The Australian Cancer Plan 2023–2033

Closed 4 Mar 2022

Opened 26 Nov 2021


Please visit our new engagement hub for the latest updates on the Australian Cancer Plan.

Cancer touches every Australian in some way.

Across Australia, health professionals, charities and other organisations are working tirelessly to care for and support people affected by cancer. Researchers are seeking new ways of preventing, diagnosing, treating and living with the disease in all its forms. And governments, policy makers and industry groups are developing plans, frameworks and strategies to guide and shape future activity.

The pace of this important work is often constrained by system-level factors and the impact of new models of care and ways of working is often limited to certain cancer types or geographic areas.

The Australian Cancer Plan aims to change this picture.

We have strong foundations to build on. Cancer outcomes in Australia are among the best in the world and survival rates are improving for most cancer types. However, this is not the story for every Australian. A person’s risk of cancer, their experiences during diagnosis and treatment, and their survival are influenced by where they live, their background and personal circumstances, and the type of cancer they have. Such differences and variation are unacceptable.

To achieve world-class cancer outcomes for all Australians, we need national action to address issues that contribute to differences in cancer incidence, and that lead to variation in cancer outcomes and experience. And we need a way of sharing, learning from and scaling-up activities that are making a difference.

We have the opportunity to design and deliver a ground-breaking national plan to identify and address critical issues in cancer control that need collaborative, coordinated and national action.

To do that, we need your help.

Why your views matter

Cancer Australia invites you to share your vision for the Australian Cancer Plan.

Have your say by answering the questions in the survey below or upload a submission. We’re keen to hear ambitious and transformational ideas – We invite you to be bold and think big.  

To help frame your thinking you can read the Communique and view presentations from a Ministerial Roundtable about the Australian Cancer Plan held in April 2021.

Your ideas will be added to those shared by people who attended the Roundtable and will help shape the focus and directions of the Australian Cancer Plan.


How to have your say through the Consultation Hub

  • Click on the online survey in the box below.
  • Answer the questions in the online survey.
  • You may respond to Questions 1, 2 and 3 in detail or you may choose to upload a written response to Questions 1, 2 or 3.
  • If you wish to upload a general, overarching, written submission, you may do so at Questions 1, 2 or 3.
  • You will need to finish the survey to submit your response.  However not all questions require a response, and the survey can take as little as two or three minutes if you only wish to attach a written submission.

Questions and assistance

If you have any questions about the consultation, or if you have any technical issues using the Consultation Hub, please contact

If you need an interpreter, please call TIS National on 131 450 and ask them to call Cancer Australia on 02 9357 9400. Our business hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

How we will use your responses

Survey responses and written submissions will be used alongside other stakeholder feedback to inform the development of the Australian Cancer Plan.

Publishing responses and protecting your privacy

We will ask you to provide some information about yourself to help us understand the people who have provided a response. Your personal information is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles. Personal information is being collected by Cancer Australia for the purpose of public consultation about the Australian Cancer Plan.

If you provide consent, your response will be published on this Consultation Hub within a few days. Your name (and the name of your organisation if provided) will only be published if you agree to this. You can choose for your response to be published anonymously. Your email address will not be published.

Responses will be reviewed before publishing to remove content that is inappropriate, offensive, or contains sensitive information.

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Stay informed

Information and updates are available on the Australian Cancer Plan webpage on the Cancer Australia website (


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