How to apply

Please view the Current Opportunities section of our website or SEEK to apply for a vacancy. It is recommended that the following documents are attached to your application:

  • Resume – your resume should include your contact details, work experience, educational background and professional development.
  • Cover letter – your cover letter should clearly indicate the position you are applying for and give a brief summary of your motivations for applying and your relevant skills and experience.

Please be aware that Cancer Council Queensland will request for you to provide at least two referees whom you have worked for currently/previously.

Important information about your application

Rights to work in Australia

You must be an Australian Citizen, have permanent residency status or an appropriate working visa (with no restrictions) to apply for a position with Cancer Council Queensland. You will be required to provide a copy of your right to work in Australia if your application is shortlisted to a formal interview or prior to an offer of employment being finalised.

Your application is confidential

The information you provide is used for employment purposes only. Your details will be treated confidentially, in accordance with our privacy statement.

Equal opportunity employer

Cancer Council Queensland is an equal opportunity employer where differences are valued and respected.

All appointments to positions within Cancer Council Queensland are on the basis of the applicant’s merit in relation to the key skills, as identified in the position description. We do not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination.

Appointing applicants based on merit ensures the best person for the job is employed. It gives all applicants the right to be considered for a job on the basis of their abilities, qualifications, experience and standard of work performance.

COVID-19 Vaccination

CCQ has mandated COVID-19 Vaccinations for all Cancer Council Queensland employees, as per the Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction, issued by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer. Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is an inherent requirement for all employees working at Cancer Council Queensland, and there is a requirement to provide and maintain evidence of full vaccination at the commencement of the recruitment process as a candidate and throughout employment.

Recruitment and selection time frames

The entire recruitment and selection process may take between two to six weeks, depending on the role. Please contact us at any time during the recruitment and selection process with your full name, the position you’ve applied for and your best contact phone number if you would like to know the status of your application. A member of the People (Employment) team will endeavour to get in touch with you.


We will be in contact with you to let you know if your application has been successful or unsuccessful via email, once the selection process is complete.

The typical application process

  1. Shortlisting applications

    Once we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement by email. Cancer Council Queensland reserves the right to start the shortlisting prior to or after the closing date. Therefore, we encourage all candidates to apply for roles as soon as possible.

    The shortlisting process is an assessment made against the selection criteria based on the information provided by the applicant in their CV and covering letter.

    Shortlisting is the process of identifying candidates who best meet the required and desired criteria based on the information provided by the applicant in their resumes and cover letter.

  2. Shortlisting phone call

    We will carefully read your full application and if your application is shortlisted, we will be in contact with you for a phone screen. The purpose of the phone screen is to find out more about your motivations for applying and your fit with the role. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions in relation to the position or Cancer Council Queensland.

    During the shortlisting phone call process, we will advise you on the next steps in the recruitment process.

  3. Formal interview

    The next step of the recruitment process will be an interview, conducted in person or via Microsoft Teams. At the interview stage, we will go into more detail about your skills, motivation, experience and expectations. You will have a chance to ask specific questions about the role based on the position description sent to you and Cancer Council Queensland.

    In some instances, Cancer Council Queensland may request for you to provide work related samples or participate in scenario-based activities or role specific testing.

    At the formal interview stage, the recruiters will request to sight your full COVID-19 vaccination status and will record the COVID-19 Vaccination ‘valid from’ date for our records.

  4. Second formal interview

    After the initial formal interview, you may be required to attend a second formal interview, depending on the position.

  5. Reference checks

    As part of the application process, we request that all candidates applying for employment with Cancer Council Queensland provide us with two of your most recent referees. Cancer Council Queensland may contact your referees at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

    To assist us in completing the reference checks in a prompt and timely manner, we request that if you progress to a formal interview, you let your referees know that Cancer Council Queensland may be in touch with them and advise them of the role that you have applied for..

  6. Criminal history check

    Cancer Council Queensland requires all employees to complete a Criminal history check. This is completed as part of the onboarding process.

How to find out more

If you have any questions in relation to your application, at any stage of the recruitment and selection process, please call (07) 3634 5100. In the instance that a member of the People (Employment) team is unable to take your call, we request that you send an email to with your full name, best contact number and a brief summary of your query, and a member of our team will come back to you.


  1. Do I need not-for-profit experience to apply?
    Unless the job ad specifically states this is required, you do not need not-for-profit experience to apply. Most of our roles look for specific skills or knowledge and having experience in other sectors usually helps.
  2. Do I need to apply for criminal history check myself?
    As part of our Employee Onboarding process, we require all new employees to complete a National Police Check application at the time of offer and acceptance, regardless of position. You do not need to apply for this yourself. New employees will be guided through the application process as part of the Cancer Council Queensland Onboarding process.
  3. What are the functions one can work in at Cancer Council Queensland?
    We have dedicated and passionate groups working across Research, Corporate Services, Cancer Support and Information, Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, and other supporting teams. For more information, read here.
  4. Are there any mandatory qualifications and licences etc that I will need?
    It does depend on the role, some roles require a professional qualification and registration such as our psychologists. If a requirement, this will be made clear in the advertisement and position description. Most roles require a current drivers licence.
  5. How do I know if the hours/shifts for the position match my availability?
    We will stipulate the working hours and scope of days required for each role, in the job advertisement. We will advise on the expected rostered days and working patterns relevant to the role either during the phone screening or formal interview process. Where possible, we will negotiate these individually with the successful candidate.
  6. There is no job currently advertised for me. How can I get information about new roles?
    All our current opportunities are listed on this page and we encourage you to check back regularly to see if a role suited to your skills and interests is advertised. Alternatively, you may consider volunteering until you find the perfect role that suits you. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, see here.
  7. Are there flexible working options?

    Cancer Council Queensland provides flexible working opportunities to our employees. However, the level of flexibility we are able to provide will be dependent upon multiple factors including specific role types and role requirements. Flexible working arrangement may include mutually agreeable working hours, working days, compressed hours and working from home on certain days to name a few. These factors will need to be determined and discussed individually with the hiring manager at the formal interview stage, at the time of offer of employment or once you have commenced with Cancer Council Queensland.

  8. How many locations does Cancer Council Queensland have?
    Whilst the majority of roles are based in Brisbane, we do have roles in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Gold Coast and Toowoomba
  9. Does Cancer Council Queensland provide feedback on my application?
    We are unable to provide specific feedback on all applications received. However, if you have gone through a formal interview process, you will be notified by phone call or email with an outcome and some general feedback on your application.
  10. Can I volunteer for Cancer Council Queensland?
    Volunteering opportunities are available at Cancer Council Queensland. For a list of current vacancies, see here. If you would like to make further queries around volunteering opportunities, please email
  11. Does Cancer Council Queensland offer internships?
    Cancer Council Queensland does partner with some universities to provide unpaid internship opportunities as part of the study structures. We also provide opportunities via our Volunteering team, to support different areas of the business. Please email for further information.

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