Skip to main content Skip to main navigation
Skip to access and inclusion page Skip to search input

We're here to help

We know this is an unprecedented situation and we’re receiving a very high volume of enquiries. If you have submitted the form for support with your home loan, we’ll be in touch regarding your application.


We want to assure you that we’re here to help you and here’s some options you may like to consider:

Insurance

You may have insurance that may cover you in the event of illness or involuntary unemployment. If you have this insurance, please check your Product Disclosure Statement.


For Westpac Consumer Credit Insurance call 1300 369 989.


To lodge a claim on your Westpac life policy or for any queries call 131 817.

Redraw funds

If you’re ahead on repayments, you will have available funds in your home loan that you may access.


If you’ve already registered for redraw, you can transfer your available funds into your preferred account online via Westpac Live Online Banking.


If you haven’t registered for redraw, you will first need to set it up by completing the Redraw Authority form (PDF 617KB).

 

Adjust direct debit

If you are paying your loan by direct debit, you have the option to:

  • Reduce your repayments if you are paying more than you need to pay to the minimum amount required
  • Amend the frequency, for example, from weekly or fortnightly to monthly

Login to Online Banking
 

  • Cancel your direct debit

Call us on 131 900

Reduce repayment

If you’ve had this home loan for more than 12 months, you may consider reducing repayments by as much as 50% for up to 6 months.

Call us on 131 900

Defer repayments

If you've lost your job or suffered loss of income (including rental income) as a result of COVID-19, you can apply to defer mortgage repayments for three months with an extension for a further three months after review.

  • The deferred interest will be capitalised and any deferred principal repayments will need to be paid off during the remainder of your loan term. This means your loan repayments will be higher after the 3 month deferral period. If you have a Variable Rate loan making Principal and Interest repayments, you can use our COVID-19 Home Loan repayment deferral calculator as a guide to help understand what your repayments could be after your deferral period.
  • All requests are through the online registration form.  Due to the unprecedented volume of requests, your application may take time to process.  Please do not submit more than 1 form (unless we request otherwise, by direct communication with you), as it will delay processing your request.
     

If you have applied, we will aim to review your request as soon as possible and we’ll let you know when it is approved.
 

Please note the home loan deferral period starts once it is processed for your next 3 monthly repayments.
 

If you have a repayment due in the meantime, you have the option to:
 

  • cancel your direct debit by calling us 131 900
  • amend the frequency for example, from weekly or fortnightly to monthly via Online Banking
     

 

FAQ

No fee is payable.

Owner Occupier and Investment Property Loans on Principal and Interest or Interest Only repayments are eligible including:

  • Variable Rate Loans
  • Fixed Rate Loans
  • Equity Access Loans
  • Construction Loans
  • SMSF Investment Property Loan (SMSF with individual or corporate trustee)

Loans with Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) are also eligible. 

Yes - if you have redraw, you can access available funds during the home loan repayment deferral period.

Yes, on Variable Rate home loans you can still make additional repayments to your home loan.


For Fixed Rate home loans you can make total prepayments of up to $30,000 (cumulative), without costs or fees applying.  Prepayments exceeding this threshold may incur a break cost and administration fee.

Our special assistance package for home loans is applied for the next 3 monthly repayments after we process your application.


Due to the unprecedented volume of requests, your application may take time to process.   


We do understand customers may have a repayment due in the meantime.  If you are unable to make your next payment, please ignore any notices you may receive from us regarding overdue payments and we’ll be in contact when we work through your application. 

We’re committed to ensuring that there would be no adverse impact on a customer’s credit file.

While you won’t have to make any repayments during the deferral period, interest will continue to accrue, and will be capitalised to your loan. 


During the deferral period your repayments will be $0.00.


After the deferral period your repayments will increase to take into account the capitalised interest. If you have a Variable Rate loan making Principal and Interest repayments, you can use our COVID-19 Home Loan repayment deferral calculator as a guide to help understand what your repayments could be after your deferral period.

Switching to Interest Only

You may be eligible to switch your repayments to interest only. This will temporarily reduce your repayments as you will only be paying the interest portion of your repayment.


To find out if you are eligible to switch to interest only repayments, please complete a request to call back form or call us on 132 558.

 

FAQ

Switching to interest only will mean your repayments are temporarily lower during the interest only period. This is because you are only required to pay the interest portion of your repayments rather than both the principal and interest.

At the end of your interest only period, your repayments will:

  1. Switch back to principal and interest.
  2. Increase – this is because your principal will now need to be paid back in a shorter timeframe. Therefore, your repayments will be higher than if you’d stayed on principal and interest from the outset. The longer the interest only period, the higher the jump in repayments will be.

Interest rates for loans with interest only repayments are higher


To see a full list of our interest rates, visit our interest rates page.

To find out if you are eligible to switch your repayments to interest only repayments call us on 132 558.

If you are an owner occupier, you may be approved for an interest only term between 1 and 5 years.

If you are an investor, you may be approved for an interest only term between 1 and 10 years.


See what else we’re doing to help

COVID-19: Customer Support

Westpac has supported our customers and community through the good and tough times for more than 200 years and will continue to be here for you as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
 

Find out more

 

Give us a call

If you have any further questions regarding your existing home loan please call us on 131 900.

Things you should know

Break costs on prepayments and switching: Customers can make total prepayments of up to $15,000 (cumulative) for loans fixed prior to 21 March 2009, $25,000 (cumulative) for loans fixed between 21 March 2009 and 16 March 2012 or $30,000 (cumulative) for loans fixed on or after 17 March 2012, without costs or fees applying. Prepayments exceeding this threshold may incur a break cost and administration fee.


If at any time before the end of a fixed rate period you switch to another product, interest rate (fixed or variable) or repayment type, then a break cost and administration fee may apply.


Prepayment and switching break costs are explained in the Break Costs Fact Sheet (PDF 120KB).