Westpac opens new tech hub on the Gold Coast

The hub will bring 200 jobs to Queensland

Westpac opens new tech hub on the Gold Coast


By Mina Martin

As part of the bank’s broader digitalisation agenda, Westpac has launched a new technology engineering hub on the Gold Coast, which will create up to 200 additional jobs in the state over the next few years.

“The creation of the new tech hub in Surfers Paradise will enable us to expand our technology agenda and attract world-class talent, while also creating employment, training, and development opportunities in Queensland,” said Chris de Bruin, Westpac chief executive of consumer and business banking. “The hub will focus on bringing together software engineers, technologists, and data specialists who can work in partnership with our digital teams to make banking simpler and faster for our customers and bankers through new technologies. It also gives residents the opportunity to join a large-scale organisation and build a career in the banking sector.”

Paul Bari, Westpac chief information officer of consumer and business banking, said the hub has been tailored with the latest tools and technology to ensure the company’s engineers are able to work as efficiently as possible and be able to focus on developing solutions.

“We also want to tap into the latent talent pool and opportunity that exists across the country, and with a growing number of Australians seeking hybrid working options or a regional move, we’ve chosen the Gold Coast to combine the best lifestyle, career and growth opportunities into what we see as Australia’s own ‘Silicon Beach’ where tech and innovation meets the sun and surf,” Bari said. 

Westpac is also working with local universities and has developed a specialised graduate program to attract new and emerging talent.

“Not only do we want to hire as many great engineers as we can, but we also want to foster the next generation of technologists and encourage more students to consider a career in the sector,” Bari said. “This includes a bespoke graduate program where students can experience a variety of skills and roles offered through the hub, including technology roles beyond software engineering like business analysts or project management.”

To apply for a current vacancy, visit the Westpac website.

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