About us (“we, us, our”):
Australian Credit Licence: VOW FINANCIAL
Australian Credit Licence Number: 390261
ABN/ACN: 138 789 161
Address: Level 11, 1 Chifley Square Sydney NSW 2000 PO Box H265, Australia Square NSW 1215
Credit Representative: ABHISHEK SETH
Credit Representative Number: 459519
Business Name: Augment Wealth
Phone Number: 1800 AUGMENT
ABN: 35 625 557 280
Address: 1/360 Hume Hwy Craigieburn VIC 3064
This is the Credit Guide of Vow Financial Pty Limited ACN 138 789 161, Australian Credit Licence 390261. We are licensed to arrange loans and leases under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (NCCP Act). The NCCP Act regulates the activity of lending, leasing and finance broking.
About this Credit Guide
This Credit Guide is designed to assist you in deciding whether to use the services we offer.
Services we provide
We will provide you with information on a range of lenders and products. Once you have chosen a loan or lease that is suitable for you, we will help you to obtain an approval.
Our Associations and Relationships
All our advisers are accredited with Vow Financial Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yellow Brick Road Group Limited We source finance from a panel of lenders. The lenders named below are the six lenders with whom we conduct the most business:
- Commonwealth Bank
- St George
Our Responsible Lending Obligations to You
We are obliged to ensure that any loan, or principal increase to a loan, we help you to obtain, or any lease we help you enter, is not unsuitable for you. To decide this, we may need to ask you some questions in order to assess whether the loan or lease is not unsuitable. The law requires us to:
- make reasonable enquiries about your requirements and objectives;
- make reasonable enquiries about your financial situation; and
- take reasonable steps to verify that financial situation.
Credit will be unsuitable for you if, at the time of the assessment, it is likely that the following would apply at the time credit is provided:
- you could not pay or could only pay with substantial hardship; or
- the credit will not meet your requirements or objectives.
For example, if you can only repay by selling your principal place of residence, it is presumed that the loan will cause substantial hardship unless the contrary is proved. For this reason, we must ask you to provide a significant amount of information. It is important that the information you provide is accurate, complete and up-to-date.
We will provide you with a copy of our preliminary assessment of your application, if you ask within seven years of when we provided assistance to you. This requirement is only triggered if we give you credit assistance.
If we arrange a loan for you to purchase or refinance real estate, remember you must make your own enquiries about the value of the real estate and its potential for future growth. Although we may obtain a valuation, that is for our own use and you should not rely on it.
Our Fees and Charges
Generally, no fees or charges are payable by you to us for our credit assistance. In some instances, a fee for service may be required. Details of these fees will be set out in a Credit Quote.
However, you may be charged a lender’s application fee, valuation fees and other fees associated with the loan. These fees are not charged by us and will be disclosed to you prior to submission of the credit application. Please note, however, that if a valuation is conducted and you ultimately choose not to proceed with the loan, you may be liable for the valuation fees.
We may receive commissions from the lenders and lessors who provide finance for you as our customers. These fees are not payable by you. You may obtain information relating to reasonable estimates of those commissions and how they are calculated.
When we provide you with credit assistance, you may ask us for a reasonable estimate of the commission likely to be received, directly or indirectly by Vow Financial and its credit representatives.
From time to time, we may receive financial or non-financial benefits from Vow, lenders, lessors or others. Some or all of a commission received by Vow may be paid to your Credit Representatives.
Vow may pay referral commissions to our credit representatives for referring to our Diversification Partners such as Vow Conveyancing. Referral Commissions may vary between 20% and 25% of professional fees charged by the Diversification Partner. These fees are not payable by you.
We may pay a referral fee (i.e. commission) for third party referrals. An example of a referrer would be a real estate agent or solicitor. This fee is not payable by you. This fee will be disclosed in the Credit Proposal Disclosure Document. You may on request obtain a reasonable estimate of the amount of commission and how it is calculated.
Vow Financial and your representative may also receive a benefit for referring you to other specialist service providers.
Our Dispute Resolution Procedures
Internal Dispute Resolution
If you are unhappy with our services, please contact us first by contacting our Complaints Manager on the following:
Vow Head Office (Complaints Manager)
Telephone (02) 8226 8327
Post PO Box H265, Australia Square, NSW 1215
We will endeavour to resolve your complaint quickly and fairly.
If your complaint has not been resolved to your satisfaction, you may contact the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), which is an independent dispute resolution scheme for financial services complaints.
For complaints, you can contact:
Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)
Telephone 1800 931 678
Post GPO Box 3, Melbourne, VIC, 3001
Things you should know
You should ensure that you have approved finance, in writing from the lender, before entering a binding contract to purchase.
It is important you understand your legal obligations under the loan, and the financial consequences. If you have any concerns, you should obtain independent legal and financial advice before you enter into a loan contract.
We do not make any promises about the value or future prospects of any property you finance with us. You should always rely on your own enquiries.
Before you accept your loan offer, make sure you read the credit contract carefully to understand full details of the loan. If you have any doubts, you should obtain independent legal and financial advice before you enter into any loan contract.
We represent lenders and have obligations to them, and in particular, to not provide any information we know is misleading or deceptive. We also have obligations under the law to report any fraud, forgery, or other illegal activities. Before using our services, it is important that you understand that we have these obligations to lenders, and under the law.
Vow Financial is required to have adequate arrangements in place to ensure you are not disadvantaged by any conflict of interest.