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Disability And Death Benefits Made Available To Police

09 October 2023

Victoria’s hardworking police, Protective Services Officers (PSOs) and their families will have better financial protection and peace of mind should anything tragic happen thanks to support from the Allan Labor Government.

Minister for Police Anthony Carbines today announced the establishment of the $15 million Death and Disability Contingency Fund, which delivers on a 2018 pledge from the Labor Government recognising the critical role of police to keep Victorians safe.

The Fund provides operational members aged between 55 and 59 with access to a lump-sum payment if they sustain a total and permanent disability. The lump sum will be calculated based on the member’s age and final average salary -decreasing with age.

If an eligible member passes away before they reach the maximum benefits available under the current Emergency Services Defined Benefit, then their estate will be eligible to make a claim on the contingency fund.

The Fund ensures our longest serving police officers are not financially disadvantaged compared to their younger peers in the event of a tragic accident. It will also ensure that our hardworking police officers receive comparable benefits to other emergency service workers.

The fund will be administered by the Department of Justice and Community Safety, which will work with Emergency Services and State Super (ESSSuper) and Victoria Police to provide a streamlined process to claimants.

The Government has worked closely with The Police Association of Victoria, Victoria Police and ESSSuper to develop the contingency fund payment structure and service model.

The fund will start taking applications immediately. For more information visit justice.vic.gov.auExternal Link .

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Anthony Carbines

“Police go above and beyond to protect the community and save lives – it’s only right that we make sure they and their loved ones are supported in the event of their death or total and permanent disability.”

“This will ensure all hardworking members and their families have greater peace of mind that they are financially supported if anything tragic should happen to them.”

Quotes attributable to The Police Association of Victoria Secretary Wayne Gatt

“This scheme offers crucial reassurance and security for our members aged between 55 and 60. It gives them peace of mind that if something should happen to them while serving the community in the course of the difficult and dangerous work they perform, that they and their family will have financial support.

“This has long been a pressing concern for our members and The Police Association commends the Government for listening and acting on this issue.”

Reviewed 09 October 2023

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