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What to do if your job is made redundant.

Being retrenched from your job can be hard to accept. It is the sudden shock that catches most people but try not to take it personally. Redundancy is usually not about your personal performance; it’s the performance of your employer’s business, the industry sector in which you work, or even the global economy.
Dealing with the key considerations below can help you take back control of your life and career.
Take control
  • Redundancy payment: Genuine redundancy payments are given special tax treatment, including a tax-free amount related to years of service. Your lump sum payment might be your last pay packet for a while, so draw up a budget. This will help you identify areas where you can economise until you find a new job. Your financial adviser can help you work out the best use for any lump sum you receive.
  • MortgageIf you have a home loan, contact your lender immediately. You may be able to adjust payments while you are out of the workforce.
  • CentrelinkYou may be eligible for income support from Centrelink. Be aware that waiting periods and income and asset tests apply, so contact Centrelink as soon as possible. Go to www.humanservices.gov.au for details.
  • Superannuation and insuranceDepending on your fund you may need to rollover your superannuation benefit. You may also need to replace any insurance cover you had with your employer or your previous super fund. Your adviser can guide you on these matters; firstly, contact your super fund to check your insurance details.
  • New job or new career: Redundancy is usually an unwanted challenge, but many people take the opportunity to make the move to a completely new career. This may involve a period of re-training for which government assistance may be available. It is possible to come out of your redundancy experience with the chance of an exciting future.
  • Other support: Some companies offer outplacement assistance to former employees. Apart from helping you update your CV, find a new job or transition to a new career, outplacement companies can also provide support in dealing with the emotional consequences of retrenchment. If outplacement services are available, always take advantage of them.
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