Legal issues and ME/CFS

This section contains references to brief articles on legal issues and ME/CFS.

Many people with a disability experience discrimination because of their disability. Disability discrimination is unlawful under the state and federal laws of Australia. If you experience discrimination, the law may be able to help you. See this booklet on Using Disability Discrimination Law for more information.

The law is changing all the time. To check for changes on disability discrimination law, see the Legal Aid website for information.

The Superannuation Complaints Tribunal deals with complaints relating to decisions and conduct of trustees, insurers, and other decision-makers in relation to regulated superannuation funds, approved deposit funds, annuities, life policy funds and Retirement Savings Accounts.

The Insurance Ombudsman Service (IOS) assists in resolving disputes between consumers and participating companies. The service is free.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers are able to provide legal assistance for people with ME/CFS.

Superannuation and Insurance Fact Sheet for people with ME/CFS, July 2012.

WorkWelfareWills is a plain English web guide developed by the Chronic Illness Alliance to legal issues around health and life changes. It was produced for use in Victoria only as some of the laws will be different in other states of Australia.

Victorian Legal Aid and the Office of the Public Advocate have produced a booklet entitled 'Securing their future: For parents of children with a decision-making disability'. The booklet covers making enduring powers of attorney; applying for a guardian and administrator; and making a will and planning your estate.

Legal Aid have produced the following booklet: Patients Rights: Self help guide to the Victorian Mental Health Act 2007.

The Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) is a leading Victorian, not-for-profit organisation which is committed to furthering the public interest, improving access to justice and protecting human rights. PILCH does this by facilitating the provision of pro bono legal services and undertaking law reform, policy work and legal education.

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is an independent, non-profit legal and policy centre. PIAC makes strategic interventions in public interest matters to foster a fair, just and democratic society and to empower citizens, consumers and communities.

News Items

Pro Health, June 6 2012 'Spate of disability and job descrimination wins for ME/CFS and'fibromyalgia patients (USA)'