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 2018 Anti Poverty Week will be held from the 14th to the 20th 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. You can read a summary of Anti-Poverty Week 2017 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 Shaun Buckton.

National and State Chairs

The national and state co-chairs are:

National Australian Capital Territory New South Wales



Julian Disney 

Director, Social Justice Project


Camilla Rowland
CEO, Marymead

Jack De Groot
CEO, St Vincent De Paul Society NSW

Frances Crimmins
ED, YWCA Canberra

Tony Davies
CEO, Social Futures



Northern Territory Queensland South Australia

Jayne Lloyd
Director, Catholic Care Northern Territory

Ian Roberts 
CEO, Anglicare North Queensland

Rosalie Pace
State Manager Commuity Services, Red Cross

Jill Smith
CEO, Council for Aboriginal Alocohol Program Services

Karyn Walsh
CEO, Micah Project

Ian Cox
CEO, Hutt Street Centre

Victoria Tasmania Western Australia

Dimity Fifer
CEO, Good Shepherd

Danny Sutton
CEO, Colony 47 

Debra Zanella
CEO, RUAH Community Services

Sue Cattermole

CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society, Victoria 

Donna Lashmar

Acting CEO, Uniting Care Tasmania

Ashley Reid
CEO, Cancer Council WA

Our Sponsors

The Principal National Sponsors for 2017 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
The Scully Fund 
  Scully fund logo from poster
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