Westpac extends COVID-19 mortgage relief by up to 12 months

Tom Watson

25 May 2020

redactor/hero-images/1592/westpac-sign-outside-of-westpac-branch_content.jpg

Westpac home loan customers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 will have access to extended repayment relief on their mortgages following an announcement by the major bank on May 23. 

According to Westpac, eligible customers making interest-only payments will be able to extend that interest-only period for up to 12 months, while customers making principal and interest payments will be able to make the switch to interest-only payments for the same period. 

The latest initiative follows an earlier move by the bank to allow customers who have lost income as a result of the coronavirus outbreak to defer mortgage repayments for up to three months, with the opportunity for a three month extension subject to review. 

According to recent figures from the Australian Banking Association (ABA), 429,000 mortgages have been deferred as a result of COVID-19, with Westpac home loans general manager Will Ranken confirming that over 100,000 Westpac customers have taken up the opportunity. 

“We have had more than 115,000 customers defer mortgage repayments as part of our COVID-19 consumer support package,” he said. 

“However, we recognise that many customers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 still want the option of making some repayments during this time. These changes mean it is now simpler for customers to apply to extend their interest only loan term, or switch their repayments to interest only.”

The bank has encouraged mortgage holders to weigh up the benefits and drawbacks of extending or to interest-only repayments though. While the additional money saved could be of use to impacted households now, it will still need to be repaid down the line. 

Similarly for borrowers who have deferred home loan repayments, interest and fees that go unpaid during the deferral period could be added to the outstanding loan balance resulting in higher repayments later on. 

RELATED: Big bank coronavirus support: How to defer your mortgage repayments

For more information about the financial response from Westpac and other Australian banks to the COVID-19 outbreak, make sure you check out our comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about Coronavirus and your finances.

Home loans 2020

Rates updated daily. Advertiser disclosure.

  • loans.com.au

    2.48% p.a. variable

    2.50% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Smart Home Loan 80

    A low-rate home loan that could save you thousands, with no ongoing fees plus unlimited extra repayments and free redraws. Mozo Experts Choice Low Cost Home Loan 2020.^ You'll need to be borrowing $1 million or less and have at least a 20% deposit required.

    • 2.48% p.a. variable

    • 2.50% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • Optional - with 0.10% additional interest

    • $520

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $1,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Smart Home Loan 80

  • HSBC

    2.09% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    2.98% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Have the security of a fixed rate for 2 years with the option to split with one of the HSBC variable Home Loans. No ongoing monthly service fees or annual fees. Mozo Experts Choice Fixed Home Loan 2020^

    • 2.09% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 2.98% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free up to $10,000 p.a.

    • no

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $7,500,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Fixed Rate Home Loan

  • Athena

    2.34% p.a. variable

    2.34% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Celebrate Variable Home Loan

    Fast online application with no fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Min 40% deposit. Crowned Best New Home Loan for 2020 by the Mozo Experts.^

    • 2.34% p.a. variable

    • 2.34% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 60.00%

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Celebrate Variable Home Loan

  • UBank

    2.49% p.a. variable

    2.49% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    Enjoy a super low rate, $0 fees and easy application with the Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Bank of the Year.^ Free redraw with flexible repayments. Min 20% deposit.

    • 2.49% p.a. variable

    • 2.49% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $100,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

  • Hot Deal $2,000 Refinance Cash Bonus (T&Cs apply)

    Suncorp

    2.68% p.a. variable

    2.69% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Back to Basics Special

    No monthly account keeping fee, no ongoing annual fee and no loan establishment fee on new lending of $150,000 or more. Get a $2,000 cash bonus when you refinance with an eligible Suncorp Bank Home Loan of $250k+. T&Cs & eligibility criteria apply.

    • 2.68% p.a. variable

    • 2.69% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $350.00

    • Yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • Refinance from another lender to receive a $2,000 cash bonus for loans of at least $250,000 or $3,000 bonus for loans over $750,000. Available for loans with an LVR <90% and applications made by 18 December 2020 and settled by 26 March 2021.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Back to Basics Special

^See information about the Mozo Experts Choice Home loans Awards