WorkWelfareWills fills an important gap for people with chronic illness. Through their client services work, member organisations of the Chronic Illness Alliance found that many clients, too sick to work, were missing out on superannuation payments and other insurance and social security entitlements right at the very time that they needed them most, simply because no one had told them about their entitlements.
It began with a free legal superannuation and insurance advice service. Over the years, hundreds of people with a chronic illness benefited from the help and advice they received. The Alliance recognised that many more people in the community needed information, and a web page was the most affordable and effective way to reach the broader community while still providing a resource to our member organisations.
Funding was sought from the Victoria Law Foundation and since then many individuals and organisations have contributed their skills and the Alliance would like to acknowledge and thank them all.
Thank you to the Victoria Law Foundation for its generous support and grant to create the site, and to the Department of Human Services (Victoria) for their very valuable grant to develop and maintain the site over the coming year.
Pro bono legal support
Thank you firstly to John Berrill and Maurice Blackburn whose support made this site possible and to the Public Interest Law Clearing House which is now Justice Connect and Tabitha Lovett for their support and pro bono referrals. Thank you also to Anne Moon formerly of Baker & McKenzie, and Paul Radlow and State Trustees for their very valuable contributions.
Thank you to Dale Nelson formerly of Welfare Rights Unit now Social Security Rights Network for the preparation of the Centrelink material.
Thank you to the following members of the steering committee, past and present, for their guidance, support and commitment:
John Berrill, Maurice Blackburn
Joanna Betteridge, Joanna Betteridge Consulting
Alan Blackwood, MS Society of Victoria and New South Wales
Neil Blenkiron, Community Representative
Maree Kearton, Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria
Angela McAvoy, Australian Crohn’s & Colitis Association
Brendon Moss, Epilepsy Foundation Victoria
Jo-Anne Tamlyn, Chronic Illness Alliance
And finally thanks to:
Laurence Carter, Dogsbody Publishing for WorkWelfareWills’ design and construction and, Ros Wood, whose editing skills produced wonderful plain English documents.