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Legal Education Seminar for Social Workers: Superannuation and Insurance Disability Benefits

Event Details
Date: 23rd August 2017
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Venue: AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
State: VIC
CPD hrs: 2 hours

AASW Members $30

Non-Members $40

Organiser: AASW Victorian Branch & Slater and Gordon

Phone: 9320 1012

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The AASW in conjunction with Slater and Gordon Lawyers is pleased to present this workshop which will provide the information you need to better meet your clients' needs and improve your daily social work practice.

General information

This topic will increase social workers’ understanding of:

  • Superannuation TPD entitlements for both compensable and non-compensable chronic medical conditions or debility
  • Total and permanent disability insurance definitions
  • Common eligibility criteria to access Total and Permanent Disability Insurance
  • The application and legal process
  • Claiming income protection insurance Vs TPD
  • When and how to apply for death benefits.

Learning objectives

The Slater and Gordon Legal Education Program for Social Workers enables participants to address the knowledge gaps that they have. Social Work has become an increasingly complex practice and as social workers have the role of a ‘trusted advisor’ to their clients, it is vital they are providing them with accurate information when it comes to their legal rights and entitlements. It is also very important in this environment that social workers understand the law as it impacts on their daily practice.

The overall objectives of the program are:

  • to increase social workers’ knowledge, skills and confidence in recognising and identifying legal issues as part of the psychosocial assessment;
  • to enable social workers to provide some base level information to their clients regarding entitlements under the relevant scheme/s;
  • to understand practice implications of these issues;
  • to use knowledge gained to inform intervention plans;
  • to use knowledge to improve daily work practices;
  • to demystify the law, legal processes and lawyers.


Andrew Weinmann
National Practice Group Leader - Superannuation

Andrew runs Slater and Gordon’s Superannuation and Insurance practice in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Andrew works across Slater and Gordon offices in Footscray, Geelong and Melbourne. He represents people making claims for disability insurance benefits, including TPD and Income Protection benefits. During his 15 year career Andrew has appeared in courts and tribunals across Australia. Andrew takes a particular interest in complex insurance cases, including cases of alleged non-disclosure and insurance fraud, as well as new and unusual cases. He ran the first cases in Australia where an employer that did not pay compulsory 9% super contributions was sued for lost disability insurance benefits.

Tristan Nathanielsz
Associate Lawyer – Superannuation

Since joining the firm in 2010 Tristan has gained experience working across a large range of issues in superannuation and insurance law and has experience in dealing with some of Australia’s largest insurers. Tristan’s busy insurance practice at the Footscray office encompasses all types of disability insurance matters in courts around Australia.

Who should attend

This seminar is suitable for social workers working with people who have been injured or have an illness. The information presented will provide an introductory overview on each topic but also delve into the detail. There will also be an opportunity in the sessions to ask lawyers with expertise in their fields of practice specific questions, however, individual legal advice cannot be provided.


AASW Melbourne Office
Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

The AASW office is close to Flemington Road and near the Royal Women's and Royal Melbourne Hospitals.

Please note: Travel via public transport is recommended. The office is close to the CBD and a short walk from the Haymarket Walk/Elizabeth Street tram stop (trams 19 & 59) and the Grattan Street tram stop (trams 55 & 59). Parking in the area is generally on-street, metered parking and is limited. There are limited 2 hour free street parking spaces near-by in Courtney Street or metered 4 hour parking in Blackwood Street, Howard Street and surrounds.

There is also a parking facility at the VCCC building that offers safe car parking every day of the week from 6:00am to 9:00pm. Cost is $14 for 1-2 hours or $20. Visit for details.

There are facilities available outside the building to lock bikes.


AASW members: $30
Non members: $40

Includes afternoon tea and refreshments.


Please see details on the right of this page to register. 2 CPD hours.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers