Employment, financial and legal support

Cancer Council Pro Bono Program
Cancer Council ACT
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Cancer Council’s Pro Bono Program provides people affected by cancer with access to free legal, financial, workplace and small business advice if they cannot afford to pay for it.

The program connects people with professionals in the community who volunteer their time. These include lawyers, financial planners, small business accountants and human resources/recruitment specialists. They can assist with a range of issues such as drafting wills and powers of attorney, accessing superannuation, insurance claims, debt management and workplace issues.


Work After Cancer

A guide for people diagnosed with cancer, health care providers and employers to support work during and after a cancer diagnosis.


ACT Government Assistance

An ACT Government website that covers the range of assistance and advice people on low incomes may be eligible for and how to access it.

Can Assist
1300 226 277

Provides financial assistance to people affected by cancer from rural and regional NSW. Visit the website for contact details for your local branch.

Care Inc. Financial Counselling Service
Level 4, 219 London Circuit
Canberra City
1800 007 007

Provides financial counselling and information to people on moderate to low incomes who are experiencing financial difficulties.

Department of Human Services - Centrelink
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Search for Payment Finder to identify payments, allowances and pensions you may be eligible for. These may include: Bereavement Allowance; Carer Allowance; Carer Payment; Disability Support Pension; Newstart Allowance and/or Sickness Allowance

Department of Human Services – Financial Information Service
13 23 00

An education and information service to support the making of informed financial decisions.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
1800 555 254

Provides a range of financial and medical benefits for war veterans and their dependants.

External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program
Medicare Australia
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Provides reimbursement of up to $400 for both new and replacement external breast prostheses to all eligible women who have had breast surgery as a result of breast cancer.

Interstate Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (IPTAS)
ACT Health
02 5124 9082

Provides financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs to ACT residents who need to travel interstate for medical treatment.

Interstate Patient Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS)
NSW Government
1800 478 227

Provides financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs to NSW residents who need to travel lengthy distances for specialist medical treatment that is not available locally.

 Money Smart
1300 300 630

Provides financial tips and safety checks from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Mummy’s Wish

Provides practical and some financial support to Mums with cancer that are pregnant or have at least one child 12 years or under.

National Debt Helpline
1800 007 007

Provides a free telephone financial counselling service as well as tips and resources to assist people to find solutions to their debt problems.

Pancare Foundation
1300 881 698

Provides financial assistance to patients and carers to access specialist medical services for the treatment of pancreatic, liver, biliary, oesophageal and stomach cancer.

Red Kite
1800 733 548

Supports children and their families through cancer by providing emotional guidance, financial relief and educational services.

Rise Above
21 Cooma Street
02 6297 1261

Provides financial support and information to cancer patients in the ACT and Queanbeyan area.

St John’s Care
02 6248 7771

Provides emergency food and material aid.

St Vincent de Paul Society
02 6282 2722

Provides emergency financial assistance, food, clothing and accommodation.

The Salvation Army
1300 371 288

Provides emergency financial assistance, food, clothing and shelter. They are also a No Interest Loan provider for people on low incomes needing to borrow up to $1,500 for essential items.

1800 545 366

A free and confidential financial support information service for families with children and young people who have cancer. Financial counsellors are available to support people with their financial concerns so they can focus on their family.

Your Energy Savings

Provides information about saving energy, money and available government rebates and assistance.


Advance Care Planning Program – ACT Health
02 5124 9274

Provides information and assistance with advance care planning.

Legal Aid ACT
1300 654 314

Provides free legal information referral and advice to ACT residents.

Public Trustee and Guardian – ACT
02 6207 9800

Provides trustee, executor and personal financial administration service including the preparation of wills and enduring power of attorney documents.

Inclusion of a service in the directory does not imply endorsement of the service by Cancer Council ACT.

Page updated July 2020

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