Legal, Financial and Workplace Referral Services

Cancer Council Queensland offers a Pro Bono Program to help people affected by cancer who need legal, financial or workplace advice. We assist by connecting clients with a professional who volunteers their time. Professionals include lawyers, financial planners, small business accountants and human resources professionals. The service is means tested, and is free for people who cannot afford the cost of advice.

Download ‘Legal, Financial or Work Issue?’ (Pro Bono Program) Brochure


What referral services are available?

The program offers four services: legal referrals, financial planning referrals, workplace advisory services and small business advice. These are explained further below.

Having cancer can raise numerous legal issues that can be challenging and expensive to manage. We can connect you to free legal advice and assistance on a range of legal matters.*

Legal assistance is available to patients, as well as carers and bereaved carers, where the legal issues are related to the patient’s cancer.

This services focuses on:

  • End-of-life legal matters, including wills, powers of attorney and making parenting arrangements for terminally ill clients with children
  • Legal matters relating to financial hardship, including early access to superannuation, insurance claims and disputes, mortgage hardship and other credit and debt issues
  • Employment issues and other disputes, including discrimination and tenancy matters.

Financial planning

Loss of wages and other mounting costs such as treatment, childcare and accommodation leave many patients in need of immediate funds after a cancer diagnosis.

If you or someone in your family has cancer and you need financial advice, we can connect you with a financial planner in your area at no cost.

This service can assist with:

  • Centrelink payments
  • superannuation
  • insurance
  • debt management
  • budgeting
  • restructuring income and assets
  • estate planning
  • transition-to-retirement strategies.

Workplace advisory

This program can help you to:

  • Manage workplace issues before, during and after treatment, including disclosing a diagnosis, managing expectations, coping with side effects at work, taking leave and managing discrimination, bullying and harassment
  • Transition back into the workplace after a period off work for treatment, including reviewing CVs, role-playing interviews and connecting with recruitment services

Small business advice

We provide patients and carers with access to free assistance to manage their small business after a cancer diagnosis. Qualified accountants can advise on tax issues, appointing a caretaker, business debts, sale of a business and assets, and other issues.

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Referral to the program is through a social worker. For further information regarding your eligibility or access to the program please call Cancer Council on 13 11 20.

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