Frequently Asked Questions


Leave Your Hat On is your chance to help end melanoma. This initiative encourages people to leave a hat on in the month of September, while raising money from friends, family & colleagues. Leave Your Hat On is an initiative by Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) to raise funds for life changing research.

Each year, MIA chooses research projects of national significance to provide funding for. In recent years, research breakthroughs have tripled the life expectancy for advanced melanoma patients, and while we are making progress, more still needs to be done. Research is critical to helping find treatments for people with melanoma, and hopefully one day, a cure. Learn more about recent research supported by Melanoma Institute Australia.

Signing up to Leave Your Hat On is easy, and it's FREE to register! Click here to sign up, and follow the simple steps to create your personalised profile page where you can receive donations, post updates, and share your profile page.

Leave Your Hat On encourages people to wear a hat during the month of September. It can be any hat, no matter the style, but a hat that promotes sun safety is better. You could wear your hat to work, to a birthday party, to a board meeting, or just around the house. It’s all to raise awareness & much needed funds for life saving research on melanoma.


By signing up, you will have created your own Leave Your Hat On profile page. This profile page has a unique URL / link that you can share with family, friends and colleagues to encourage donations. We also have a number of fundraising ideas to help you raise money. On your profile page, people can make a donation through our secure payment gateway using a valid credit card or Paypal.

After you've logged in to your Leave Your Hat On account, you will be directed to your profile page.

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A 'Dare to Wear' donation gives a specific date the participant needs to wear a hat for Leave Your Hat On.

For a minimum cost of $25, they can make a big difference to finding a cure for melanoma.

To make a 'Dare to Wear' donation, search the Participant you wish to donate to, click 'Donate' on their profile page, and select 'Dare to Wear' on the donation form.

While we encourage all donations to be made online, we realise this isn't always possible. To make a donation via bank deposit, EFT, cheque or money order, please download and fill in our offline Donation Form. Please scan and email your form to [email protected]. Alternatively you can post this form to:

Melanoma Institute Australia
40 Rocklands Road
NSW 2065

*Please do not send cash. We accept electronic funds transfer. Our bank details are on the Donation Form.

**Please make Cheque/Money Orders payable to Melanoma Institute Australia and post along with your Donation Form.

First, you will need to be signed up as an individual. Please click here to sign up.

Once you have signed up, you can create or join a team from your profile page. On the left hand column of the page, scroll down to 'Join a Team' and you can select to 'Create a Team' or 'Find a Team' to join.

If you’ve forgotten your password, please click here. Once you have entered your registered email address, you will be emailed a link to reset your password. Make sure you enter your password accurately, as all passwords are case sensitive. Your username is the email address you used during registration – please email [email protected] if you cannot remember the email you registered with.

Absolutely! When signing up, select the tickbox 'I don't live in Australia'.

Need some inspiration? have a look at our resources to help you Leave Your Hat On.


Yes, Melanoma Institute Australia is a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status registered under the Australian Tax Office, meaning every donation made over $2 is tax deductible. When you make a donation to Leave Your Hat On, you will receive an email tax receipt.

Please first check your Junk Mail folder in your email. If the receipt is not in your Junk folder and you still haven't received it after a couple of hours please contact us at [email protected]

Payment on our site is very secure. Our payments are processed using BraintreePayments, a Paypal company. Processing donations through this platform, we had to ensure we were PCI DSS compliant, which is the utmost level of security when processing payments online. The PCI DSS compliance has been done by SecurityMetrics, leader in the security market.

Our site is also using 128 bit SSL encryption technologies site-wide, which you can see by the green lock in your browser URL bar. We ensure every available effort is made to protect the privacy of the information you provide to us. To the extent we hold such information, we encrypt all email addresses, passwords and other contact details of the Participants or people who make Donations or place Purchase Orders.

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Paypal for online donations. For cash donations, we accept cheques, EFT's and bank transfers.

Our payments are processed using Braintree Payments, a Paypal company. Braintree specialises in delivering successful eCommerce payment gateway services to thousands of merchants. Braintree is an international company with a trusted name in eCommerce solutions is at the fore front of the online payment industry. Processing donations through this platform, we had to ensure we were PCI DSS compliant, which is the utmost level of security when processing payments online.

If your question is still unanswered, please email [email protected] or call (02) 9911 7339