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Athena Cains

Principal Employment Relations | Canberra
acains@mcw.com.au Download vCard

Athena is a Principal in our Insurance Industry Group.

Athena is a litigation lawyer with expert knowledge of workers’ compensation law under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and the ongoing management of employees under that Act. Athena has conducted matters in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, Supreme Courts, Federal Courts and the High Court.

With over 12 years’ 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. Athena has a particular interest in ill and injured employees and provides practical solutions on the management of them.

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

Athena's Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, ANU
  • Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

Athena's Expertise

  • Workers’ compensation
  • Employment law
  • Litigation
  • WHS Training

Athena's Leadership

  • Member, Government Law Committee
  • Member, Women Lawyers Association ACT
  • Member, ACT Law Society

Athena's recent publications

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  1. Normal Weekly Earnings – When should you allow an Allowance?

    17 Jan 2019

    Normal Weekly Earnings – When should you allow an Allowance? In determining an injured worker's normal weekly earnings under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth), licensees will often deal with the vexed issue of which...

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  2. I can’t remember what I told my doctor but I definitely said …

    11 Jun 2018

    What do you remember about your last visit to the doctor? Do you recall how long you were sitting in those cramped waiting room chairs, wedged between the crying five year old and the old man coughing in your ear every 25 seconds? What about once you got...

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  3. 6 Mistakes to Avoid When You Quit Your Job

    18 Apr 2018

    Leaving your job can be a minefield filled with questions and uncertainty, no matter what your reason/s for leaving may be or where you are in your career. You may ask yourself: Will it be worth it? Will you find something else? What happens if you hate...

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