Our community sponsorships and partnerships
Australia's first bank and company has a long history of supporting the communities where our people live and work.
We have built strong partnerships with organisations that reflect our values and also help us create better futures for all Australians.
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service
Westpac has proudly supported the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service for more than 44 years, making it one of the longest corporate community partnerships in Australia's history. Since that time, the service has performed over 80,000 missions nationally.
Today, the Service covers 84% of the Australia’s populated districts during the summer months, operating 17 aircraft from 13 bases across the country. The Service also includes one rescue boat based in the Northern Territory and one in Victoria.
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service is there for all Australians when they need help most. No one has ever had to pay to be rescued.
You can support your local Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service by making a donation at any Westpac branch or via www.westpacrescue.com.au
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Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drones
Westpac is proud to partner with Surf Life Saving Australia to bring you the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drones. The program is Australia's first national approach to surf rescue, using innovative drone technology, to give surf lifesavers more eyes in the sky at patrolled beaches around the country. 51 drones are rolling out across the country over the 2018 summer patrol period, equipping surf lifesavers with accurate aerial vision to spot rips and distressed swimmers. Find out more
Inspire and Educate – Schools Program
The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Schools Program is a fun and educational national resource designed to teach primary school students about the importance of this iconic not-for-profit emergency service in Australia. The ACARA curriculum-aligned program has over 38+hours of ready to use materials, ranging from engaging digital lessons, pdf lessons, videos and the Schools Program Kids App.
Running for over five years, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Schools Program is now in over 3,000 primary schools in Australia, reaching more than 800,000 students. Find out more.
Westpac is proud to support the hit TV show Air Rescue with five series being aired to date. This six part documentary profiles the incredible work of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service crews, sharing the stories of the pilots, aircrews, doctors, paramedics and the Police. Find out more.
Westpac Little Ripper Drone
The Westpac Little Ripper Drone is an advanced, unmanned aerial vehicle that will help us reach even more Australians in need of a hand. Making world history in January 2018, Westpac Little Ripper performed its first surf rescue of two teenage boys – the first of its kind globally.
Westpac is proud to be a part of a new generation of rescue. The Westpac Little Ripper can detect sharks with 90% accuracy and locate people, whether they’re stuck out at sea or in a hard to reach bush location. Find out more.
Westpac Rescue RashieTM
Developed in partnership with CPR Kids, Westpac Rescue RashieTM is a sun-safe rash vest for children aged 2-8 years which, when unzipped, reveals Paediatric CPR instructions, making them readily available when they are needed most.
Purchase your Rescue Rashie today at www.rescuerashie.com.au. Proceeds go to Take Heart Australia to fund vital CPR training.
Westpac is proud to present the World’s Largest Fun Run, the Sun-Herald City2Surf. Westpac supports over 80,000 runners from all walks of life completing this bucket list event, running Australia’s most iconic course while raising much needed funds for causes close to their heart. Whether you're strolling, walking, jogging or running towards the Red Zone, Westpac will help you get to the finish line. Find out more.
Westpac City-Bay presented by Sunday Mail is the largest running event in South Australia. For 45 years, up to 35,000 runners, joggers and walkers join forces to drive a remarkable community spirit and support their chosen charities annually. Find out more.
As Australia’s first bank, Westpac has a long and proud history of helping veterans, particularly through employment. To extend its support, Westpac is proud to sponsor the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 to shine a light on the employment challenges faced by veterans right across Australia. Veterans bring unique expertise to the corporate world and Westpac is committed to helping veterans transfer these skills to unlock new career opportunities. Find out more.
Sydney Opera House
Partnering for the first time in 2017, the Sydney Opera House and Westpac partnership celebrates Australia’s rich First Nations culture, as well as shining a spotlight on the issue of gender equality.
Under the two-year agreement, Westpac is the Event Partner for Homeground, the Opera House’s annual celebration of First Nations art and culture. Westpac also provides support for All About Women, an Opera House festival held in March each year to explore ideas and issues that matter to women.
Since 2016, Westpac has been a proud Principle Partner of the Australian Museum. This partnership aims to enable current and future generations to discover the history of our nation and our region.
In 2017, the Long Gallery became Westpac Long Gallery, to mark the Australian Museum's 190th year and Westpac's 200th anniversary and became home to 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum, revealing the greatest showcase of the region’s history, people and cultures to the world.
Westpac also presented Australia’s first bank note to the Australian Museum on an extended loan. The note was issued on the day the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) first opened in April 1817. Find out more.
Indian Film Festival
As part of our commitment to supporting local communities, Westpac has the proud naming rights sponsor of the Westpac Indian Film Festival Awards Night. The Indian Film Festival brings Australian audiences some of the best film and performances from India and the subcontinent. For the third consecutive year, the Westpac Indian Film Festival Awards Night will recognise the amazing work by talented actors, directors, cast and crew. Find out more.
Since 2016, Westpac has been a proud supporter of Swimming WA - one of Australia’s leading aquatic industry and sporting organisations in Western Australia, representing 83 clubs and more than 12,000 registered swimmers across the state. With a focus on making swimming accessible across Western Australia, Swimming WA is a not-for profit organisation enabling the growth of swimming as a sport in Western Australia. Find out more.
Westpac is proud to have the below official Ambassadors:
- Ky Hurst, Australian Swimmer and Ironman
- John Eales AM, Former Australian Rugby Union player and Australia’s most successful Rugby Union Captain
- Tim Horan AM – Former Australian Rugby Union player
- Melissa Doyle AM – Australian television presenter, author, journalist and radio host