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1 in 2 of us will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85.
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1 in 2 Victorians will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85 and we think that's unacceptable.

That's why every year, we fund over 230 researchers working on new methods to stop cancer before it starts, detect it as early as possible, and create kinder, gentler treatments with fewer side effects. 

Cancer Council Victoria funds more cancer research than anyone else in the state (except the government, that is). 


Dr Laura Porter

Dr Laura Porter is hacking the body’s immune system using killer CAR T cells to better treat prostate cancer.  


Dr Ajithkumar Vasanthakumar

Dr Ajithkumar Vasanthakumar has developed a first-of-its-kind ‘sniper’ approach to target breast cancer cells and tissue.  


Dr Omer Gilan

Dr Omer Gilan is making game-changing discoveries on how to put the brakes on leukaemia cells.  .

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By supporting cancer research you help every one of us

Bru and Perry

As a tattoo artist, Bru’s body is a work of art. Every design on its surface tells a story. So, when her body told her a different story, one from deep within, it was unfamiliar and unwelcome.   

Bru’s story had forever changed. The moment the doctor asked her to bring her partner Perry to the appointment, she knew this.   

“I just said to her before we went in, ‘whatever happens, good or bad, I’m here for you. We’re gonna get through it together’. And we had a little hug-out before it was all real real,” said Perry.  

It was triple negative breast cancer and it challenged Bru’s body and mind like never before.  

“You’re suddenly confronted,” she said. The penny drops. I was a healthy person and suddenly I’m not.”  

Read about how the importance of community, normality, and the things you love helped Bru through her cancer diagnosis.

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Ensures a person facing cancer can access support from a cancer nurse on our 13 11 20 information and support line.

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Can enable the collection and processing of blood samples to help researchers learn more about how cancer develops.

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Can provide essential laboratory equipment for two research teams working on new cancer treatments.

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Donation FAQs

Want to know more about how donations are made and used? Please see responses to frequently asked questions below.


What are the other ways to donate to Cancer Council Victoria?

Making a donation is just one of the ways to support Cancer Council Victoria. You can get involved through a number of other channels, like:

Where does my money go when I donate?

Your donation will go to supporting Cancer Council Victoria's mission towards a cancer-free future.

Our mission is to eradicate all cancer. We cannot guarantee that your donation will go directly to ovarian cancer research, for example. 

Your donation also does not go to Cancer Council Australia, which is a separate organisation. Instead, it will go to local initiatives and support services in Victoria.

For more information on how we spent our money last year, you can visit the Financials section our latest Annual Report.

Can you set up a monthly automatic donation?

If you're looking to do more than donate on a special occasion, you can! Becoming a regular giver is the single most impactful way you can help people diagnosed with cancer. Regular giving contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to the important work we do.

How will I know if my donation is used correctly?

While administration costs are necessary for a charity to run efficiently, there are ways to evaluate if your donation is being used effectively.

  • By assessing financial information, you can gauge an organisation's levels of accountability.

  • By evaluating a charity’s strategic plan and outcomes, you can judge how it is making an impact in the community.

  • Annual reports give insight into progress and activities throughout the year, and can be used as a benchmark for donation contributions.

Cancer Council Victoria is committed to transparency. If you’d like to know more about how we spent our money last year, you can visit our latest Annual Report.

Will I be tax exempted if I donate here?

Yes, you'll receive a tax receipt on any donation over $2. This will allow you to claim your donation come tax time. Most donations to charity offer the same benefit.

You can use the tax receipt for your donation to claim a deduction at tax time through the Australian Tax Office's online portal. If you have a personal income tax agent, they can submit the deduction on your behalf.

We have a comprehensive guide to claiming a donation tax deduction for people donating to Cancer Council Victoria.