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Our Culture and Workplace

Corporate culture

We promote a positive work environment by:

  • valuing and respecting our staff
  • providing new staff with a comprehensive induction program
  • offering salary packages benchmarked against the external market
  • offering attractive salary sacrifice arrangements
  • providing a flexible workplace
  • connecting staff with our vision, mission and strategy
  • managing a clear goal-setting, performance and feedback environment
  • maintaining a relatively flat organisational structure with open communication
  • creating a collegial and social environment
  • offering learning opportunities, including internal and external training
  • providing appropriate levels of equipment and resources for the job
  • ensuring we offer a safe and healthy working environment
  • fostering a culture of diversity and inclusiveness free from harassment and discrimination

Staff giving back to the community

As a community-minded organisation, Cancer Council Australia actively encourages our staff to be involved in the local community.

During 2017-18, all employees were encouraged to volunteer in our fundraising events. Many staff participated in Daffodil Day, selling merchandise at locations throughout Sydney to raise funds for cancer. This provided employees with an opportunity to get involved in community fundraising first hand and engage with volunteers and members of the public.

We also hosted our own Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and promoted our own Workplace Giving Program, allowing staff to contribute to other charities.

Improving our environmental performance

Cancer Council Australia is located in a modern office building that features:

  • 3.5 star NABERS rating for water use. In 2017/18 our water use percentage remained the same as the previous year (3.5%)
  • 5.5 star NABERS rating for energy use. In 2017/18 our energy use percentage remained the same as the previous year (5.5%)
  • 5.0 star NABERS rating for indoor environment quality
  • recycling rate of 70%
  • quarterly e-waste collection
  • highly efficient T5 troffer office space lighting
  • motion activated low watt LED lighting in foyers and car park and fire stairs.

In addition, Cancer Council takes the following steps to reduce the environmental impact of our workplace and staff by:

  • recycling toner cartridges paper and plastics in the office
  • providing mobile phone and used battery collection
  • using recycled or green products where possible
  • defaulting office machines to print double-sided
  • making two printers loaded with waste paper available
  • encouraging staff to take public transport to and from work by being located near good transport hubs
  • enabling staff to cycle to work by providing safe bike storage and shower/change facilities
  • turning off all lights and computers at the end of each working day.

Ensuring ethical behaviour

Cancer Council has code of conduct policies that prescribe the expected ethical behaviour of our employees, as well as our Board and committee members, including:

  • acting honestly, with fairness and equity, and within the law
  • exercising competence, being accountable and taking responsibility
  • disclosing conflicts or potential conflicts
  • avoiding participation during or after employment in any activity that might be harmful to the good operation, health or reputation of the organisation
  • acting within approved authority limits
  • treating personal, commercial and sensitive information with confidentiality, integrity and security
  • avoiding any behaviour that could be regarded as bullying, harassing or discriminating
  • not receiving or soliciting gifts that compromise, or may be seen to compromise, any official capacity.

This page was last updated on: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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