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Tax free threshold rises

July 12, 2019

Every year the ATO sets a base limit for tax free payments from genuine redundancy accounts.

From 1 July this figure increased to:
$10,638 for the initial year, and
$5,320 for each full year of service with your employer.

This makes for significant savings for Protect members. Since, 2003, when we introduced our second severance account type - the GRA or Genuine Redundancy Account, we estimate to have provided our members with tax savings in excess of $75 million.


Your statement is in the mail

July 10, 2019

Protect worker and employer members will receive statements in the mail over the coming days along with our newsletter ‘The Buzz’.

This edition features information about version two of the Protect App, a spotlight on the two different Protect severance accounts, updates from members, our associated unions and sponsors. Make sure you check it out.

We’re always looking for member feedback for use in our publications, share your experience with us via hello@protect.net.au


Firefighters Ambulance Cover

June 03, 2019

Workers who join Protect under the Firefighters Injury & Illness Cover receive an Ambulance Victoria Family Membership. So how does that work for existing members of Ambulance Victoria?

Existing should maintain your cover and renew a 12-month subscription before expiry.

Send your receipt together with your banking details to ATC via ufuforms@atcis.com.au and they will arrange for reimbursement. At that time you will also be reimbursed for the period of cover you paid for since signing with Protect.

If you currently have a 3 or 5 year membership, or have any further queries, please contact a Protect Field Team Officer for assistance on 1300 344 249.



Online access for Protect CFA members

May 20, 2019

Automated messages enabling online and App access for our CFA members have begun rolling out, so please look for a text message and an email from us with your log in details.

The 'Protect Services' App is available for download at both Google Play and The App Store. Online access is reached through a secure section of our website. Find the 'worker login' on our home page www.protect.net.au

Online access enables those with income protection coverage such as our CFA members, to:

- check that employer payments are up to date
- update your contact details

Protect members with a severance account can also check on their account balance, employer contributions and lodge a claim.

If you're a Protect member and would like online access to your account please give us a call on 1300 344 249 and we'll set you up.


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'.