Live chat

Live chat is a real-time, two-way communication channel, available through our Broker Portal. It allows you and your registered support staff to connect with one of our broker support officers and get assistance on a wide range of pre-settlement queries relating to your client’s inflight applications.

To maximise the benefits of Broker Portal and live chat for your office, you can give your support staff access to the Broker Portal.

To get the most out of your live chat experience and to avoid any delays, we’ve included some helpful tips below.

What we can help with via live chat

Live chat is a new feature that we will continue to enhance. We can currently answer your queries related to:

  • Inflight applications

Before starting a chat, you can self-service many queries through our digital resources, including:

Available times

Live chat is available Monday to Friday (excluding public and bank holidays), from 9am to 7pm (Sydney time). During this time, the live chat button is displayed in the bottom right-hand corner and you can click on this button to start a conversation.

Before you start

To get the most out of live chat and to avoid delays:

  • Check the Broker Portal prior to starting a chat. Our Broker Portal has information on all your applications and existing clients including status updates and loan information.
  • Have your APP ID, relevant documentation and questions ready before you initiate the chat to ensure a seamless experience. Please note our broker support officers can view the transcript of your previous chats if your message relates to an earlier enquiry.
  • For support staff, please ensure you’ve been set up with access to the Broker Portal, for the broker you’ll be requesting information on behalf of. If you’re set up across multiple brokers in the same office, we’ll be able to chat about all their applications. If the brokers aren’t in the same firm, you’ll need to log in with the Macquarie ID for each broker to use live chat.
  • Please avoid general questions, if your enquiry relates to a specific application please provide as much information as possible, including the application number, to ensure the broker support officer can provide accurate and complete information.
  • If you prefer to dictate your message using speech-to-text technology, Microsoft 365 and Apple dictation services can help you draft live chat messages.

Start a live chat

To start a live chat:

  1. Log in to Broker Portal
  2. Click on the live chat button in the bottom right-hand corner
  3. Once you’re connected to a broker support officer, type your message in the space provided
  4. Select the Enter or Return key to send your message.

For security reasons, please don’t share any sensitive information, such as your password, on live chat.


When you initiate a chat, you’ll be notified of your position in the queue. You’ll either be next in queue, or in a specific position in the queue.

Your live chat session will automatically start once a consultant accepts your live chat request.

If you choose to leave the queue, we’ll ask you to confirm before we close your chat request.

Ending a live chat

Either you or the broker support officer you’re chatting with can end the live chat.

To end an active chat session:

  • Select the X icon. We’ll ask you to confirm if you want to end the chat.
  • You can then select End chat to end the live chat, or No, return to chat to return to the chat.

The chat can also be ended while you’re waiting in the queue. If you ended the live chat in error, we’ll give you the option to return to the active chat before ending it definitively.

If the broker support officer ends the live chat, you’ll be notified of this in Broker Portal. You can then click on Close chat to minimise the tab.

Minimise the chat button

You can minimise the live chat button when you’re not chatting with us by clicking on the X. To expand it again, click on the chat icon.

Minimise the chat window

You can minimise the live chat window during a live chat so it doesn’t interfere with any content you’re viewing on the Broker Portal while you wait for a response from the consultant.
If the live chat window is minimised, the button will display the name of the consultant you’re chatting with. The button will change colour and a new message count will appear when you receive a new message. You’ll then need to expand the chat window to view the new message.
Click the – (dash) on the live chat window to minimise the window, and the live chat button to expand it again.

Timing out

If you or the broker support officer you’re chatting with haven’t exchanged messages for between 5 to 10 minutes the chat will time out. We’ll provide time updates to let you know if your chat will end shortly.

Once timed out, you’ll be notified in Broker Portal and then have 60 seconds to send a message and continue to chat with the broker support officer. If you don’t send a message in this time, the live chat will automatically end to allow broker support officers to assist others.

If your chat does time out, you’ll see a confirmation page confirming the chat has ended.


Live chat transcripts aren’t available once the chat has ended.

To save a copy of your chat for future reference, click into the live chat window and drag to select all the text in that chat, then copy and paste it into an email/document for your reference at a later point. Alternatively, you could take a screenshot of your chat for future reference.

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