After all, work is something you do, not a place you go to. So with that in mind, we aim to provide a wide range of flexible working and leave options to help our people better balance their work and life goals. We encourage regular team-based discussions between team members and their people-leaders to design flexible working solutions that work for the individuals, their team and their customers.
Flexibility for everyone
Flexible working has always been supported and encouraged at Westpac Group. We've stepped up that support, establishing the All in Flex policy with the aim of ensuring that all roles across Westpac are able to be performed flexibly, so that flexibility should be possible for everyone.
From June 2015, all jobs advertised emphasise the role is open to an experienced candidate seeking a rewarding career and flexible working. If you're short listed, you can start the flexible working conversation with the hiring manager straight away to find out what flexibility options are available for the role you're applying for. If you're already working at Westpac, you can talk through your flexible work options with your manager and team and come up with a solution that suits your role and which meets the needs of your customers. It's that simple.
Flexible working options
There are a range of flexible working options our people can choose from based on their needs, work preference and the needs of the business.
For those who prefer not to work 9am-5pm
- Flexible work hours
You can choose when you work the required work hours through varying start and finish times. For example, you may want to start earlier and finish earlier, or start later and finish later.
For those who want to work somewhere other than the office
- Working Remotely/Working From Home (WFH)
You can choose to work from another location, including your home, rather than working from the office. This works well if you're in a role or have tasks that don't require a high level of face-to-face interaction with customers or colleagues.
For those who prefer not to work 5 days a week
- Working part-time
You can choose to work part-time either when starting a role, if you're returning from leave, or wanting to make the transition from working full-time.
- Job sharing
You can choose to partner up with a colleague to 'share' your role. This usually involves both of you sharing responsibilities for a full-time role so you can work part-time.
Leave options that support flexibility
- Flexible lifestyle leave
This offers more choice in how and when you work - can be taken on a paid (through purchased leave) or unpaid basis.
- Wellbeing and lifestyle leave
One day of paid leave each year to use for any activity that's important to you, whether that's moving house, helping out in the community etc.
- Purchased leave
You can buy up to 12 weeks of extra annual leave as a salary sacrifice. Any purchased leave not taken is reimbursed.
- Career break
You can take up to 12 months paid leave (salary sacrificed over four years) or between 3 and 12 months unpaid leave to meet responsibilities at home, travel, study or do whatever is important to you.
- Leave without pay
You may need to take a short time away from work even though you have used up all your paid leave.
- Transition to retirement support
Offers flexible working arrangements in your existing role or a new role while you transition to retirement, as well as three days of paid leave during this time to pursue activities related to your retirement.
- Domestic and Family Violence leave
20 days leave for employees facing domestic and family violence or for carers supporting loved ones.
- Sporting leave
If you participate in sport at an international, national or state level you may be entitled to some paid leave to attend training and to compete in sporting events.
- Long service leave
Our long service leave is flexible - allowing you to take a day at a time, a day each week or a month or more in one block, after 10 years of service.
- Annual leave
As an employee you will receive 4 weeks paid annual leave for each year of service.
- Gender Transition Leave
Up to 20 days paid and one year unpaid leave for employees undergoing gender transition, in addition to other leave entitlements.
Looking after children or other dependants
- Parental leave
These options are available to you whether you're looking to have a baby, adopting or have a long term foster arrangement.
- Parental leave of 2 years (including 16 weeks paid for primary carers and 4 weeks paid for support carers)
- Support options for early pregnancy loss (before (12 weeks), pregnancy loss (between 12-20 weeks), premature births and stillbirths.
- Paid parental leave flexibly, which means you can share the care of your child with your partner
- Superannuation on up to two years' unpaid parental.
- Grandparental leave
If you're a grandparent, you can take up to 52 weeks unpaid grandparental leave to be the child's primary caregiver up to their second birthday.
- Carers leave
You can take this leave when someone in your family or home is sick or hurt or needs your care during an emergency.
Meeting our people's demand for flexibility
- 74% of Westpac Group employees work flexibly
*Source 2017 Your Voice Westpac Group Survey