Why it's great to work at Cancer Council Victoria

1. High regard

We are trusted and recognised internationally for our research, prevention, advocacy and patient and carer support work. People like to work and volunteer here to give back to an organisation that helps others, and to know their work is needed and welcomed by the community.

2. Competitive pay, salary packaging and conditions

We offer a number of benefits including:

  • annual salary increases aligned with the external market;
  • salary packaging (of rent, credit card, mortgage, school fees, etc. to a maximum of $15,900 per annum);
  • a commitment to ongoing professional development;
  • social and wellbeing activities; and
  • internal promotion and transfer opportunities.

3. Flexible hours

Employees can request to vary their start and finish times and can negotiate flexible hours or additional leave arrangements. We also offer (after 12 months service):

  • 12 months parental leave (including 12 weeks paid maternity or adoption leave and the ability to request part-time opportunities); and
  • 5 days paid paternity leave (or 12 months unpaid if the employee is the primary care giver).

4. Career development

We are committed to career development with:

  • internal promotions being encouraged and positions advertised on the Intranet;
  • seminars and presentations scheduled at lunchtime, including guest speakers; and
  • regular performance reviews being linked to learning and development.

5. Learning and development

We are committed to creating a skilled and motivated workforce through:

  • an induction and orientation program; 
  • probation, performance review and development action plans;
  • access to varied development opportunities; and 
  • on-the-job training.

6. Respect for diversity

We foster a culture that supports mutual learning, trust, respect, dignity, openness and diversity to enable all individuals to reach their full potential. We are committed to creating and sustaining a work environment that reflects our values of Excellence, Integrity and Compassion and is free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation. We train and support Equal Opportunity Contact Officers, offer cultural diversity training, employ Bilingual Health Educators and provide multilingual resources for our prevention and support priorities.

7. Encouraging achievement

Our performance review process for each employee occurs over a yearly cycle. Performance objectives and development plans set at the start of the year are reviewed according to achievement. Monthly all staff meetings acknowledge individual and program achievements.

8. Valuing volunteers

We are very proud to be a volunteer-based organisation. Our work would not be possible without our dedicated and passionate volunteers.
We have over 50,000 volunteers across Victoria, with about 150 volunteers working in our offices. Volunteers are recruited for specific roles and training and orientation is available. Volunteers are supervised by paid employees, and role descriptions are developed for all office-based volunteers. Corporate volunteering is also available.

9. Social, health and wellbeing

We provide a range of social, health and wellbeing options and activities including:

  • our Employee Assistance Program: paid for by Cancer Council, with access 24 hours, 7 days a week;
  • a social committee that supports networking by offering staff activities and events;
  • yoga and other exercise classes at lunchtimes or after hours;
  • a bicycle-user-group and facilities to encourage riding to work (showers, bike racks, lockers) and participation in Ride to Work Day;
  • a Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy;
  • free flu vaccinations; and
  • a smoke-free workplace that promotes a healthy lifestyle.

10. Location

We are located close to many popular places to eat and shop particularly Fitzroy Street and Chapel Street as well as places to run, relax or ride including the St Kilda beach, Albert Park lake, Fawkner Park and the Melbourne Aquatic Centre. We are a short walk to Prahran or Windsor station, with a tram stop at the front of the building and bus stops nearby. Ample meter and covered parking is also available close by.

Updated: 03 Apr, 2014