The National Cancer Screening Register supports the National Cervical Screening Program and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The three main functions of the National Register are to:

  • send invitation and reminder letters to participants
  • provide a safety net for when a person is at risk  and who have not attended further testing by prompting them to have follow-up tests
  • provide a history of screening results.

If you are eligible to participate in Australia’s bowel or cervical screening programs, you can use the National Register to:

  • review and update your personal information
  • check your screening test history and when your next screening is due
  • manage your participation.

For more information, see manage your participation or call us on 1800 627 701. When you call us, we may ask for personal information to help us identify you, for example first name, date of birth and Medicare identification.

Participant portal

The Participant Portal allows people who are doing bowel and cervical screening to update personal details, manage their participation and view screening information. Click the button below to access the portal via your MyGov online services account.

Manage your participation

To manage your participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and/or the National Cervical Screening Program, please use the Participant Portal or our contact us form. You may withdraw a previous request at any time by completing the form or calling us on 1800 627 701.

When you call, we may ask you for personal information to help us identify you, such as your first name, date of birth and Medicare number.

This page contains a list of forms and further information to update your bowel and cervical screening program preferences.

Update your address

We obtain your primary address from Medicare. If you wish to change your primary address details as recorded with Medicare, you will need to contact Medicare directly on 132 011 or visit www.humanservices.gov.au.

If you would like to provide an alternative address for correspondence related to the National Register, please use the Participant Portal or call us on 1800 627 701, and a member of the Contact Centre will help you.

Nominate a healthcare provider

When you nominate a healthcare provider, the provider you nominate and the healthcare provider who took your screening test will receive relevant correspondence relating to your screening tests. This helps make sure your nominated healthcare provider is informed at all times about your screening and can make informed decisions about your health. Use the Participant Portal or our web form to nominate a healthcare provider. 

Nominate a pseudonym

You may wish to use an alternative name to communicate with us. However, if you wish to change your formal name as recorded with Medicare, you will need to contact Medicare directly. This is because we obtain your name information from Medicare. Use our web form to nominate a pseudonym.

Appoint a personal representative

You may nominate a personal representative to act on your behalf, or you may already be authorised to act on behalf of a participant and wish to interact with us on their behalf.

A personal representative may be a family member, friend, medical practitioner, carer, guardian, or a person acting as power of attorney or under a health directive. Depending on the type of personal representative, the participant may be required to provide supporting documentation showing the appointment.

Once appointed, personal representatives can act on behalf of a participant and access information about the person they represent (including health information), such as calling the Contact Centre, and request correspondence for the participant to be sent to them.

To appoint or remove a personal representative, use the Participant Portal or call us on 1800 627 701, and a member of the Contact Centre team will help process your request.

Defer my next screening date

You may request to change (defer) the date of your next screening, perhaps because of travel or health reasons. You can change your preference for participating in the National Cervical Screening Program and National Bowel Cancer Screening Program for a defined period by using the Participant Portal or our web form and selecting your deferral end date.

You may update the date or cancel the defer at any time by using the Participant Portal, withdrawing the request via our web form, or contacting us on 1800 627 701. For cervical screening, you can book a test at any time through your healthcare provider.

Request to cease correspondence - cervical program only

You may choose to cease correspondence indefinitely or for a defined period. This means we will continue to collect your screening test results and other screening information, but you will not receive any contact or reminders from us. Your healthcare provider will still be able to access your screening information and will receive follow-up contact if required. Use the Participant Portal or our web form to request to cease correspondence. You can resume correspondence at any time. 

Opt back in to the National Register by withdrawing a previous request

If you previously opted out of the National Register, you can choose to opt back in at any time by using the Participant Portal or completing the withdraw previous request form. You can also request your healthcare provider to opt you back in or call the Contact Centre on 1800 627 701.

Request another bowel test kit

If you have lost or misplaced your bowel screening home test kit, or if it has expired, you can request another kit using the Participant Portal or completing the request a replacement home test kit web form or calling the Contact Centre on 1800 627 701. You can also request a replacement Participant Details form if required.

Manage your participation forms

We recommend using the Participant Portal to access most screening program related forms. You can also access our web forms or download a PDF form to fill in and mail or fax to the National Register.

Cervical screening forms

Bowel screening forms

Opting out of the National Register

It's your choice to take part in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program or the National Cervical Cancer Screening Program. It’s also your choice to have your details recorded in the National Cancer Screening Register.

You can opt out of the screening programs at any time by using the Participant Portal, calling the Contact Centre on 1800 627 701 or completing the web form on our Contact Us page.

Information about opting out of the National Register

Opting out of one or both of the screening programs means that we will not contact you and you will not receive any invitations or reminders to screen from the National Register. 

Once you choose to opt out of one or both of the screening programs, we will not accept or record any of your future screening test results or details of any related tests and diagnoses. We will also not carry out any follow-up activities.

Even if you opt out, you can still have a cervical screening test performed with your healthcare provider or use another non-program bowel screening test kit. 

Any bowel or cervical tests you do outside of the programs will not be recorded in the National Register.

You can choose to opt back in at any time, but your screening history in the National Register may be incomplete or incorrect. This is because we will not collect your information for the period you have opted out.

If you are acting on behalf of an individual and wish to opt them out, call the Contact Centre on 1800 627 701.

Still want to opt out of the National Register?

If you still want to opt out, please use our web form to opt out.

Your privacy

The Australian Government Department of Health (Health) is the custodian of the information in the National Cancer Screening Register. 

The National Register will collect or use your information in compliance with the Privacy Act 1988 (including the Australian Privacy Principles) and the National Cancer Screening Register Act 2016 (the NCSR Act). 

The Privacy Policy describes why, when, and how we collect, use and disclose your information to operate the National Register. To read more about the data we collect and why we collect it, see Questions and Answers.