Needs and circumstances change. Which is why you can apply to increase or decrease your credit limit at any time.
You might be after an increase if you need an additional buffer (say, for travel), are making a large purchase or, if you have a rewards card, to earn more points. Alternatively, you might want to decrease your limit to help you manage your spending more closely.
If you have a personal credit card, this page will take you through the steps to do either.
To manage your business credit card limit, visit our business page.
Decreasing your credit limit
To help you control how you use your card, you can choose to decrease your credit limit at any time, through Westpac Online Banking or the mobile app.
Alternatively, call 1300 651 089 or visit your nearest branch.
To decrease your limit:
- your credit account cannot be blocked
- you mustn’t owe more than the new lower limit on your card
- you can’t decrease your limit more than the minimum credit limit for your card as shown in the table
- means you’ll have a permanent lower limit. You would then need to apply for a credit limit increase in order to increase that limit again at a later date.
Increasing your credit limit
To get a credit limit increase you’ll need to apply. That’s because the bank will in-effect be lending you more money.
If you have online banking, you can request a credit card limit increase online.
- Even if you’re not using that bigger limit, your records will show you have a higher level of lending. That could impact your ability to take out other loans (e.g. for a house). If you’re increasing the limit for a specific event, like travel, you could look to decrease it again afterwards.
- For some people, there will be the temptation to spend more – which will make it harder to pay back.
- If you do spend more but don’t repay the full amount at the end of the month, that could mean you’ll have more interest to pay.
Before you apply to increase your credit limit
Even though you’re already with us, if you’re applying for an increase you’ll need to consider:
- You have a regular, verifiable Australian taxable income.
- You have a fixed, verifiable residential address in Australia.
- You haven’t been declined for a credit limit increase in the past 6 months.
Minimum and maximum credit limits
|Card name||Minimum limit||Maximum limit|
|Altitude Black and Earth Black credit cards||$15,000||$75,000|
|Altitude Platinum credit card||$6,000||$50,000|
|Altitude Platinum Plus credit card||$8,000||$75,000|
|Earth Platinum Plus credit card||$8,000||$50,000|
|All Gold credit cards||$5,000||$30,000|
|Ignite credit cards||$2,000||$25,000|
|All other Platinum credit cards||$6,000||$50,000|
|Student credit card||$300||$1,000|
|Westpac Lite card||$500||$4,000|
|Flex Card (limit is fixed)||$1,000||$1,000|
|Low Rate card||$500||$50,000|
|Other personal credit cards||$500||$50,000|
Things you should know
Westpac’s lending policies and guidelines are designed to ensure we lend responsibly. Before applying to increase your credit limit, please make sure you’re comfortable with the higher monthly payments and higher credit limit.
To manage your credit card, just remember these two simple rules:
a. Always aim to pay off more than your monthly minimum amount as making minimum payments is not an effective way to manage your credit card debt.
b. Make sure your credit limit is realistic. Call us on 1300 651 089 (8am and 8pm, Mon to Fri) if you want to reduce your credit limit, and it’ll be effective immediately.
There are sometimes reasons, such as job loss or illness, that could lead even the most responsible borrower into temporary financial difficulty. If you find yourself in this position, just call us on 1800 067 497 (overseas +61 8 8177 6184), 8:30am - 7:30pm Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 6:00pm Saturday (Sydney time).
Terms and Conditions: Credit criteria apply. We’ll write to you within 20 days of receiving your application to confirm any changes to your credit limit. We reserve the right to decline your credit limit increase application including where your application is incomplete or where your card account is not in order.
The information on our website is prepared without knowing your personal financial circumstances. Before you act on this, please consider if it's right for you.
If your card account was opened before 4 June 2012, a fee will be charged in accordance with your credit contract every time you exceed your credit limit during a statement cycle.