Cancer Council Australia

Annual Review 2016-2017

Our history and structure

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Cancer Council Australia was formed in 1961 as the Australian Cancer Society, when six state cancer organisations agreed to establish a federal body to promote cancer control at the national level. Cancer organisations in the ACT and the Northern Territory evolved later and joined the Society.

Over the past 56 years, Cancer Council Australia has transformed from a small secretariat to a strong federal body that has become Australia’s peak independent authority on cancer control. While the state and territory Cancer Councils continued to deliver most of the research, support and education programs, the federal body’s primary role was to develop independent national cancer control policy. In 1997 the member bodies agreed to expand the Society, appointing an expert Chief Executive Officer and specialist staff to build the profile of the organisation and its role in national cancer control policy. It was renamed Cancer Council Australia. By 2007, the national and state and territory member organisations had uniformly adopted the name Cancer Council as well as the daffodil, a global symbol of hope, as our common logo.

Cancer Council Australia is a member-based, community organisation and receives no recurrent government funding. Subscriptions from our members (Cancer Councils in each state and territory) cover the cost of our operational activities. The income we generate from fundraising events, donations, corporate support and the licensed use of our brand on sun protection products is returned to our members each quarter and contributes to funding their education, research and patient support programs.

Cancer Council Australia continues to represent the national interests of our members and helps facilitate sharing and collaboration to achieve our vision of a cancer-free future. 

This annual review reports the work of Cancer Council Australia and also presents some highlights of efforts across Cancer Councils working in each state and territory in the areas of prevention, research, advocacy and supportive care.


This page was last updated on: Thursday, December 21, 2017