Anti-Poverty Week runs from 13-19 October 2019

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 2019, Anti-Poverty Week will be held from the 13th to the 19th 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 docxsummary of Anti-Poverty Week 2018 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 Eexecutive Director is Toni Wren and the National Liaison Officer is Jenny Cao.

National and State Chairs

The national and state co-chairs are:

National Australian Capital Territory New South Wales


Eileen Baldry

Deputy Vice Chancellor Inclusion and Diversity, UNSW

Ian Carter

CEO, Anglicare WA


Susan Helyar 
Director, ACT Council of Social Service



Nada Nasser 
State Director, Mission Australia NSW



Joanna Quilty 
CEO, NSW Council of Social Service


Northern Territory Queensland South Australia





Sandy Paton

President, Capricorn Community Development Association



Peter Sandeman
CEO, Anglicare South Australia



Matt Gardiner
Executive Director, The Benevolent Society



Greg Pattinson
CEO, Foodbank South Australia

Victoria Tasmania Western Australia


Jenny Davidson
CEO, Council of Single Mothers and their Children, Victoria


Justin Cooper
Children and Families Stream Manager, Salvation Army Tasmania 



Bev Jowle
Executive Officer, Financial Counsellors Association WA


Vicki Sutton

CEO, Melbourne City Mission 


Chris Demeyer

Families and Community Service Manager, Baptcare Tasmania



David Cain
Executive Director, Communicare

Our Sponsors

The Principal National Sponsors for 2018 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