Athena Cains

Principal  |  Commonwealth Government

(02) 6185 7703

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Strategic in thinking and principled in behaviour, Athena is a risk-aware lawyer who uses her experience to provide a successful outcome for her clients.

Athena is a Principal in the firm's Insurance team. With over 12 years of experience working with and advising the Australian Government, Athena has a deep knowledge of the operational and legislative framework within the Australian Public Service. She can assist with the management of employees and the various challenges that arise in the course of their employment. She has a particular interest in ill and injured employees and provides practical solutions for their management.

Athena works in collaboration with clients to understand their needs and provides timely and solutions-driven legal assistance. She is committed to the continual improvement of HR services in the Commonwealth. She conducts regular workshops and seminars on managing workers' compensation claims to achieve beneficial outcomes, presenting to other forums on various government law issues.

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Qualifications

Bachelor Of Applied Science, Queensland University Of Technology
Bachelor Of Laws, Queensland University Of Technology
Graduate Diploma Of Legal Practice, Australian National University

Community Involvement

Member, ACT Law Society Government Law Committee
Member, Law Council Of
Australia Commonwealth Compensation And Employment Law Committee

Athena cains' experience

Athena’s work in acting for government bodies regularly sees her appearing before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Fair Work Commission, Human Rights Commission and Federal Court of Australia. She provides advice and conducts dispute resolution for various claims, including dismissals, general protections, discrimination, workers’ compensation and public liability claims. Athena’s expertise in her services for her clients enables him/her to achieve results with integrity and respect across all divisions of administrative and employment law litigation.

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Athena CainsINSIGHTS

The SRC Report: Part 1 Rehabilitation Series: Decision Making Under s36 and 37

April 20, 2021

Administrative Law and Governance, Commonwealth Compensation

The SRC Report: How an Early Intervention Policy Can Be the Key to Employee Recovery

February 18, 2020

Commonwealth Workers' Compensation, CTP Insurance

Administrative Appeals Tribunal Confirms 600 Counselling Sessions Is Too Many
Full Federal Court Confirms That Self-Insureds Cannot Contract Out of SRC Act
Top 5 Questions For HR In A MoG (Machinery of Government Change)

April 18, 2018

Employment and Industrial Relations

6 Mistakes to Avoid When You Quit Your Job

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