The Cancer Council Pro Bono Program supports cancer patients, carers and bereaved carers with advice around legal issues and financial planning.
The program connects people affected by cancer with a professional, lawyer or financial planner, who volunteers their time.
The Cancer Council Pro Bono Program can help cancer patients, carers and bereaved carers with advice on the following:
- wills, power of attorney and enduring guardianship
- superannuation and insurance disputes
- employment law and discrimination
- credit and debt matters
- Centrelink disputes
- accessing superannuation and insurance
- advice in relation to debt management
- eligibility and accessing Centrelink payments
- transitioning to retirement and managing lump sum payments
The service is means-tested and is free for people who cannot afford the cost of advice. Clients will be asked about their employment status, household income, Centrelink payments, assets and debts.
If a client is not eligible or requires assistance outside the scope of the program, they will be contacted and provided details of a volunteer professional who can assist on a paid basis or another free service.
The program cannot help with:
- criminal law matters
- family law, e.g. divorce and separation, custody or property settlements
- property issues
- estate administration
- bankruptcy and taxation issues medical negligence and workers compensation
- Advance Health Care Directives
- Health professionals can access a referral form here.
- Send the referral form directly to Cancer Council Pro Bono Programs by fax on (02) 8302 3520 or email to email@example.com
- If the referral is urgent, call 1300 856 199.
- Clients can self-refer by calling Cancer Council on 13 11 20.