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 2014 Anti Poverty Week will be held from the 12th to the 18th 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 in 2013 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 Amy Williams.

National and State Chairs

The national and state co-chairs are:

National Australian Capital Territory New South Wales

Julian Disney
(Chair)
Director Social Justice Project

Paul Trezise
(Co-Chair)
CEO St. Vincent De Paul Canberra and Goulburn

Nazha Saad
(Co-Chair)
CEO St George Community Housing

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

Frances Crimmins
(Co-Chair)
Executive Director YWCA of Canberra

Tony Gatt
(Co-Chair)
Manager Foodbank NSW

Northern Territory Queensland South Australia

Sandra Cannon
(Co-Chair)
Executive Director Australian Red Cross NT

Mark Henley
(Co-Chair)
CEO Queensland Council of Social Service

Helen Lockwood
(Co-Chair)
CEO Lutheran Community Care

David Pugh
(Co-Chair)
CEO Anglicare NT

Cath Bartolo
(Co-Chair)
CEO YFS Limited

Simon Schrapel
(Co-Chair)
CEO Uniting Communities

Victoria Tasmania Western Australia

Robyn Roberts
(Co-Chair)
CEO Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service

Georgina McLagan
(Co-Chair)
Director Tasmania Centacare Family Services

John Berger
(Co-Chair)
CEO St Bartholomews House

Cathy Humphrey
(Co-Chair)

CEO Sacred Heart Mission

Alison Standen
(Co-Chair)

CEO Smith Family

Liz Ritchie
(Co-Chair)
State Director Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)


Our sponsors

The Principal National Sponsors for 2014 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 
Anglicare Australia
Anglicare Australia seeks to engage with all Australians to build communities of resilience, hope and justice. We see the inherent value of each individual and seek to create a society where everyone's capacity to particpate is welcomed and respected. In building such communities, we work to chanfe the conditions leading to deprivation and disadvanatge. 
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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