Lender review

Bank of Melbourne

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LoanCaddie Opinion

Borrowers should feel a level of familiarity with Bank of Melbourne since is a part of Westpac. This also has its disadvantages as it also has a typical culture of a big four major bank. As with the other major four banks, Australians have a love/hate relationship with Westpac. There is a disdain for the major banks but Australia cannot live without them. Australian financial regulation protects the four major banks from takeover making them highly profitable and uncompetitive (akin to a utility company). Although they are strongly incentivised by profit, they also operate on a social license which means they cannot ignore the demands of the government. Hence, although we reluctantly put up with their poor service levels, if there is a financial institution that is going to help Australian's out of a tough financial position, it will be one of the four major banks.

Facts and lender background
History

The RESI Statewide Building Society was granted a banking license and established the Bank of Melbourne in July 1989. In 1997, Westpac acquired Bank of Melbourne. In 2008, it merged Bank of Melbourne with St George.

Size

Westpac has total assets of about $900bn.

Credit Rating

Westpac is rated AA- by S&P. The Australian Government's guarantee on deposits under the Financial Claims Scheme applies to deposits held with Westpac.

Ownership

Bank of Melbourne is a part of Westpac. Westpac is publicly listed on the ASX.

Funding

30% of Westpac's funding is from the wholesale capital market.

Customer service
Product Review Rating
1.6

average is 2.1 / 5

Branch network

You are able to transact at more than 3,200 Australia Post outlets that display the Bank@Post sign. This provides you with real-time deposits and the ability to draw cash.

Internet banking

Internet banking is available.

ATM/EFTPOS

Customers can withdraw cash free of charge from any of the major banks ATMs.