Pro Bono Program

We can help you if you or someone in your family has cancer, and you need advice. Assistance is free for eligible clients.

The Cancer Council Pro Bono Program can help you with:

  • legal issues
  • financial planning
  • small business accounting
  • workplace (HR or recruitment) advice

Some of the things we can help with are: 

  • drafting wills
  • early access to superannuation
  • mortgage hardship variations
  • credit and debt issues
  • insurance claims and disputes
  • managing workplace issues before, during and after treatment
  • budgeting
  • transitioning to retirement
  • debt management

Cancer Council will connect you with a lawyer, financial planner, accountant or HR/recruitment professional who will help you. Usually, you will meet them at their office, but if you are very unwell, they may be able to visit you in hospital or at home. If you speak a language other than English, we can arrange an interpreter for you.

Advice is free for eligible clients. You will need to pass a means test in order to qualify for free assistance.

To access this service please call 13 11 20.

Fact sheets about legal and financial issues

You may wish to review our fact sheets, which provide information about common legal and financial issues:

Can you help us?

If you are a lawyer, financial planner accountant or HR/recruitment professional and you would like to help us, please contact the Pro Bono Manager, Sarah Penman on (02) 9334 1845 or email for more information.

If you are a law student in your penultimate year (or above) or you are looking to do your Practical Legal Training work experience placement, the Cancer Council Legal and Financial Planning Referral Service offers volunteer legal internships. Interns generally work 3-5 days per week and get hands-on experience in the delivery of legal and financial planning services to disadvantaged clients. Interested in applying? Contact Sarah Penman on 02 9334 1845 or at

You can also find out more about our services by reading our latest e-newsletter.

Want a speaker for your support group on legal and financial issues?

Cancer Council may be able to arrange a speaker to come to your support group or community group to talk about legal and financial issues. Contact the Pro Bono Manager, Sarah Penman on (02) 9334 1845 or email for more information.

If you are a referrer and would like to read more about our services, read our latest e-newsletter. Previous issues can be found in the archive below.

Pro Bono Press e-newsletter archive

2016 Edition 12, Edition 13, Edition 14, Edition 15
2015 Edition 8, Edition 9, Edition 10, Edition 11
2014 Edition 4, Edition 5, Edition 6Edition 7
2013 Edition 1, Edition 2, Edition 3