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Westpac launches new diversity and inclusion program

03 November 2014

Achieving our aspirations for diversity and women in leadership

Westpac has launched an innovative campaign to encourage female leaders from other sectors to begin a new career in the Financial Services sector. The campaign supports Westpac's ambition to be one of the world's great companies for diversity, flexibility and gender equity.

Brian Hartzer, AFS Westpac Chief Executive, said: "Diversity and gender equity is important, not only because it's the right thing to do, but because it drives business performance and really does help Australia to prosper and grow."

"A diverse workplace brings together varied perspectives, dynamic solutions and leads to better decision-making.  Despite this, women continue to be underrepresented at leadership and management levels in Australian workplaces and we want to see this change," he said.

"We believe that attracting professional women, from outside the Financial Services sector, to join the group of talented women we already have, will help set us up for future success." 

The Equilibrium Program offers a career option for accomplished women leaders, currently working in other sectors, to switch to a new career in Financial Services. The 12-month program will provide successful candidates with a tailored financial services development plan, mentoring and support to ensure a successful transition to a career at Westpac. 

Christine Parker, Group Executive Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for Westpac, said: "This is an exciting, innovative program which not only supports us in achieving equilibrium across our leadership team but which also gives us an opportunity to learn from these women who will inspire fresh and diverse thinking. I encourage you to share this opportunity with the best and brightest women leaders in your network."

Expressions of interest are now open and will close on 21 November.

To express your interest in this opportunity please visit