Bendigo Bank is proudly part of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group. The origins of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank began more than 160 years ago in two great Australian communities: Bendigo in Victoria and Adelaide in South Australia. Each started out as building societies, driven to help Australians buy their own home. 

Swinburne and Bendigo Bank joined forces in 2019 to open Community Bank Swinburne, an initiative reflecting our shared commitment to creating social and economic impact. Banking profits are invested into the Swinburne community and we can offer banking discounts and benefits to staff, students and alumni. The partnership has since blossomed through the addition of professional placements and co-development of finance study units. 

Swinburne and Bendigo Bank will continue to look for ways to collaborate further through research and industry engagement. 


Opened Community Bank Swinburne

A branch at our Hawthorn campus

Employment opportunities for our students

Both paid professional placements and post-placement opportunities

Created the Master of Financial Technologies course

A first-of-its-kind postgraduate course

Key projects and outcomes

Learn more about what this partnership entails and some of the outcomes.  

Community Bank Inner East in partnership with Swinburne provides a dedicated lending specialist for Swinburne staff and students, following the closure of the Community Bank Swinburne branch in 2021.

We have two dedicated staff available to assist all existing Community Bank customers, and the staff and students of Swinburne with their lending needs.

Whether you’re looking to buy, invest, refinance, or renovate, Kathy and Claire are your home loan specialists. They are capable, friendly and here to support you.

Who is Community Bank Inner East?

Community Bank Inner East is part of the Bendigo Bank Community Bank network. With four branches located in Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Ashburton and Balwyn and a large mobile lending team, servicing Melbourne’s Inner East area.

We deliver the products and technology you’d expect from a big bank, plus the personalised service you wouldn’t. As one of Australia’s biggest banks, our heartland remains firmly local. As does our focus on you and the quality banking products you need.

We are much bigger than just a bank, with 60% of our profits directed straight back into the local community through grants and sponsorships. Our value proposition is simple, local people support us through banking and we return profits directly back into this community.

For more information:

Kathy Koulouris, Senior Customer Relationship Manager

tel:  +61 434 769 993

Claire Buxton, Customer Relationship Manager

tel:  +61 418 326 196

For information on how we support our local community

We support Swinburne through the provision of grants and sponsorships. We have provided scholarships to support young people pursue their dreams, sponsorships to Swinburne affiliated sporting clubs and grants to students needing financial assistance.

In 2019, Swinburne and Bendigo Bank co-created and launched the Master of Financial Technologies (FinTech). This first-of-its-kind postgraduate course is delivered through Swinburne’s Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE). The degree teaches students to apply technology concepts, critical thinking and problem-solving methodologies in financial contexts. 

This partnership allows for Swinburne students to participate in a 12-month paid professional placement at Bendigo Bank. These placements provide valuable industry experience for the students as well as fresh insights and perspectives for the bank staff. Our first placement student was hired for a full-time position, Communications and Engagement Manager, at the completion of their placement. 

Find out more about placements

Bendigo Bank regularly hosts panel discussions and seminars to help educate Swinburne staff and students on financial topics such as home loans and property prices. 

  • "Our strategic partnership with Swinburne is part of the continuing evolution of the Bendigo Community Bank model and represents a further opportunity to build on our partnerships and share value by feeding into the prosperity of the tertiary education sector."

    Marnie Baker , Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Managing Director

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Have any questions?

If you’d like to know more about this partnership or are looking to collaborate with Swinburne as an industry partner, please fill out our enquiry form.

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