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 Shaun Buckton.

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

Camilla Rowland
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Marymead

Jack De Groot
(Co-Chair)
CEO, St Vincent De Paul Society NSW

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

Frances Crimmins
(Co-Chair)
ED, YWCA Canberra

Tony Davies
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Social Futures

 

 

Northern Territory Queensland South Australia

Jayne Lloyd
(Co-Chair)
Director, Catholic Care Northern Territory

Ian Roberts 
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Anglicare North Queensland

Rosalie Pace
(Co-Chair)
State Manager Commuity Services, Red Cross

Jill Smith
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Council for Aboriginal Alocohol Program Services

Karyn Walsh
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Micah Project

Ian Cox
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Hutt Street Centre

Victoria Tasmania Western Australia

Dimity Fifer
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Good Shepherd

Danny Sutton
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Colony 47 

Debra Zanella
(Co-Chair)
CEO, RUAH Community Services

Sue Cattermole
(Co-Chair)

Manager, Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory

Donna Lashmar
(Co-Chair)
 

Acting CEO, Uniting Care Tasmania

Ashley Reid
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Ngala
 


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