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Happy International Women's Day

March 08, 2019

This year's IWD global theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.

Many Protect women members are today’s trailblazers, working in traditionally male dominated industries, breaking down the barriers of gendered jobs.

If that sounds like you, email us at hello@protect.net.au so we can feature your profile in our newsletter. Participants will go in the draw to win a $200 voucher of your choice.


Check your mail!

February 01, 2019

Protect worker members will receive their 6-monthly statement in the mail over the coming days along with our newsletter ‘The Buzz’.

This edition features updates from our associated unions and sponsors, several member profiles and explores the growth of Protect across the Victorian firefighter industry. It’s a top read!

We’d love to hear about your experience with Protect.

Have you claimed against a severance account or had to access income protection?
Tell us your story via hello@protect.net.au


Protect publishes annual report

January 14, 2019


Available online under News & Publications, the Protect 2017-2018 Annual Report shares a detailed overview of Protect including our values and purpose, member services, governance, key indicators of success and our contribution to the wider community.

We are proud of the achievements over the last year and are pleased to provide operational transparency to members and non-members. We hope you enjoy the read.

Welcome UFU members

October 22, 2018


Protect is currently supported as a fund of choice by unions including the ETU, AMWU, MUA and now the UFU. We welcome Victorian firefighters who are now eligible for Protect's superior income protection insurance.

Your coverage will commence once your authorisation form is completed and returned. If you have any questions about initiating your income protection please speak to your union or one of our Field Team and congratulations on joining over 30,000 Australian workers who entrust their financial security with Protect.

PROTECT FIELD TEAM

Gary Robb | 0458 602 155
Craig Johnston | 0400 671 274
Brett Buckingham | 0448 027 200
Glenn Janes | 0419 556 571
Joyce Hadjiantoni | 0458 028 326

Stay tax savvy

September 04, 2018


Workers are offered the choice of two severance accounts. The default is our Termination Account which allows you to claim payment in a wider range of circumstances however the Genuine Redundancy Account provides for tax-free redundancy payments to workers, with higher claim limits.

For example, the Genuine Redundancy Account's tax free threshold for 2018/2019 is:
$10,399 for the initial year and $5,200 for each subsequent full year of service with your employer.

Knowing the different tax implications will help you determine the right account for you. Learn more at the Worker Area of our website.


Forgot your password?

July 30, 2018


If you have previously registered for online access but have forgotten your password, you can now reset your password online at anytime.

Simply click the "Forgot your password?" link on the workers login page. All you need is your Protect member number and your Protect registered email address.

This service is only available for Protect members who have already registered for online access. If you haven't registered as yet, please call the Protect Member Services team on 1300 344 249 for assistance.

Your password will allow you to access your account both online and via the Protect App. The new Protect App is available from both the Apple and Google stores and can be found by searching for 'Protect Severance'.



2000+ workers now enjoying the all new Protect App

March 21, 2018


It is only five months since Protect launched its new APP and in that time over 2000 worker members have downloaded and used this fantastic service.

The feedback about the App's functionality and ease of use has been extremely positive with members loving the ability to see if their contributions are up to date by simply accessing these details on their mobile device. Being able to lodge an initial claim via the App has been a real winner with those members who have needed to make a claim.

We have also had some very constructive feedback about what the App could do better and later in the year we will provide a new release to include this enhanced functionality.

The App is available from both the Apple and Google stores and can be found by simply searching for 'Protect Severance'. I you are already registered for our online Web services you can easily login using your member number and your current password.

If you have not yet registered for online services or you have forgotten your password, you can contact our member services staff on 1300 344 249 to register and have a password sent to your Protect registered email address.



Protect App now available

September 26, 2017


Protect is pleased to announce that we have completed all our testing and our new App is now available in the App stores.

The Protect App gives you access to:
• Check your balance online
• Lodge an initial claim if eligible
• Check your claims history
• Check if your contributions are up to date
• Update your details
• Change your password

You can download our App by entering ‘Protect Severance’ in the search section in the Apple or Google Play stores.

We would appreciate if you would also take the time to rate the App in the App Stores. This provides us with valuable feedback so we can look at ways to improve this service for you and our other members.



Protect Counselling now Provided by Hunterlink

September 05, 2017


We are pleased to advise that Protect has partnered with Hunterlink as our new Protect Counselling provider.

Hunterlink is a national and not-for-profit organisation experienced in providing support to the industry and various organisations throughout Australia. They operate a national 24/7 helpline and Employee Assistance Programs.

Protect Counselling, provided by Hunterlink is a free support program - independent of Protect, providing you and your immediate family members access to qualified professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - Australia-wide.

Please call 1300 725 881 (free call) if you need to speak to a trained, professional counsellor.

For more information about Protect's free counselling services you can also access the counselling portal through our website - http://www.protect.net.au/Counselling



Establishment of Protect Severance Scheme No 2

June 09, 2017


From 1 July 2017, Protect will undergo a restructure which will see the introduction of a new approved worker entitlement fund, Protect Severance Scheme No 2 Pty Ltd as trustee for Protect Severance Scheme No 2 (Protect No 2). The new fund rules will be the same as Protect’s existing fund, Elecnet (Aust) Pty Ltd as trustee for Protect Severance Scheme (Protect No1), operated and managed by the existing Board of Directors, and have the same sponsors, employer and union representatives.

In order to avoid financial jargon, we wanted to keep the message clear and simple for our members – while the ABN may change, Protect members can be assured that this will not impact your entitlements; you will still have one Protect account with one statement and one account balance.

All new members who join Protect from the 1st July onward will come under Protect No 2 and all employer contributions after this date will be to Protect No 2.
When the time comes for members to lodge a claim, the payout will be a combined from both Protect No 1 and Protect No 2.

In case of any questions on this, please call Protect on 1300 344 249.