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Two leading female scientists awarded prestigious Westpac Research Fellowship

Today the Westpac Scholars Trust announced its 2019 Westpac Research Fellows, recognising two of Australia’s most promising researchers – Dr Jacq Romero and Dr Meru Sheel – who will receive $1 million in combined funding over three years to advance their innovative research.

Soft Landing makes a big impact

Working across six sites in four states, Soft Landing diverts around 350,000 mattresses each year from landfill, recovering the components for recycling.

Designing for the digital future

Sujatha Natarajan joined Westpac eight years ago as a Technology Graduate. Today she is a Senior Product Development Manager working on one of the largest transformation projects in Westpac history – building our new Customer Service Hub.

Foiled email hack saves customers $32,000

While building their dream holiday home in the NSW Southern Highlands, Susan and Rick Cusumano were targets of a sophisticated hack involving their builder’s email account. Westpac’s proactive intervention saved the Cusumano’s from losing $32,000.

Our advocate for customers

Westpac’s customer advocate, Adrian Ahern, provides Westpac’s retail, small business and wealth customers with an independent avenue for dispute resolution. Adrian’s role complements the further changes Westpac has made during 2018, with the establishment of the Customer & Corporate Relations division.

Helping a farmer through the drought

Managing over 6,500 head of sheep near the drought-prone geographical centre of NSW, Greg Woodlock understands the ups and downs of running a farm. With Westpac’s help, he has expanded his business and secured the farm’s long-term viability.

Westpac Scholars Trust recognises 17 outstanding individuals determined to solve some of Australia’s biggest problems

Westpac Scholars Trust announced its 2019 Westpac Future Leaders Scholars, awarding over $2 million to 17 outstanding postgraduate students who are investigating solutions to some of Australia’s most complex issues.

Westpac Scholars Trust announces 2019 Social Change Fellows

Westpac Scholars Trust has recognised 10 outstanding social innovators, awarding each with fellowships valued up to $50,000 to invest in their personal and professional development.

Helping communities affected by natural disasters

To help impacted communities recover and build resilience, Westpac announced $100,000 in Natural Disaster Recovery Grants in 2017. Since then, the funds have been used across a variety of recovery projects, directly benefiting almost 7,000 people.