About Children's Cancer Institute

Our vision is to save the lives of all children with cancer and improve their long-term health, through research.

Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to curing childhood cancer. Cancer kills more children than any other disease, so our research is critical. With the brightest brains, cutting-edge facilities, and the greatest determination, we will get the job done.

Our story

Children's Cancer Institute was established in 1976 by a dedicated group of parents of children with cancer and their doctors. First established as a foundation to fund childhood cancer research, we opened our own research laboratories in 1984. Since then, we have grown to employ more than 300 researchers, students and operational staff and are recognised as one of the leading international child cancer research institutes.

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Children’s Cancer Institute exists solely to put an end to childhood cancer. We don’t just hope to do it, we will do it.

Professor Michelle Haber AM
Executive Director, Children’s Cancer Institute

Our people

Curing all children of cancer requires a collaborative team of experts; people who are passionate, committed and determined. Our team is diverse in skills but united in purpose. We are single-minded in our drive to cure childhood cancer.

Our people

Our research

Our research takes a multi-pronged approach to tackling childhood cancer. Whether it’s investigating causes and prevention, improving diagnosis and monitoring, or developing better treatments, our research is all about improving the lives of children and their families.

Our research

Our facilities

To solve the complex problem of childhood cancer, we need the best available tools. Situated in one of the largest cancer research centres in the southern hemisphere, our purpose-built facilities are world-class and cutting-edge.

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The impact of your kindness

When you donate to Children’s Cancer Institute, your donations are applied in the most effective way possible. 

Research & scientific activity to help cure childhood cancer

Last year, 84 cents of every dollar at Children's Cancer Institute was spent directly on dedicated research to help cure childhood cancer.

Fundraising activities to generate donations

Core support services and infrastructure costs

We’ve made great progress. But we won’t stop until the job is done; with your help, we can cure all children of cancer. 

It's not if. It's when.

Documents & downloads

Annual Review Highlights 2021

Annual Review Highlights 2021

Annual Review Highlights 2020

Annual Review Highlights 2020

Strategic Plan<br>2018-2022

Strategic Plan

Annual Review Highlights<br>2019

Annual Review Highlights


Join our team

Cancer cuts life short for hundreds of children in Australia every year, before they’ve even had a chance to make their mark. You can help change that. Be part of a team that is working tirelessly to find a cure for childhood cancer. A team that is working together every day to help children live longer and more fulfilling lives.

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Your donation will fund research that will save young lives!