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It's a question that is often asked and something that we have covered before in our article Recording Payment Defaults however is there a time-limit on when a credit provider can list a payment default?
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) states in their Privacy Fact Sheet 35: When Can a Default Be Included in Your Credit Report -
Yes, a credit provider cannot wait more than 90 days after issuing you with the second notice to list the default.
If the credit provider does not disclose the default to a CRB within that 90 day period, it must send you another notice informing you of its intention to list the default. The credit provider must then wait at least another 14 days before disclosing the default to a CRB for inclusion in your consumer credit report.
You can find the answer to this question and more by visting the OAIC fact sheets page here.