Who are Cancer Council Australia?
Cancer Council Australia work across every area of every cancer, from research to prevention and support. They “help people from the point of diagnosis through to treatment and survivorship”.
Cancer Council Australia is a national organisation that work to support State and Territory Cancer Council members.
They are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 91130793725.
Note: This is an evaluation of Cancer Council Australia only. All donations to Cancer Council Australia are redistributed to state/ territory members. If you would like to see an evaluation of individual State or Territory members, please contact us.
Why do they exist?
Cancer Council Australia report that an estimated 138,000 Australians were diagnosed with cancer in 2018. They state that by 2040 it is predicted that almost 1.9 million Australians will have a personal history of cancer.
They have vision of a cancer free future. Their purpose is to be “Australia’s leading cancer charity, uniting the community, providing support, investing in research and saving lives."
What do they do?
Cancer Council Australia undertake a wide range of activities related to cancer prevention, detection and treatment:
Prevention: develop programs that encourage and empower people to lead healthier lifestyles to help reduce their cancer risk.
Support: provide a range of services to support anyone affected by cancer.
Research: provide cancer research funding.
Advocacy: work with the community to change laws and policies to reduce cancer risks and improve cancer care.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to Cancer Council Australia?
We believe it is likely that your donation to Cancer Council Australia will be used as stated, that is, to be Australia’s leading cancer charity, uniting the community, providing support, investing in research and saving lives.
We believe that Cancer Council Australia is likely to be trustworthy. It is clear who they are run by and how donations are used. They present an audited financial report and describe how funds are used. It is clear who is in charge. They take steps to prevent the misuse of funds.
We also believe that Cancer Council Australia is likely to be effective. It is clear what the charity does and the benefits it delivers. They present overarching strategic objectives broken into clear priority work areas. They show the activities that they have delivered in the last financial year and present results. Finally, they demonstrate the long-term impact of their initiatives.
However, in order for us to have complete confidence that Cancer Council Australia are using money for its intended purpose, we recommend they:
describe how the board monitors the operational performance of the charity
disclose the value of funding distributed to State members
describe their approach to evaluating the effectiveness of their programs/services.
Want to know more?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of Cancer Council Australia and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and whether there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also examines whether the charity can demonstrate that they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendations for potential donors and the reasoning behind them.
Download our complete evaluation of Cancer Council Australia below to find out if they're the charity for you.
Find out whether Cancer Council Australia is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on the findings of our analysis.
 Cancer Council Australia Annual Report '1718