Employee benefits

Children’s Cancer Institute understands that everyone’s needs are different but important. We value our staff and all the contributions that are made. 

Children's Cancer Institute offers a range of employee benefits to help maximise your income, reduce your expenses, develop your career, help you be the best you can be and most importantly be healthy and happy working with us.

We as an Institute place great emphasis on valuing our staff – with one of our values dedicated to satisfaction, we want to create and support happiness. We not only want to attract the best and brightest but we also want to retain the best and brightest in our goal of curing childhood cancer.


Salary packaging

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Being a not-for-profit organisation allows us to offer our employees access to some amazing tax savings through salary packaging. For more information check out our salary packaging provider’s (Advantage) website: https://www.salary.com.au/. There are two components of salary packaging that you can take advantage of to reduce your taxable income and increase your take home pay. These include:

  • Expenses
  • Meals and Entertainment/ Venue Hire

Discounts through our Institute and UNSW

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Children’s Cancer Institute and UNSW will from time to time negotiate discounts with a range of stores and service providers across Australia. Please consult the full listing below for UNSW benefit details as discounts are subject to change. A huge range of Electrolux products and related brands are available only to Institute staff at a special discounted rate through our internal ordering process. Electrolux is just one of our amazing supporters.

For a full comprehensive listing of UNSW benefits, staff can use their UNSW z pass login to visit: UNSW Finance Page.

There are also many great discounts available if you intend to have a Westpac salary packaging card. Once your Westpac card is activated, you will get access to the Advantage Loyalty Program, which has many popular savings across dining, travel, activities, movies, shopping, lifestyle and box office accessible through the Advantage loyalty portal: http://advantage.frequent-values.com.au/.

Career training 

Career development and dedicated training budget

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We want to ensure that all our employees have the skills and knowledge they need in their current role, while also identifying areas for development to take on future opportunities. We put great emphasis on succession planning. Our learning and development philosophy is based on the 70-20-10 model of learning encompassing on-the-job training and experience, coaching and mentoring, and formal courses.

Staff tuition fee subsidy initiative with UNSW 

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As part of the Institute’s affiliation partnership with UNSW, eligible Institute staff can participate in a scheme that will allow eligible employee’s to receive a 40% discount (subject to UNSW’s T&C’s) on fees for UNSW courses and degrees. This initiative further emphasises both the Institute and UNSW’s commitment to offering our staff leading opportunities to further their education and grow their careers.

For more information about eligibility criteria, guidelines, FAQs and how to apply, please visit the UNSW website.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Manager Assist

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You will have access to a powerful wellbeing tool called Benestar. This is much more than a standard EAP program. It is made up of My Coach for Individual, My Coach for People Leaders and Benehub. Benestar are all about helping people when and where they need it with all aspects of their life – physical, mental, social and financial. After all, strong, happy and healthy people equate to a productive, engaged workforce. More information about Benestar is avaiable here:  https://benestar.com/ 

Exercise classes

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Pilates, yoga and other exercise classes are held on-site at lunchtimes or after hours, on a user pay system. It gives our staff a chance to prioritise both their physical and mental wellbeing.

Discounted private health insurance 

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With UNSW’s arrangement in place with Medibank, Institute staff can access an 8.3% discount on all private health insurance products. For further information, visit: https://corporate.medibank.com.au/uns

Discounted optometry services 

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With our arrangement with UNSW, staff have access to the UNSW Optometry Clinic, which offers UNSW staff Medicare bulk billed eye examinations – no gap, for appointments outside semester times and 10% off purchases in the dispensary for all sales excluding packages.For further information, visit: http://www.optometry.unsw.edu.au/clinic/unsw-optometry-clinic

Flu vaccinations

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UNSW also kindly allow Institute staff to avail of free flu vaccinations usually in May and June of each year. This is done through the UNSW health service: http://www.healthservices.unsw.edu.au/content/staff-members

For a full list of UNSW Wellbeing programs many of which Children’s cancer Institute team member’s can utilise are available here: http://www.wellbeing.unsw.edu.au/ 

Social Club and social activites 

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The Social Club organises regular activities throughout the year. These include but not limited to: Easter celebrations, Melbourne Cup, Christmas party, trivia nights, international food days, step challenges and end of year picnic. Anyone can join the committee and there is no membership required to attend events.


Work-life balance

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The Institute is committed to supporting a healthy work-life balance for all our team, which may involve flexible hours or working from home using our remote access portal. Of course, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, so we encourage all employees to explore the flexible arrangements available to their role.

Parental leave

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13 weeks paid parental leave (including adoption-related parental leave) paid by the Institute over and above government leave.

Jury service leave

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Employees are provided with unlimited top up depending on the length of Jury Duty service. This is so none of our employee’s are out of pocket.

Facilities and location

Modern state of the art workplace

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Completed in 2010 the Lowy Cancer Research Centre is one of the largest dedicated cancer research centres in the Southern Hemisphere equipped with state of the art laboratories. Blessed with plenty of natural light, abundance of meeting rooms, spacious kitchen/ break out areas and leading technology. It is the perfect environment to help our staff thrive and one-day cure childhood cancer.

More information can be found here: https://lowycancerresearchcentre.unsw.edu.au/about-us/welcome

Bike and shower facilities

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Supporting employees who wish to ride to work or fit some exercise into their working day is important.  Our office has shower and locker facilities available and on-site bicycle storage.

Campus facilities

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UNSW’s Kensington Campus has a large variety of food and retail services, including banks, bars, cafes and convenience stores. You’ll also find a variety of health and lifestyle services including an optometrist, dentist, doctor, physiotherapist, childcare, on-campus Fitness & Aquatic Centre and more.

To check out all that the UNSW Fitness & Aquatic centre has to offer, visit: https://www.unsw-ymca.org.au/

To view the childcare service FAQ’s, visit: http://www.earlyyears.unsw.edu.au/faqs

A comprehensive overview of campus amenities is available here: http://www.facilities.unsw.edu.au/food-retail/food-and-retail-campus

Parking on-campus and transport

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Parking is available on campus to all staff through UNSW. There is a fee that can be paid outright, or taken fortnightly out of your pre-tax pay as an arrangement that the Institute has with UNSW.

Parking information available here: http://www.facilities.unsw.edu.au/parking.  Frequent express bus (891) services run between the Lowy and Eddy Avenue, Central Station as well as many other services from various locations.

For transport info please see this link: Transport

Get in touch

Do you have a question about our work? For any enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact us.