Bank of Melbourne (2011)

Bank of Melbourne is a financial institution operating in Victoria, Australia. A subsidiary of the Westpac Group, it was re-established as a separate entity, and re-commenced operations on 25 July 2011.

Bank of Melbourne
TypeSubsidiary of Westpac
IndustryBanking, Financial services
FoundedRelaunched: 25 July 2011
HeadquartersMelbourne, Australia
Number of locations
Area served
Victoria, Australia
Key people

Elizabeth Proust (Chairman)
Penny Fowler (Board Member)
Peter Hawkins (Board Member)
Mark Melvin (Chief Executive)
Alasdair Eaton (Head of Retail)
ProductsPersonal Banking, Business Banking
Number of employees
1000 plus
Bank of Melbourne branch in 2011.

The "new" Bank of Melbourne initially rebadged the Victorian business of St.George Bank, another wholly owned subsidiary of Westpac, as part of a major local branding strategy. The customer-facing activities of the business operate independently of the Westpac Group. Westpac has owned Bank of Melbourne, and the rights to the brand, since its acquisition of the bank in 1997.[1]


The RESI Statewide Building Society was granted a banking licence and established the Bank of Melbourne in July 1989, listing it on the Australian Stock Exchange on 13 July 1989. In 1996, the bank acquired the Victorian business of Challenge Bank from Westpac.

On 3 April 1997, Westpac made a $1.43 billion bid to acquire the Bank of Melbourne; on 29 September 1997, holders of 96% of the ordinary shares of the Bank of Melbourne voted to approve the proposal. Conditions of approval for the takeover required Westpac to continue operating the entity as the Bank of Melbourne for three years.

The entity traded under that brand name until January 2004, at which point the brand name was replaced with Westpac.[1]

In 2008, Westpac merged with the St.George Bank.

In 2011, Westpac relaunched a redesigned Bank of Melbourne brand, trading with the infrastructure and employees of St.George Bank in Victoria and led by Chief Executive Scott Tanner.[2][3] Bank of Melbourne's logo is a navy blue shield, reflecting the architecture of Melbourne[4] and Victoria's state colour. The logo was created by Ogilvy Australia and Designworks.[5]

The bank has branches across metropolitan Melbourne and other primary urban centres including Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Shepparton. It has a local executive team led by Chief Executive Mark Melvin, an Advisory Board chaired by prominent business figure Elizabeth Proust, and a CBD call centre to serve customers over the phone.

In 2015, Bank of Melbourne was announced as the anchor tenant in the Rialto's $100 million 'Mid town' redevelopment,[6] timed to mark the 30th anniversary of the iconic skyscraper. The bank moved its head office to the redeveloped Rialto building on the corner of Collins and King Street in Melbourne's CBD in 2017.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Mark Russell (30 January 2004). "Bank of Melbourne to lose its identity". The Age. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  2. ^ Chris Gillett (10 March 2011). "Westpac relaunches Bank of Melbourne". Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  3. ^ Malcolm Maiden (11 March 2011). "Bank of Melbourne revived as Westpac goes back to the future". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Designworks - Bank of Melbourne". Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Ogilvy Australia | Bank of Melbourne Launch". Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  6. ^ Lucas, Clay (2 July 2015). "New five-level tower to wrap around Rialto base". The Age. Retrieved 6 May 2020.