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Online identity verification terms

By proceeding with online identity verification, you:
 

  • agree to Westpac making an identity verification request, either directly or via a third party (verification request) and disclosing your name, residential address, and date of birth (personal information) electronically on your behalf using Equifax Pty Limited, ABN 29 080 662 568 (Equifax) and Equifax Australia Information Services and Solutions Pty Limited, ABN 26 000 602 862 (EAISS);
  • agree to appoint Westpac as your agent to contact Commonwealth and State Government agencies and private sector organisations (who are official record holders or database owners) electronically on your behalf, using Equifax and/or EAISS to match your personal information and details of your identity documents to the information you have provided to Westpac,


in accordance with these terms, and confirm that you are:
 

  • authorised to provide the personal information presented, including details of your identity documents; and
  • aware that you can also attend a branch with your identity documents to have your identity verified.


You also declare that:
 

  • to the best of your knowledge the information you have provided is true and correct at the date of your application; and
  • you understand that providing a false or misleading document is an offence under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act).

 

Making a verification request:

EAISS is a credit reporting body. We may ask EAISS to provide an assessment of whether your personal information matches (in whole or part) to personal information held by EAISS. We do this only for the purpose of verifying your identity as required under the AML/CTF Act.
 

EAISS may prepare and provide a verification assessment to us. EAISS may use the personal information provided by Westpac, and the personal information held by EAISS (including personal information of other individuals) to prepare the verification assessment.
 

When making a verification request, your personal information is considered to be “credit information” under the Privacy Act 1988.

 

Privacy notification for dealing with credit information
 

Credit information

We will disclose identity information (which is a type of credit information) about you to a credit reporting body to verify your identity by comparing your information against information held by that credit reporting body. The information that we disclose will consist only of your name, date of birth and residential address.
 

If you apply for consumer credit, we will also:
 

  • obtain consumer credit information about you from a credit reporting body to enable us to assess your creditworthiness;
  • exchange personal information and credit information about you with other credit providers to assess your application and creditworthiness if you are applying for consumer credit, and to notify them of any defaults by you;
  • give or obtain an opinion about your creditworthiness, including to or from other credit providers.
     

To ensure we are meeting our requirements and to allow the most up-to-date information to be considered as part of the application process and/or to verify your identity, we may be required to do any or all of these things on one or more occasions.
 

The privacy page of our website includes a “Statement of Notifiable Matters”. These are matters you should be aware of in relation to the use and disclosure of your credit information. This statement includes:
 

  • details of the credit reporting bodies to which we are likely to disclose your credit information, the types of credit information we may give them and how this information will be used;
  • your rights over your credit information, including how you can access and correct your information and make complaints;
  • your rights to direct a credit reporting body to limit the use of your information for direct marketing purposes and what protections are available if you believe you are a victim of fraud; and
  • information about our Credit Reporting Policy
     

You can call us on 132 032 or visit us in branch for a hard copy of the Statement of Notifiable Matters or our Credit Reporting Policy.
 

Identity verification requests: Databases held by official record holders and database owners

Equifax and/or EAISS own and/or manage the following databases:

  • Consumer Credit Report
  • Commercial Credit Report
  • Equifax Public Records
  • National Tenancy database
  • Commonwealth Electoral Roll
  • Insurance Reference Database
  • Equifax Phone Number Directory


Commonwealth Agencies:

  • Medicare
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Passport Office
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection - Visa Entitlement Verification Online
     

Various State Government Authorities:

  • ACT Road Transport Authority
  • NSW Road and Maritime Services
  • QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • VIC VicRoads
  • WA - Department of Transport
  • SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
  • NT - Department of Transport
  • TAS - Department of State Growth Transport
  • Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
     

Note: The confirmation of your identity using credit information will not be recorded as an enquiry on your consumer credit report.