Benefits & entitlements

ProBono Financial Advice Network


Managing Finances - When you're receiving the part pension

Are you receiving the part pension? Do you want to know more about the options available for you? This webinar is presented by Nicola Beswick, a Certified Financial Planner®. Nicola will discuss some of the options a financial planner could implement and explore the strategies available for a person receiving the part pension.(Recorded 10 December 2020)

Handouts: Managing Finances - When you're receiving the part pension

Know your Rights - JobKeeper, JobSeeker and DSP

COVID-19 is having an ongoing impact on work rights, employment and entitlements. From September 2020, eligibility for the JobKeeper will change and Jobseeker fortnight payments will be reduced, so accessing Disability Support Pension (DPS) might be on your radar. John Berrill, partner at Berrill Watson Law firm, offered to run a pro-bono session with us to discuss the changes in JobKeeper and Jobseeker payments and eligibility requirements for DSP. (Recorded 18 September 2020)

Handouts: Know your Rights - JobKeeper, JobSeeker and DSP

Managing your Finances - When you're young and unable to work

Presented by Nicola Beswick, a Certified Financial Planner® at GFM Wealth Advisory. In this webinar, Nicola will look at the scenario of a young person in their 20s or 30s who has recently left the workforce due to their MS. Nicola will discuss their options for income and other strategies should they consider? (Recorded 17 September 2020)

Handouts: Managing your Finances - When you're young and unable to work

Managing your Finances - Mortgages, changes in income and savings

Presented by Nicola Beswick, a Certified Financial Planner® at GFM Wealth Advisory, this webinar will look at the impact of a reduced income on a family of four. In this scenario, Nicola will look at managing your finances when you’re unable to work and your carer/partner has their hours reduced. We explore the situation of the couple with a decline in their savings, tackling a mortgage whilst raising two teenage children. (Recorded 9 June 2020)

Handouts: Managing your Finances - Mortgages, changes in income and savings

Superannuation & Employment during the COVID-19 Pandemic - You Can Ask That!

With the impact of COVID-19, we have seen the rapid introduction of the JobKeeper Scheme, adjustments to the Fair Work Act, new provisions for early access to superannuation and more. These changes sometimes raise more questions than answers – who can access these schemes?; how will these changes impact my life now and into the future?; does JobKeeper impact someone working and on a Disability Support Pension? And the list goes on… Join the team at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers to co-host a webinar and clarify some of these questions, helping you understand how COVID-19 can impact your superannuation and employment. (Recorded 21 May 2020)


Financial Stability during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nicola Beswick, Senior Adviser at GFM Wealth Advisory will discuss some strategies to stay financially stable during these challenging times. Nicola will cover: what’s going on in the investment markets; what the Govt has done in terms of stimulus and benefits; what benefits exist and what you can consider as part of your plan. (Recorded 3 April 2020)

Handouts: Financial Stability during the COVID-19 Pandemic Info sheet: Understanding AP DSP CSCH LIHC Apr 2020 Info sheet: Early Access to Superannuation Apr 2020 Info sheet: Additional income suport payments Apr 2020

Understand your Superannuation

Learn more about the features of superannuation, what you’re entitled to and how to maximise your superannuation benefits. The following webinar is presented by John Berrill, Insurance and Superannuation lawyer from Berrill and Watson Lawyers. (Recorded February 2020)

Handouts: Understand your Superannuation

Superannuation and Disability Benefits

The following webinar is presented by Sarah Snowden, the Victorian State Practice Group Leader for Superannuation and Disability Insurance at Slater and Gordon Lawyers. (Recorded February 2019)

Handouts: Superannuation Disability Insurance Benefits for those living with Mutliple Sclerosis

Additional Resources

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers - Information sheet : Death & Terminal Illness Benefits
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers - Information sheet : Early Access to Super
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers - Understanding your Superannuation Handout 
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