Australian Brain Cancer Mission

Brain cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer burden in Australia. The young are disproportionately affected by brain cancer, being the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for those under 25 years of age.

Expressions of Interest for Australian Brain Cancer Mission Expert Advisory Panels – Closed 10 February 2024

The call for Expressions of Interest for two Australian Brain Cancer Mission Expert Advisory Panels closed on 10 February 2024. Applications are currently being reviewed by the Department of Health and Aged Care and Cancer Australia. 


On 29 October 2017, the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt, announced the Australian Brain Cancer Mission (the Mission).

The Mission has the goal of doubling survival rates and improving the quality of life of people living with brain cancer over the next decade to 2027, with the longer term aim of defeating brain cancer.

The total investment of $156.66 million in the Mission has been achieved through an initial $50 million from the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund. Subsequently, the Australian Government has committed an additional $30.26 million in MRFF funding to the Mission and brain cancer research.

Significant donations of $76.4 million have also been committed by funding partners: Cure Brain Cancer Foundation ($20m), Minderoo Foundation's Eliminate Cancer Initiative ($10m), Carrie's Beanies 4 Brain Cancer ($5.4m), the Mark Hughes Foundation ($3m), the Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland ($10m), the State of Victoria ($2m), The Kids’ Cancer Project ($5.3m), the State of New South Wales ($7.5m), the Financial Markets Foundation for Children ($5m), the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation ($1.25m), ACT Health and Canberra Health Services ($3.95m) and the NeuroSurgical Research Foundation ($3m).

Implementation of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission will be coordinated and managed by Cancer Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.

For further detail on how Mission funding has been allocated to date is available in the document titled 'Australian Brain Cancer Mission Investments' below.

In 2023, the Department of Health and Aged Care engaged the Centre for International Economics to conduct a review of the Mission. The report on review findings is available here.

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Last updated: 22 September, 2023. 3:30PM