How you can get involved
We’re immensely proud of our legacy of helping Australians prosper and grow, which is why we will always encourage and support our employees who help us carry our legacy into the future.
A few of many ways you can get involved.
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. We believe this is one of the most democratic ways of allocating our philanthropic contributions.
Our Matching Gifts program was formed in December 1998 and was the first of its kind among Australian banks. Our Matching Gifts program creates significant value - it is a source of pride for our people; it also helps to build stronger communities by supporting charities right across Australia which deliver important social services to so many people.
Jawun Professional Secondments with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Westpac Group employees in Australia have a unique opportunity to participate in a life changing Jawun Professional Secondment with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
Jawun is a not for profit organisation co-founded by Westpac in 2001. Jawun partners with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in 12 regions across Australia, providing them with skilled secondees from Jawun’s 28 corporate and government partners – including Westpac Group. Secondees share their professional skills to help these organisations refine and deliver their initiatives and progress their reform agendas.
Since 2001, over 950 Westpac Group employees have taken part in Jawun secondments and success is shared both ways. The Indigenous organisations benefit from the professional skills provided by the corporate secondees, while our employees benefit from an immersive experience that builds their leadership and understanding of Indigenous cultures and ways of doing business.
Natural Disaster Relief Fund
The impact of natural disasters can be devastating for communities and businesses. To help those affected to recover and rebuild their lives, we established a Natural Disaster Recover Fund. This fund is an extension of our long and proud history of helping customers affected by natural disasters by providing personalised assistance, disaster relief packages as well as donations, community grants and mentoring support.
Supported volunteering opportunities
Whether you're volunteering by yourself or bringing people together for a team-based activity that benefits the community, helping others is a rewarding experience. When you work with us you'll be able to use your Community Leave to spend time away from the office volunteering. We'll also initiate a range of general and skilled volunteering opportunities for you in our local communities.
CareerTrackers Indigenous careers partner
We aim to make a difference within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by ensuring that Indigenous recruitment is front-of-mind. In fact, in 2014 through our partnership with CareerTrackers we committed to recruiting 400 Indigenous interns over the next 10 years. CareerTrackers is a national non-profit organisation that creates internship opportunities within the private sector for talented Indigenous university students.
Employee Action Groups
Our Employee Action Groups (EAGs) support and encourage Westpac Group's diverse and inclusive workplace for our people to prosper and grow. They foster member development and promote awareness of group interests at corporate, community and individual levels. Employees are able to become members of a diverse range of action groups across categories including Gender Equality, Cultural Diversity, Generations, Flexible Employment, GLOBAL for LGBTI, ABLE for accessibility, Anti-Family Violence and Defence Veterans.