This week, the Government has announced a $100,000 donation to support the Australian Cancer Society (ACS).
As of Thursday, the ACS is on track to receive more than $1.3 million in funding, up from $849,000 last year.
“ACS will be able to better target the money it needs for its cancer research by taking advantage of the Government’s $100 million donation,” said Minister for the Environment Josh Frydenberg.
But, to date, just over $1 million has been donated to the ACS, with $750,000 of that coming from a donation made last week.
“It’s a testament to the generosity of the people of Australia that so many have chosen to support an organisation that has helped so many in their journey,” Minister Frydenburg said.
“The ACS has helped thousands of people in need and is grateful to the Government for its support.”
In recognition of its contribution, the Minister will also be raising funds for a new, more efficient donation tracking system for charities, with the aim of achieving better results by 2020.
Last week, Health Minister Sussan Ley announced a donation of $100 from her own pocket to the new system.
As part of her commitment, Minister Ley also announced the establishment of a new department dedicated to cancer.
The new department will be headed by Dr Lisa Young and will be staffed by a dedicated nurse practitioner and an expert in cancer prevention and care.
Dr Young said the department will ensure the ACS has the best possible system for delivering cancer prevention programs and treatments.
This new system will be made up of six key areas, which will be described in more detail later this year.
“We have a strong plan to create a more efficient and streamlined donation tracking process and to ensure that all ACS donors receive the best value for their money,” she said.
ACS spokesperson Dr Michael McKeon said the donation from Ms Young was a huge boost to the organisation.
“[It] comes from our people who are on the front lines of fighting cancer,” Dr McKeo said.
“We’re extremely proud to be working with the Minister to bring about a much-needed change in our organisation’s approach to funding.”