Bank update – good news

11 08 2007

I’ve been banking with Westpac most of my life, and all our loans have been through Westpac. After some incidents with loan restructuring ‘stuff ups’ in the past few years (the most recent was documented here), we were seriously considering shifting all our banking business to another bank and never using Westpac again.

However, since we moved to Bridgetown in February this year, we’ve had excellent service from the team at the local Westpac branch. One of the things that has contributed to this excellent service is the personal nature of the banking experience here. We are greeted warmly – and by name – whenever we go in to the bank, and nothing is too much trouble. Queries are answered, and issues are checked out and explained.

All “i’s” are dotted and “t’s” crossed in any paperwork we’ve had done. Nothing has been omitted. And the team behind the counter has made banking a pleasure now, instead of the painful and inhuman experience we encountered in the Perth branches and with the Mortgage Processing Centre in Adelaide.

The most telling difference between our previous experiences and the experience in our small country town is that the staff at the local branch take responsibility for making sure that whatever has to be done is done – and if it’s not done, they chase it up.

Such a novel approach; such great customer service.



3 responses

13 08 2007

Great to hear your now getting better service. I had a series of problems with Westpac and found that what goes on in the processing and data entering centres is often out of control.

In my case I found errors of over $5000.00 in my Westpac business accounts. When I started investigating bank errors I found that they were surprisingly common.

I became so frustrated with the whole bank error thing that I set up a site to publicise what has been happening. You can see it at There is a free report that you can down load that could give you some ideas about how you could be out of pocket and how to get it back. Look forward to hearing how you go with it.

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