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Claims may be made by completing the AUSPOL - Police Welfare Foundation application form.
It is in the interest of applicants to discuss claims with a member of the Benefits Assignment Committee before completing the application form. Preference is given to dealing direct with the potential beneficiary rather than an agent.
What information is required, and how are claims assessed?
Each claim will be considered on its merits. Factors that may be taken into account include the circumstances that have created the necessity, other avenues of help and support available, and other avenues of support and help that are actively being sought, for example, Centrelink, welfare organisations such as The Smith Family etc. and the length of time that assistance will be needed. Factors such as relative financial need, the availability of other forms of assistance and the nature of the emergency will be taken into account.
Where there is more than one urgent need, the applicant must provide a list in priority order that indicates which need is most urgent in terms of the assistance requested.
It is important for all relevant information to be provided when the claim for assistance is lodged. Incomplete or misleading information will lead to delays in decision making.
Additional information such as letters from welfare authorities should be provided if relevant to the claim. All information will be treated confidentially.
This information is required to enable AUSPOL - Police Welfare Foundation to ensure that all claims (current and future) are given equal consideration and to enable AUSPOL - Police Welfare Foundation to meet its statutory obligations.
Each case will be considered on its merits and preliminary inquiries are encouraged. Even if financial need or eligibility is not established, advice can be given on other sources of help or courses of action.
When will the results of application be notified?
All applications will be acknowledged on receipt. For urgent requests, there is provision for the Benefits Assignment Committee to call an emergency meeting. Assistance will be granted where the majority of the Benefits Assignment committee support the application.
Applicants will be contacted by telephone within 48 hours of the decision. At that time an appointment will be made with AUSPOL - Police Welfare Foundation to arrange receipt of the benefit.
What if an application is rejected?
A decision may be deferred, pending receipt of additional information, or rejected. If an application is rejected, an appeal in writing may be lodged within seven days of receiving notification. The full Benefits Assignment Committee will consider all appeals within 14 days of receipt, and decisions following reconsideration will be final.
Who is on the Benefits Assignment Committee?
Applications for assistance are considered by the Benefits Assignment Committee. The Benefits Assignment Committee comprises two directors of the Australian Law and Justice Association Limited (ALAJA), who chairs the Committee and one community representative who is connected to ALAJA. In 2006, the members of the Benefits Assignment Committee are the Chair Jim Torr (AFP Federal Agent, currently seconded to the AFPA), Jason Parkinson LL.B (formally a detective in the NSW Police for 12 years, and now a lawyer with a substantial criminal, litigation and personal injury practice), and Mrs Vesna Trajanoska (Director of Administration AFPA).
The information above, and application for assistance is available in PDF format to download at the bottom of this page.