessary. 
  • IDR response: We will provide an ‘IDR response’ Our response will be a written communication that sets out the final outcome of your complaint through our IDR process and will inform you of your right to take your complaint to AFCA if you are not satisfied with our IDR response. 

If we reject or partially reject your complaint, we will clearly set out the reasons for our decision.

8. Response timeframes

Generally, we will provide an IDR response to you no later than 30 calendar days after receiving the complaint. 

However, for some specific types of credit-related complaints, the following response timeframes apply instead of our standard response time.

  • For credit-related complaints involving default notices, we will provide you with our response no later than 21 calendar days after receiving the complaint;
  • For credit-related complaints which involve a hardship request/notice or a request to postpone enforcement proceedings, we will provide you with our response no later than 21 calendar days after receiving the complaint.

Exceptions to these timelines apply if we do not have sufficient information to make a decision, or if we reach an agreement with you.

We do not need to provide an IDR response to you if we close your complaint by the end of the fifth business day after receipt because we have:

  • resolved the complaint to your satisfaction; or
  • given you an explanation and/or apology and we can take no further action to reasonably address your complaint.

However, we must provide a written IDR response for complaints closed by the end of the fifth business day after receipt if:

  • you request a written response; or
  • the complaint is about hardship.

9. Our external dispute resolution scheme – AFCA

If we do not reach agreement with you about your complaint, you may refer your complaint to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA).  You can contact AFCA:

  • by phone on 1800 931 678;
  • by email at info@afca.org.au; or
  • in writing to GPO Box 3, Melbourne VIC 3001.

The AFCA scheme is a free service established to provide you with an independent mechanism to resolve specific complaints.

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*This statement is an Australian Government requirement under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009*