Legal and financial assistance
Cancer Council Tasmania’s Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) aims to assist Tasmanians diagnosed with cancer by reducing the financial burden associated with their diagnosis and treatment. This assistance is provided as a result of the generous donation from the Tasmanian community and in partnership with Telstra.
FAS offers a short term emergency payment after all other avenues have been explored. The one-off payment per financial year, is paid towards an unpaid electricity or telephone bill to assist people receiving active treatment or palliative care services who are experiencing financial hardship
The financial assistance for Under 25’s is available to families with a child, adolescent or young adult (up to 25 years of age) who have a cancer diagnosis through the Under 25’s program when no other avenues of assistance are available.
Pro Bono Program
Cancer Council has four pro bono programs currently available – the Legal Referral Service, the Financial Planning Referral Service, the Workplace Advisory Service and the Small Business Advisory Service. Through the Pro Bono Programs cancer patients and their families can access pro bono legal, financial and/or workplace advice.
In all programs, professionals in the community volunteer their time to assist clients who cannot pay for advice. Cancer Council provides a matching service, allocating clients to appropriate service providers. Our staff and volunteers do not provide advice directly to clients.