Member Matters July 2019


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At BankVic we are proud to serve those who serve the community. As CEO I am committed to continually improving the banking experience our members have with us, and supporting the community we serve. In the first half of 2019 I am pleased we have continued to deliver on this commitment.

With the launch of Apple Pay and Google Pay, we have made payments even more convenient for our members. You can now access easy, fast and secure payments in store or online by simply adding your BankVic debit or credit card to a compatible phone.

We also simplified our transaction account offering, removing excess transaction fees and international ATM fees.

At BankVic, not only do we support those who serve our community, we also love opportunities to celebrate them. We are thrilled to be the presenting partner of the inaugural Hawthorn Football Club Emergency Services match. It is wonderful to be able to shine a light on the enormous contribution Victoria’s frontline police and emergency services personnel make in our communities.

I am also very proud to have been nominated to the Victoria Police Legacy (VPL) Board as a Non-Member Director. It will be a privilege to support the VPL and its important contribution to the families and communities of Victorian Police members, veterans and legatees.

Finally, I’d like to thank our members for your ongoing commitment to our fundraising initiatives and community events. We loved being a part of the Good Friday Appeal for The Royal Children’s Hospital in April and it was truly inspiring to see so many of you join the Angela Taylor Walk/Run. Thank you to all the organisations involved who make these events such huge successes every year!





The BankVic crew had a fantastic time coming together as a team to participate in the 30th anniversary of the Angela Taylor Memorial Run/Walk. The event saw a ground-breaking turnout of 110 BankVic team members, family and friends! Thank you to everyone who came along and demonstrated their support. You’ve helped raise essential funds for the opening of a Critical Circulatory Support Service at Box Hill Hospital. This new service will honour Angela Rose Taylor and all other Victoria Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. We are proud to be one of the Principal Partners, in conjunction with the Blue Ribbon Foundation. Great job to all the organisations involved who make this event a huge success every year.





We joined the Victoria Police Centre (VPC) and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics (LETR) for a BBQ to raise funds for the LETR. Our CEO, Anthony De Fazio, donned the apron alongside Commander Stuart Bateson of Victoria Police who served up some delicious lunch for everyone, helping raise over $1,600!





We had the incredible honour to be one of the sponsors at the Good Friday Appeal for The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne (RCH). It was a great day full of excitement for the little ones, with face painting and furry friends aplenty! Thank you to all who visited, volunteered and donated towards such a meaningful cause that raised over $18 million.





As a long-term partner of The Royal Melbourne Hospital, we were proud to sponsor and establish the BankVic International Nursing Travel Grant for the first time. The purpose of this grant is to give the recipients the opportunity to travel overseas and gain further knowledge and experience. We were delighted to attend the Excellence in Nursing Awards with the opportunity to present the Travel Grants to the deserving winners, Elyse Riverson and Emer Keavenry. Congratulations to all the hard-working nurses who received an award.




We are proud to have been the presenting partner of the inaugural Hawthorn Football Club Emergency Services Match.

Held on Friday 5 July at the MCG in Round 16 of the AFL Season, the Emergency Services Match, between Hawthorn and Collingwood brought together and acknowledged the work of a number of Victoria’s Emergency Services Agencies, including Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Country Fire Authority (CFA), Victoria State Emergency Services (SES), Life Saving Victoria, Forest Fire Management Victoria and Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA).

It also provided a platform for the Emergency Services Foundation to promote their work assisting Emergency Services personnel from mental health issues and raise funds for the Emergency Services Foundation, supporting Emergency Services workers in times of need.

More than half of all employees and volunteers in Emergency Services are likely to experience a traumatic event that will deeply affect them during their career. The annual football match will provide a powerful platform to raise awareness of the mental health issues faced by the people doing this vital work in our communities.

We’re delighted to recognise a BankVic Emergency Services Champion at each Hawthorn FC home game; an opportunity at the core of our mission to support those who serve our community.

Hawthorn Football Club is offering an exclusive membership to all Emergency Service workers. To find out more, visit emergency-services-membership or call 1800 042 597.




The importance of saving money is something we learn at a very young age. Can you remember the first time you saved money? Your first step towards financial independence was probably an exciting one! It also probably involved the purchase of sweets or a record, tape or CD (remember those?). Fast forward a few years and the realities of life start to take the excitement out of it.

At BankVic we’re passionate about helping you improve your financial wellbeing, by providing you with low rate home loans and great value savings accounts. In addition to what we offer, here are a few tips to help you build useful money-saving habits.



  • List all your recurring expenses and make sure you’re getting the best value for each of them. For instance, if more than two members of your family use a streaming service, you may be eligible for a family account.
  • Allow yourself a set number of indulgences on the things that matter such as one family cinema trip per month.
  • Winter is a great season to think about energy efficiency: energy-saving light bulbs or household items can provide great relief to your electricity bill.


  • You can save a fortune buying second hand items. Op shops and online platforms are bursting with great bargains for your home and the family.
  • Be on the lookout for coupons and discount codes.
  • Shopping online? Check out online cashback websites to find out if you can get money back.
  • Set a 24 hour-rule before making a purchase decision.


  • Why buy a coffee when you can grab one from home? That’s a latte savings!
  • Bring your own lunch. It may not be as nice as the Italian down the road but practice makes perfect.
  • From hair masks to laundry detergents, homemade products can be super cheap to make and safer for the environment.

    We’d love to hear about your best saving tips! Share yours at and we might publish it in the next edition of Member Matters.

    This article doesn‘t take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on the information, consider whether it is right for you. You should read all relevant disclosure documents before making a decision.




    Scams targeting consumers are on the rise with more and more victims being caught off guard by emails or text messages that appear genuine. Last year alone, Australians lost almost half a billion dollars to scammers*. BankVic will never ask you to disclose your personal banking details by email. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

    Visit for more information about common scams and how to avoid them.


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