Dealing with cancer can present significant financial and sometimes legal challenges. Often even knowing where to seek information and support can be difficult. The Pro Bono Referral Service is available free of charge to eligible clients to help navigate through the maze of options available.
For more information please see below or you can download the Legal, financial or work issue? DL (available from our Publications page).
- Legal assistance
- Financial planning
- Cancer and the workplace
- Workplace Advisory Service
- Small Business Advisory Service (Self-employment)
- How does it work?
- Who can we help?
- How much does it cost?
- More information
- Can you help us?
Qualified lawyers from the Legal Referral Service can help you with
- Drafting your will
- Appointing a power of attorney
- Early access to superannuation
- Credit and debt issues
- Mortgage hardship
- Insurance claims and disputes
- Employment and discrimination issues
- Tenancy disputes
Qualified financial planners from the Financial Planning Referral Service can help you with
- Applying for Centrelink benefits
- Planning for retirement
- Superannuation and insurance
- Debt management
Cancer Council WA had developed a series of 6 workplace fact sheets to assist managers and human resource professionals to provide a supportive and fair work environment. These fact sheets provide information about cancer, treatment and side effects, and outline practical suggestions for workplaces.
- Cancer: an overview
- Cancer myths and facts
- Creating cancer-friendly workplaces
- Supporting a collegue with cancer
- Talking to your employee about cancer
- Managing the effects of treatment
This service links patients and carers with specialist human resources and recruitment professionals, who provide advice and support on workplace issues before and during treatment.
This free program can help you to:
- Manage workplace issues before, during and after treatment
• Disclosing a diagnosis
• Managing expectations
• Coping with side effects at work
• Taking leave
• Managing discrimination, bullying and harassment
- Transition back into the workforce after a period off work for treatment
• Reviewing CVs
• Role-playing interviews
• Connecting with recruitment services
Self-employed people are often the hardest hit financially by a cancer diagnosis. In addition to difficulties accessing Centrelink, they often have limited or no superannuation, are under-insured, and are unlikely to have access to sick leave or equivalent payments.
Cancer Council WA refers to a pro bono program supporting small business owners and self-employed people affected by cancer, called the Small Business Advisory Service.
This service aims to provide free accounting assistance and small business advice for people affected by cancer. Accountants assist with everything from bookkeeping and Business Activity Statement (BAS) lodgement, to the management of business debts, appointing a temporary caretaker during treatment, and also longer-term succession planning.
For more information on Self-employment and Cancer, please see our Small Business Advisory Service page or call 13 11 20 and select 'speak to a nurse'.
Cancer Council 13 11 20 will send a referral to the Pro Bono legal and financial service who will put you in contact with a lawyer. You may visit them at their office, or if you are very unwell they may be able to visit you at hospital or home. If you speak a language other than English we can arrange an interpreter for you.
Anyone affected by cancer who is a resident of Australia can apply. We will do our best to help you but we may not always be able to assist. You must pass a means test in order to qualify for free assistance. If you do not satisfy the means test you can still choose to have paid assistance. Your social worker or Cancer Council 13 11 20 can help you find out if you are eligible and will let you know if there are services in your area.
For eligible clients, legal, financial planning and workplace assistance is provided at no cost. If you do not satisfy the means test, you can still choose to have paid assistance.
You may wish to download the following fact sheets, which provide information about common legal and financial issues.
- Superannuation and cancer (pdf, 303 kb)
- Dealing with debts (pdf, 344 kb)
- Help with bills (pdf, 344 kb)
- What happens to debts after death (pdf, 349 kb)
- Getting your affairs in order (pdf, 359 kb)
- Your role as executor (pdf, 393 kb)
- Employment and cancer (pdf, 379 kb)
- Compensation and work-related cancers (pdf, 399 kb)
- New insurance policies (pdf, 389 kb)
- Immigration and cancer (pdf 393 kb)
If you are a lawyer or financial planner and you would like to be part of the program please contact the National Pro Bono Case Manager, Sarah Penman on 1300 932 117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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