Westpac Group

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Life & Culture

We believe our work environment and benefits are testament to our commitment to our employees.

Life and Culture

When we started as Australia’s first company in 1817 we wanted to deliver exceptional service and to help the Australian economy thrive. More than 200 years later our goals remain the same.

We want employees to join us in our purpose to create better futures together.

When you join Westpac Group, you’ll be empowered to make a difference, speak your truth and discover what success means to you. But best of all you’ll be joining a whole organisation of people who love helping others find their success.

Our Values

Helpful

Passionate about providing a great customer experience

Ethical

Trusted to do the right thing

Leading Change

Determined to make it better and be better

Performing

Accountable to get it done

Simple

Inspired to keep it simple and easy

Perks & Benefits

Flexible working

All roles at Westpac Group are open to consider flexible working arrangements, with potential options such as flexible hours and working remotely.

Leave to support lifestyle and wellbeing

We offer 12 weeks of flexible lifestyle leave giving employees the option to take up to 12 weeks' paid leave each year, through Westpac Group’s purchased leave program, or 12 weeks' unpaid leave each year.

A range of other leave benefits are also available for eligible employees including defence reserves leave, and two days of paid Culture, Lifestyle and Wellbeing Leave each year.

Volunteering

We actively encourage and support our people to volunteer their time and skills to support the local community organisations and causes they are most passionate about.

Paid parental leave

Employees who are the primary carer of their child are given 16 weeks’ paid parental and have the option to instead take 32 weeks’ leave at half pay. Employees who are the support carer are entitled to 4 weeks’ paid leave within the first month of the birth or adoption of their child. Parental leave may also be taken flexibly.

In addition:

  • 16 weeks paid leave for the birth parent and 4 weeks paid leave for the non-birth parent, for a pregnancy loss occurring from the beginning of the 20th week of pregnancy where there has been a still birth or where there has been a death after birth during the period of parental leave
  • 16 weeks paid leave for the birth parent, for a miscarriage from the beginning of the 12th week up to the 20th week of pregnancy. (increase from 13 weeks)
  • 1-week paid leave for the birth parent for a miscarriage up to the 12th week of pregnancy

Superannuation on parental leave

Employees can apply for superannuation to be paid on up to two years' unpaid parental leave to help enhance the financial future of our working parents.

Gender transition Leave

We offer up to 6 weeks’ paid leave and 1 year of unpaid leave for employees who are undergoing a gender transition or affirming their gender.

Sorry Business Leave

Employees identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander can access 3 days’ paid Sorry Business leave to participate in Sorry Business cultural practices, in addition to our standard 3 days paid compassionate leave.

Domestic & Family Violence Support

Employees experiencing domestic and family violence can access uncapped leave as well as advice and counselling, financial support and flexible work arrangements. We also offer employees 10 days paid leave if they are supporting a family member experiencing domestic and family violence.

Leading offerings to enhance your wellbeing

We offer a range of special Westpac Group services including:

  • Free nutrition advice
  • Free employee counselling and coaching service for you and your family
  • Access to wellbeing resources, training and development
  • End of trip facilities (selected locations)
  • Valuable savings on banking products and services
  • Employees and their families can take advantage of discounts on a wide range of Westpac Group’s banking and wealth products and services including when purchasing or insuring a home or a car, or saving for the future. Importantly, employees are still able to take advantage of this even after they move on from the company.

Third Party Partner savings

Our third party Employee Benefits Program is increasingly popular with employees and is accessible via a mobile-friendly portal, providing 24/7 access to great offers and discounts from well-known brands. With over 1.3 million logins over the past 12 months our employees clearly love the offerings.

Matching Gifts: matching employees' charitable donations

Matching Gifts is one of our company’s best-loved community programs. Every dollar donated by our eligible employees to Australian-based, registered charities with Deductible Gift Recipient status (DGRs) is matched by Westpac Group.

Employee Action Groups

Our Employee Action Groups (EAGs) support Westpac Group’s diverse and inclusive workplace culture. These employee-led networks bring passionate individuals together to advocate for and promote diverse communities both within and outside of the organisation.