Anti-Poverty Week runs from 15-21 October 2017

About Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas. It was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17.  In 2017 Anti Poverty Week will be held from the 15th to the 21st of October.

Some activities are organised by welfare and health organisations, religious groups, community organisations, schools and youth groups. Many other types of organisation also arrange activities, including government departments, local councils, business organisations, universities and sporting and cultural groups. pdfYou can read a summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2016 here.

Facilitating Group

Anti-Poverty Week is overseen by Facilitating Groups at the national and state/territory level. They include representatives from major organisations and social welfare services which are actively involved in efforts to reduce poverty and hardship in Australia and overseas. The current Co-Chairs of the Facilitating Groups are shown below. The National Coordinator is Jill Lang and the National Liaison Officer is Sarah Kim.

National and State Chairs

The national and state co-chairs are:

National Australian Capital Territory New South Wales

Julian Disney
Director, Social Justice Project

Jeremy Halcrow
CEO, Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT

Tracy Howe
CEO, New South Wales Council of Social Service

Lynn Arnold AO
(Deputy Chair)
Minister, faith in the public square St Peters Cathedral Adelaide

Frances Crimmins
ED, YWCA Canberra

Peter Worland
ED, Uniting Care NSW/ACT

Northern Territory Queensland South Australia

Jayne Lloyd
Director, Catholic Care Northern Territory

Geoff Batkin
ED, Wesley Mission Queensland

Rosalie Pace
State Manager Commuity Services, Red Cross

Karyn Walsh
CEO, Micah Project

Ian Cox
CEO, Hutt Street Centre

Victoria Tasmania Western Australia

Emma King
CEO, Victorian Council of
Social Service

Daryl Lamb
Deputy CEO, Anglicare Tasmania

Mark Fitzpatrick
CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society Western Australia

Captain Jason Davies-Kildea

Manager, Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory

Lindy O'Neill

CEO, Uniting Care Tasmania

Craig Heatley
Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Our Sponsors

The Principal National Sponsors for 2016 are:

Brotherhood of St Laurence
Our mission is to research, develop and deliver innovative and high quality services, practices and policies to drive change that benefits all Australians. We work with others to create an Australia free of poverty for this and future generations: a fair and compassionate and just society where all can fully particpate in social and economic life, create and share prosperity and treat each other with dignity and respect. 745 BSL logo colr B
Australian Red Cross
We help tens of millions of people around the world each year and care for local communities in Australia and Asia Pacific. With more than 100 million volunteers worldwide and 60,000 members and volunteers in Australia we can reach people and places like nobody else. Relief in times of crisis, care when it's needed most and commitment when others turn away. Red Cross is there for people in need, no matter who you are, no matter where you live. Red Cross logo
St Vincent de Paul
The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society. SVDP LOGO PC 
University of New South Wales
Anti-Poverty Week was founded by the Social Justice Project in the Law Faculty of the University of New South Wales and the National Office has been based there since 2004. The Law Faculty generously provides a work space and use of office equipment. unsw logo

The following organisations also sponsor Anti-Poverty Week:

Key National Sponsors