Experiencing financial hardship?

We understand that at times, life can be tough due to any number of reasons. If there has been a change in your personal circumstances, you may find that you are unable to maintain your repayment commitments. This could be through a sudden change, like unemployment, an accident or loss of a loved one, or it could be the result of a gradual change, like the weakening of your financial position.

Financial hardship can affect everyone differently and that’s why we promise we will give genuine consideration to your situation and to work with you to determine what assistance is appropriate for you, on a case by case basis.

Am I eligible for assistance?

Assistance may be required for cases of short term arrears, caused by a temporary change in your personal circumstances, to longer term financial hardship. Whichever the case, one of our teams may be able to assist you.

Collections
If you are behind in your repayments and unable to make them up in one go, our Collections team may be able to look at flexibility in when your payments are due, including an extension of your time to pay.

Hardship Assist
If you are finding that you are unable to meet your minimum monthly repayments or require ongoing assistance, Hardship Assist is here to help.

Hardship Assistance – Our approach

We are committed to working with you to help you overcome your financial hardship and will give genuine consideration to your situation. We also expect you to work with us in return and keep us updated if anything in your situation changes. This includes returning any calls when we have attempted to contact you.

We will discuss every customer’s situation on a case by case basis and some solutions we may be able to offer include:

  • Reduced payments for a period of time
  • Extended arrangements to repay
  • Restructure or consolidate existing Bankwest debts

Once we receive your application, we will attempt to contact you within 3 business days. Please be ready to provide details on your situation, including:

  • How your situation has changed
  • What income you are currently receiving
  • What your expenses are (e.g bills, utilities, transport, food, insurances, internet, entertainment)
  • How much you can currently afford to pay
  • How and when you expect your situation to change or improve

How do I get assistance?

Collections


Call us on 1300 787 144.


We are available to help from 8:00am to 5:00pm WST, Monday to Friday.

Fax: 1300 769 041

Hardship Assist


Call us on 1300 769 173.


We are available to help from 8:00am to 5:00pm WST, Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, download and complete an Application for Hardship Assistance (PDF, 75KB) , then send it to us by:

 

Fax: 1300 552 839

 

Post to:
Hardship Assist
Post Office Box E237
Perth WA 6841

 

You may choose to deal with us directly, otherwise you may like to have a nominated representative act on your behalf. For more information, you can visit Financial Counselling Australia (FCA) or call 1800 007 007.

If you would like a friend or family member to act on your behalf, complete a Third Party Request (PDF, 55KB) and return it to any of the addresses above.

What other support is available?

Doing it tough : Practical advice and guidance about managing your debts – provided by the Australian Banking Association (ABA).

Financial Counselling Australia (FCA) : FCA’s role is to support the financial counselling profession. They also advocate on behalf of the clients of financial counsellors for a fairer marketplace that will prevent financial problems in the first place, as well as offering services for clients experiencing financial hardship. FCA can also be contacted on 1800 007 007.

Debt Self Help : Guides and tools to help you get back on track, as well as providing practical information when you are experiencing financial hardship – provided by FCA.

MoneySmart : For tips and tools to help you make the most of your money – provided by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

beyondblue : A non-profit organisation that supports Australians suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental health issues. beyondblue can also be contacted on 1300 224 636.




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