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Updating your relationship status & details

Your change in relationship status is a valuable detail in your personal history, so it’s important to inform key organisations of your new details.

September 2021 – 3 minute read

Key takeaways from this article:

  • Updating your details
  • How we can help
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Married life or de facto...

It’s a good idea for you and your significant other to update your details when you get married or enter into a new long-term or de facto relationship. Consider doing the following:

  • Register your marriage or de facto partnership with Births, Deaths and Marriages in your state or territory.
  • Register your name change (if applicable) with Births, Deaths and Marriages.
  • Update your passport if you changed your surname to your spouse’s family name.
  • Update your address if you are moving in together for the first time or moving home, including your mailing address and remember to notify your bank, work, super fund etc. of your new contact details.
  • Update the electoral roll with your new details.
  • Update your driver’s license following a change of name and/or address.
  • Think about creating or updating your will as your life circumstances change.
  • Consider updating your superannuation and nominated beneficiary details.
  • Update your Centrelink relationship status if applicable.

Changing your name after marriage

If you choose to change your surname when you’re getting married, it’s important you update your identification documents, personal accounts, and bank accounts. You can do this by contacting the relevant organisations with your marriage certificate or name change certificate.

Why tell us about your new living arrangements

Starting a committed relationship and setting up your future together is an incredibly exciting time, and Westpac is here to help. After exploring your current situation and your future goals, we will be able to discuss with you accounts, cards and loans as well as simplified methods to coordinate your banking and payments. Being informed and having the right tools could make your lives easier and help you achieve your relationship goals.

Your visit to a Westpac branch may involve reviewing all your independent accounts and loans as well as establishing new accounts as required – be it in your name alone, joint or as guarantor with your Banker.

With Westpac, you have access to home loan specialists as well as customer care, financial assistance and financial relief departments.

Connecting with Westpac

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Alternatively, if you prefer not to use or don’t have access to Westpac App, you could reach key Westpac contacts below for assistance:


Customer Assist

1800 067 497
8.30am - 7.30pm, Mon – Fri (AEST)
9.30am - 6.00pm, Sat (AEST)

A team of specialists who could assist if you’re experiencing financial stress.
Customer Assist could help you with a potential solution that may suit your financial needs and goals. 

Westpac Home Loans 132 558, 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week (AEST)
Westpac General enquiries

132 032

(have your 8-digit customer ID and Telephone Banking access code handy)

Life Insurance 1300 551 431  for changes to beneficiaries
Westpac General Insurance 1300 650 255

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This information is general in nature and has been prepared without taking your objectives, needs and overall financial situation into account. For this reason, you should consider the appropriateness for the information to your own circumstances and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice. Credit Criteria and terms and conditions apply.

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