Legal and financial assistance
Cancer Council Tasmania’s Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) aims to assist Tasmanians diagnosed with cancer when they are undergoing treatment or receiving palliative care who are experiencing financial hardship.
This assistance is provided as a result of the generous donation from the Tasmanian community and in partnership with Telstra and Aurora Energy. The program offers a $300 payment of an unpaid telephone or Aurora bill, within a 12 month period after referral from a health professional.
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.