Financial hardship - We understand that anyone can experience financial problems. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your change in circumstances.
Financial Hardship, COVID-19 Support and Disaster Relief
We understand that anyone can experience financial problems. Life can take unexpected turns that sometimes make it difficult for you to maintain your repayments. Whether it’s COVID-19 related, illness, loss of employment, a relationship breakdown or something else, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your change in circumstances.
If you are experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19, we may be able to provide a solution that will give you the support you need to get back on track.
This may include:
If you are a RAMS home loan customer, call us on 1800 143 075 or you can fill in our online form at the bottom of this page and we’ll contact you as soon as possible. It is important you include your contact details and other relevant information. If you require Translation Services, please tell us your preferred language.
When we become aware of your situation, we will assess your circumstances on a case by case basis to see what arrangements or options may be suitable for you.
Some of the things we may be able to offer are:
A professional consultant will assess your request
Your individual situation will be reviewed to find a tailored outcome
If required, we can put you in touch with a free Financial Counselling service
How your circumstances have changed
How much you can pay towards your accounts
What changes you expect in your circumstance and by when.
Are you experiencing financial difficulty?
RAMS Customer Assist 1800 143 075 - operating hours 8.30am – 6.00pm (AEST) Monday to Friday, closed weekends and public holidays.
Below are the standard forms used by Financial Counsellors.
Financial Counsellor Authorisation Form
Statement of Financial Position Form
Westpac Groups expectations of authorised third parties
RAMS Authorised Third Party Form
You can obtain free independent advice from a Financial Counsellor. This is a free service with dedicated people in each state that will work with you to understand your circumstances and help with next steps.
Contact the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 for a free, independent financial counselling service.
Customers in Financial Hardship - Helpful information from the ABA (Australian Bankers' Association Inc)
Financial Counselling Australia (FCA) - FCA is the peak body for Financial Counsellors in Australia
MoneySmart - an initiative of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) which offers tips and tools to help you make the most of your money.
National Debt Helpline - a not-for-profit service that helps people in Australia tackle their debt problems.
Yes, with your signed approval we can discuss and negotiate a solution with your nominated representative such as a Financial Counsellor or other third party.
We will look at your individual situation and provide a tailored solution. This may be for a short, medium or long period of time depending on your circumstances.
We will advise you in writing of the reason for the decline. However, even if we decline hardship assistance we may provide other assistance on a case-by-case basis. You may wish to seek further financial advice from a financial counsellor or other third party, about the options available to you.
If you are not satisfied with our response or handling of your complaint, you may be able to lodge your complaint with a free, independent external dispute resolution scheme, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority. Their contact details are:
Online: www.afca.org.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 1800 931 678Mail: Australian Financial Complaints Authority GPO Box 3 Melbourne VIC 3001
We will endeavour to contact you during the nominated time on the number provided, as soon as possible.
Solutions are assessed on a case by case basis and you may need to provide some further information such as Centrelink documents, medical information or proof of income and expenditure. If required our Consultants will discuss these requirements with you.
Assistance is determined on a case by case basis and could include reduced or deferred repayments. We are committed to working with you to provide a solution that will better your financial position.
Once we are aware of your financial difficulty we will suspend collections activity for 21 days, while we are assessing your situation, as per legislative requirements. This will enable you to provide us with any additional information if applicable. If we agree to provide you with hardship assistance and you comply with the terms of your arrangement, there will be no collections activity during any approved assistance period.
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