Small business advice

Free legal advice for people affected by cancerCancer Council helps people affected by cancer to access small business accounting advice where they would otherwise be unable to do so due to cost, illness or other barriers. We can also put you in touch with a financial advisor.

Cancer Council does not provide advice directly. We will connect you with a volunteer accountant in the community who will provide advice and assistance. Usually, you will meet them at their office, however advice can also be provided via phone and email where needed. If you speak a language other than English, we can arrange a telephone interpreter for you.

Small business accountants can provide advice and assistance to small business owners on how to manage the business during treatment. They may also be able to assist with:

  • Bookkeeping, BAS lodgement and management of business debts
  • Managing disruption to business during treatment
  • Strategies to improve business performance
  • Preparing a business for sale/winding up.


We can connect you with financial planners and financial counsellors,  human resources advisors and lawyers if you need assistance.

How do I access these services?

Call Cancer Council 13 11 20 Information and Support.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am -5pm
A Translator service is available for languages other than English – call 13 14 50.

Or speak to a social worker at your treatment centre and they can refer you.

Do I have to pay?

Advice is provided by volunteer professionals and is free for people who cannot afford to pay for it. The Pro Bono team will ask a series of financial questions to determine whether you are eligible for free assistance.

If you don’t qualify for free assistance, we can put you in touch with a professional who can assist on a paid basis.


How we helped Jonathan and Dana with small business advice

Jonathan and his wife Dana have a small plumbing business.  Jonathan is the plumber and Dana prepared the books and acted as an administrative assistant.  Jonathan was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, and became too unwell to carry on working.  Dana needed assistance to determine whether the business was a going concern, and if so to prepare the small business for sale, as neither she nor Jonathan was able to continue to run the business.

We referred Jonathan and Dana to a small business accountant for advice and support.



Legal and financial issues booklets and fact sheets
Downloadable pdfs with information around common legal, financial and workplace issues for people affected by cancer.