Closing Date

5.00pm Sunday, 8 March 2020




Sydney CBD

Lead the development and implementation of Westpac Group’s strategy to address the human impacts of financial crime.

  • Play a key leadership role within Westpac Group and the Group Sustainability Team.
  • Use your knowledge, experience and influence for positive change and impact.
  • Leverage your ability to develop solid partnerships and networks.

The Organisation

The Westpac Group is Australia’s first bank and oldest company. Their vision is to be one of the world’s great service companies, while helping their customers, communities and people to prosper and grow. Westpac believes in the strong role it has to play in helping to create positive social, economic and environmental impact for all.

Westpac has a long track record of positive social and environmental performance, driven by The Groups Sustainability Team, who support the business in aspects of sustainability strategy, risk, performance, and communication.

The role

In support of Westpac’s vision, a new role – Head of Safer Communities – has been created to lead a key workstream in the Group’s response plan to the matters set out in AUSTRAC’s Statement of Claim, ‘Protecting People’. This role, reporting to the Group Head of Sustainability will develop a plan of actions, with a specific focus on addressing child exploitation and supporting child protection, to ensure that Westpac plays a leading role in Australia and globally, in the reduction of financial crime, specifically human trafficking and child exploitation. This person will engage with external experts in human rights, child exploitation and child protection, and work with senior leaders across the organisation’s other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive approach to addressing the human impacts of financial crime.

This position’s specific areas of responsibility will be to:

  • Develop and gain endorsement for a strategic workplan to support Westpac in taking a leading role in tackling child exploitation both offshore and domestically, and support wider efforts in addressing modern slavery in financial sector value chains;
  • Oversee the engagement of Expert Round Members and the relevant Advisory Group;
  • Maintain strong working relationships with all stakeholders including the Australian Government, the International Justice Mission, Save the Children, and UNICEF;
  • Guide the strategic approach and manage the practical and well-governed distribution of up to $30 million over three years;
  • Define team requirements and lead a team skilled in effective project management and engagement with communities and other stakeholders to support effective and informed programs, and;
  • Represent Westpac among key external networks and industry groups as required based on issues and focus areas as these evolve over time.

As the successful candidate, you will have a solid understanding of human rights frameworks and themes, specifically human trafficking, financial crime, child exploitation and/or online exploitation, and be respected for your work undertaken to date. You will understand the importance of articulating a theory of change and impact measurement.  You will be as capable at leading Westpac’s efforts as you will be in ensuring details are covered and the secretariat role is filled. This role requires a capable and strong leader, with a focus on execution and a demonstrated ability to communicate and influence brilliantly.

To apply

People for Purpose have been appointed to recruit for this role.  For a confidential discussion or for more information please read the Position Description, or email us at

To apply, you MUST submit a CV and covering letter outlining why you are interested in representing Westpac and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity. You must send your complete application to

Applications close 5.00pm Sunday, 8 March 2020.