Be prepared for your RETIREMENT

By Mark Kearney

TPAV is proud to stand alongside our policing community for the course of their careers in public service.

So it is a bittersweet moment when our valued members decide it’s time to hang up their uniforms for good.

But just because you are approaching retirement doesn’t mean you have to farewell TPAV too.

There are several ways you can stay connected with us in this next stage of your life.

Become an Outside Member

The best way of keeping in touch with the TPAV family is to become an Outside Member. For just $78 per year, Outside Members can continue taking advantage of our best member-only benefits.

That means you still have access to our portfolio of holiday homes across Australia. You can also continue to shop the suite of bargains on offer from some of our commercial partners.

We will also deliver you our bi-monthly TPAV Journal so you can stay up to date with the latest policing news.

Importantly, Outside Members can access our Member Assistance Program, which offers confidential counselling services around-the-clock, through LifeWorks, TPAV’s wellbeing partner (Phone: 1300 361 008).

You will also be eligible for a death benefit in the tragic event of your passing, or the death of your spouse, de facto partner or dependent child.

To be eligible for Outside Membership, you must be under the age of 65 and have been a TPAV member for more than 25 years.

But be quick: you need to sign up as an Outside Member within three months of your retirement.

If you would like to become an Outside member, phone our Member Support Centre on 03 9468 2600 or email [email protected]

Celebrating your contribution

A career in policing is something worth celebrating.

TPAV wants to share with retiring members our gratitude for your loyal membership and for your service to the Victorian community.

If you have served for more than 25 years, TPAV is honoured to present you with a gift of your choosing from our range of high-quality glassware,

serving-ware and homewares.

If you are having a retirement function and let us know the details, we can also organise to present this gift to you at the event.

These same members and their partners will be also invited to attend our annual Retired and Life Member Dinner.

Held each October, the function is always well-attended, with retiring members receiving a gift in acknowledgment of their service and attendance.

Eligible guests will receive an invitation by mail in the lead-up to the event.

Get involved with Police Veterans Services Victoria (PVSV)

We understand the toll a career in policing can take on your wellbeing, even after you’ve clocked off for the last time.

That’s why you should consider engaging and registering with Police Veterans Services Victoria Inc. (PVSV).

Peer Support

TPAV, together with Victoria Police and the Retired Police Association proudly and jointly support PVSV, a not-forprofit organisation that provides a peer support program to police / PSO veterans and their families through Veteran Peer Support Officers (VPSOs) who work as volunteers.

VPSOs are police veterans themselves and are available to provide confidential support and referral services to those that may be experiencing mental health issues.

The Veteran Benefit Card

PVSV also make available The Veteran Benefit Card to our Police and PSO veterans, which offer retired members concessions and discounts on a range of health and wellbeing related products from a number of big-name brands, including Chemist Warehouse.

To apply for your Veteran Benefit Card and to find out more about how you can access PVSV’s Peer Support services and how you can apply to become a VPSO, visit www.pvsv.org.au.

Workers compensation support

Retired members who suffered a physical or psychological injury while in the job can still pursue a WorkCover claim with the assistance of TPAV, potentially with the support of our workers compensation partners, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, depending on the circumstances of the case.

Maurice Blackburn free Will service

It is normal at moments of significant personal change to also check your financial and legal affairs are in order.

Retirement is one such opportunity to formalise these arrangements.

If you are a TPAV member who needs a will, law firm Maurice Blackburn will draft one for you and your partner, free  of charge (more complex Will Kits may incur a fee).

To obtain a Will, visit www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/createmywill where you will be prompted to enter your six-digit employee number, preceded by the letter ‘v’.

TPAV has a long history of partnering with Maurice Blackburn and we are thankful for their work to protect our members’ rights and interests.

Retired Police Association

The Retired Police Association of Victoria (RPA) enables police officers to maintain friendships made during their service.

Its quarterly gazette will let you know about the activities and movements of your former colleagues.

Membership of the RPA is open to any member who resigns or retires with a ‘clear and honourable discharge’ and who is of ‘good fame and character’.

To become a member, find out more or download an application form, visit www.rpavictoria.org

RSL Affiliate Membership

As a retiring TPAV member, you are eligible to join your local Returned and Services League (RSL) as an affiliate member.

RSL affiliate membership provides access to a range of benefits, including:

• welfare services including bereavement assistance, mental health support, home and hospital visitation

• social interaction and comradeship with like-minded people who have service experience

• Expert advice regarding aged care services and access to pension entitlement officers

Visit the RSL Victoria website at www.rslvic.com.au and then search, ‘affiliate membership’ obtain an application form.

Past and Present Women Police Association of Victoria

The Past and Present Police Women

Police Association (PPWPA) aims to promote friendship and support between serving and retired police women in Victoria.

PPWA coordinates social opportunities for its members as well as educational seminars about issues affecting women.

To become a member, visit www.police.vic.gov.au/past-and-present-women-police-association