The Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR) is recognised as an innovative leader in the collection and provision of data for cancer control nationally and internationally. The VCR was established in 1939 as the first cancer registry in Australia with voluntary cancer notifications from major teaching hospitals in and around Melbourne. The Registry continued until it was incorporated into the current population-based Registry in 1982 following an amendment to the Cancer Act 1958 (Vic), which mandated the notification of cancer. From 1 October 2015, the mandatory notification of cancer screenings, diagnoses and other related information is dealt with under the Improving Cancer Outcomes Act 2014 (Vic).
The Victorian Family Cancer Register (VFCR) program services cancer verification requests to help Family Cancer Centres with risk assessments.
From 2000 until 30 June, 2016 the VFCR managed an opt-on register for family members with a high risk of developing cancer due to a genetic predisposition. It ceased to operate following a decision by the Department of Health and Human Services. This information sheet provides more details.