Breast cancer treatment can have an impact on the way you run your business. You may need to re-organise your business activities and workload or seek assistance for a short period.
During treatment the financial pressure was high. I cut my wage to half for two months to ensure my household and business would survive. I returned to work slowly as I felt able. I have now returned full-time.
Seek financial advice
The first step is to make sure you have as much money coming in as possible.
To ensure you are making the best decision for your circumstance, seek financial advice from an appropriate expert.
You may consider closing or selling your business. However, before you do, it is important to be aware of the financial implications on any financial support you are receiving or entitled to from both Centrelink and your superannuation insurance.
- BCNA's Managing work, finances and breast cancer fact sheet for more information about work and finances.
- Seek support from your family and friends.
- Contact your hospital social worker or breast care nurse to discuss your eligibility for financial and practical assistance.
- Visit the Department of Human Services website or call 13 17 94 to speak with a social worker.
- Visit the Contact Financial Counselling Australia website, for free, independent and confidential financial counselling to people in financial difficult.
- If you are having problems with debt, contact the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 or visit the National Debt Helpline website.
- If you are having trouble paying your tax, visit the financial hardship section on the Australian Tax Office website.
- To help manage your finances visit the ASIC MoneySmart website.
- Cancer Council's pro bono services may be able to assist you. You can find out more about this service by calling 13 11 20 or visiting the Cancer Council website.
- For free over the phone legal advice and free means and merit tested legal assistance and representation visit the Legal Aid website.
- For free financial counselling for those living in rural areas visit the Rural Financial Counselling Service website.