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Protect Severance Fund Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

February 16, 2017

Protect has announced the departure in April of Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary, Alex McCallum. From his appointment in October 2009, Alex has brought a wealth of leadership, administrative, training and industrial experience to the company. He will be retiring from the workforce after 48 years, having first entered as an apprentice electrician in 1968.

“It has been a great privilege to lead Protect for the past 8 years, commencing in the tumultuous period that was the Global Financial Crisis” Alex said. Since then “the fund has grown, diversified and restructured its administration to become a highly professional organisation which operates nationally”.

Under Alex’s leadership, Protect has expanded from a secretariat of three to a team of 22 including in-house administration, operations support, finance, field staff and IT management. It is now the most dynamic redundancy fund in Australia.

Following Alex’s retirement, Protect will welcome new Chief Executive Officer, Michael Connolly. Michael joins Protect after almost 14 years in senior management with CoINVEST Limited as Company Secretary and Manager Corporate.

Having overseen governance, strategic planning and the IT needs at CoINVEST, Michael will carry Protect into its third phase of development, bringing new skills and vision to the organisation. Prior to CoINVEST, Michael has held roles in finance and strategy with one of Australia’s largest international food manufacturers as well as roles in the investment, management, consulting and accounting sectors.

“I’m really pleased to continue servicing a similar base, providing a valuable service to workers and employers” said Michael. “As a business trusted to manage industry funds, I’ll be focused on ensuring Protect’s governance approach is of the highest standard as well as taking a fresh look at how we can incrementally improve our services to our members”.

With his departure on 28 April imminent, Alex would like to acknowledge the staff at Protect for their important contribution to the success of the organisation over the past years and wishes the Sponsors, the Board, employers, workers and service providers well for the future.


For more information, please contact Alexandra Rutman or Catherine Parker at 3 Degrees Marketing:

p:+44 0 7955 824 247
p: 03 8416 5999

Online Severance Claims Now Available

October 17, 2016

We are excited to announce that all workers can now make an initial severance claim via your online account.

This function is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is the fastest way to access your funds.

Please login to your account as your first step in making your claim, and contact us if you have any difficulties or require any assistance.

Gold for the Steelers

October 18, 2016

Protect are thrilled to congratulate their employee and Australian Paralympic Rugby champion Ben Fawcett on his recent success in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.  The gold medalists known as the ‘Steelers’, celebrated their win in the final with a nail-biting double overtime thriller against the USA. The sweetest part – it’s the first time Australia has defeated their major rival in a major international competition.
After wins against Great Britain, Brazil, Canada and Japan in the lead up to the final, Ben finally tasted gold. This success has seen the Steelers become the first team in history to win consecutive Paralympic and World Championship titles in a four year period.
"It was a truly unbelievable experience. You work extremely hard individually and with your team mates to prepare as best as possible. But then nothing prepares you for a double overtime final in a stadium where you can't hear your team mate five metres away from you! And to finish it with gold... it's lucky I have the medal, photos, and the DVD, because otherwise you wouldn't believe me!"
Congratulations boys!

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Termination Account Initial Claim Limit Increase

October 01, 2016

Effective October 2016, the initial claim limit for Termination accounts has increased from $5,000 to $6,500. This new limit will also be reflected online.

You can lodge a claim by logging into your Protect account online. If you require login details to your account, please call the Protect contact centre on 1300 344 249.

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