Past Campaigns

Our CanAct Community has helped us achieve significant successes in cancer policy across Local, State and Federal Government issues.

Read more about our past campaigns and their outcomes by clicking on the titles below.

Health Star Rating system for front-of-pack food labelling remains intact

[2012-2013] In December 2013, the Australian government launched a website to accompany the Health Star Rating System, which is starting to appear on food products. The Health Star Rating system is a voluntary front-of-pack labelling system to provide convenient, at-a-glance nutrition information on food packs to help shoppers make informed food purchases. It was developed by [...]

Get Behind Bowel Screening

[2009-2012] In May 2012, the Federal Government committed an extra $50 million to extend the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program to Australians turning 60 from 2013,70 year olds from 2015 then progressively introducing two yearly screening for all Australians aged 50 to 74 from 2017. This announcement meant that thousands of Australians will avoid premature [...]

Sun Protection in Schools in Primary Schools

[2012-2013] After working on this issue for just over a year, on Thursday 27 July we were sent the updated package of sun protection resources for schools. These materials now reflect previous feedback we had provided and meet the recommendations of our SunSmart schools program. We understand the materials will be released soon, and promoted to schools [...]

Clear the Air

[2011-2012] In August 2012, the NSW Parliament passed legislation that will ban smoking in public areas including children’s playgrounds, sporting fields, covered bus shelters, taxi ranks and outdoor dining areas. These reforms will take effect from February 2013 with people being able to enjoy smoke-free outdoor dining from 2015 – significant news that we are [...]

Ban Solariums

[2010-2012] Following the introduction of regulations in May 2009 to ensure the solarium industry businesses comply with national standards, the Department of Environment and Climate Change (now known as the Office of Environment and Heritage) conducted two audits assessing solarium operator compliance were conducted. These audits found high levels of poor or non-compliance. It was [...]

Saving Life – why wouldn’t you?

[2010-2011] In September 2011, the NSW Government announced a boost of $28 million to the Isolated Patient and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) and more recently in August 2012, the NSW Government passed legislation that will ban smoking in public areas – including children’s playgrounds, sporting fields, covered bus shelters, taxi ranks and outdoor dining areas. [...]

Regulation of the Solarium Industry

[2006 – 2008] In May 2009, we welcomed the news that the solarium industry was to be regulated – no longer relying on a “voluntary” code of conduct. The campaign involved a range of actions including  media advocacy built around a powerful open letter to NSW Government from mother of Clare Oliver, and submissions to [...]

IPTAAS and Less Distance for Assistance

[2004-2006] On March 17, 2006 the then Premier, Morris Iemma announced significant changes to the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme or IPTAAS criteria. They included a reduction in the eligibility criteria from 200kms to 100kms each way and an increase in the vehicle allowance from 12.7¢ to 15¢ per km. Many health groups, [...]

Protecting Children from Tobacco

[2008] From July 2009, it became an offence to smoke in a car with children present. A number of other laws intended to protect children from tobacco were also introduced as part of the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008, including prohibiting the display of any tobacco product at retail outlets. Of the 12,000 submissions received [...]