At Westpac, we believe that our longstanding commitment to building a truly inclusive culture is one of the things that underpins our success.
As Australia's oldest company, we are proud to have led the charge on gender equality and are serious about maintaining a workplace that is safe and respectful for our LGBTIQ employees. At the same time, we are always looking for new ways for the Group to be more flexible and accessible for all our customers and our people.
So if you're thinking about banking or working with Westpac, we want you to know: Westpac Group supports you being you.
- Brian Hartzer, Chief Executive Officer, Westpac Group
Everyone has the right to feel comfortable to be themselves when they come to work. For our LGBTIQ people, that means offering a safe and respectful work environment where everyone is treated equally and feels included and valued.
Launching an employee video, aligning with Wear it Purple day, to raise awareness of anxiety and depression in the LGBTIQ community, which received international exposure.
In 2019 we were pleased to introduce additional support for transgender and gender diverse employees. This included the introduction of up to 4 weeks paid and 12 months unpaid leave in addition to existing leave entitlements.
In 2018 Westpac achieved the highest 'Platinum' status in the AWEI (Australian Workplace Equality Index) awards, recognising our achievements in making Westpac Group an inclusive place to work.
How we're supporting our LGBTIQ community
Our employee action group GLOBAL is for our LGBTIQ colleagues and allies and has over 2,500 members in all states and territories in Australia, New Zealand and at our other international locations.
The GLOBAL group features an employee led leadership team focused on raising awareness and providing support to LGBTIQ colleagues across Westpac Group.
We celebrate and acknowledge major dates on the LGBTIQ calendar including Wear it Purple Day, International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and are active in many Pride events in Australia and overseas including WA Pride, Midsumma and SA Feast Festival.