Anti-Poverty Week runs from 15-21 October 2017

Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2004

Activities during the Week

Anti-Poverty Week began in 2002 with four activities and in 2003 there were about 30. This year we know of about 80 activities and undoubtedly there were some others of which we are unaware.  

Activities in 2004 included:

  • workshops, seminars, forums and conferences
  • orations, addresses, lectures and debates
  • breakfasts, lunches, sausage sizzles, sundowners and quiz nights
  • concerts, awards, displays, exhibitions and stalls.

Launches and openings during the Week included a new building, clinic, van, kits, papers, policy statements and a special Poverty issue of ACOSS's quarterly journal, Impact.

Further details of activities are available on the website at www.antipovertyweek.org.au (which averaged 1000 hits per day during October).

Venues

Activities were held in each State and Territory except, so far as we know, the Northern Territory. About half of them took place in or near the centre of a capital city, a quarter were in an outer suburb and another quarter were in a regional city or country town.

The venues for activities included:

  • Parliament Houses and town halls
  • welfare agencies, church halls and community centres
  • universities, TAFEs, schools and libraries
  • RSL clubs, bowling clubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes
  • shopping centres, markets and footpaths.

Participants

More than 120 people spoke at activities during the Week and about 4000 other people participated in them.

Speakers included the Governor of NSW (Prof Marie Bashir), Chief Justice de Jersey of Queensland, Premiers Gallop of WA and Lennon of Tasmania, several Ministers and other MPs, and two Australians of the Year (Prof Fiona Stanley and Sir Gus Nossal).

Speakers also included Rev Tim Costello, Rev Bill Crews, Janet Holmes a Court, Prof Robert Manne, Andrew McCallum, Jeff McMullen and many other people from fields such as social welfare, churches, health, education, housing, business, economics and law.

At least 150 organisations convened, sponsored or provided a speaker for an event. They included welfare agencies, religious groups, unions, schools, TAFEs and universities, businesses, law and health centres, women’s and ethnic groups, radio stations, local councils and government departments. Representatives of hundreds of other organisations attended at least one event.

Media References

There were more than 300 media references to activities undertaken as part of the Week.

About 90% of the references were news items, with most of the remainder being longer interviews or stories. More than 50% of all radio or TV references were on commercial outlets, including at least ten TV channels.

A key media goal for this year was to expand the number of references in media outlets based outside the capital cities. Almost 40% of electronic and 50% of print references fell into this category, involving outlets based in over 50 cities and towns.  

Coordination

The Week was loosely coordinated through a National Facilitating Group with an honorary National Chair in Sydney and a part-time National Coordinator based in Melbourne.

Most States had an informal State Facilitating Group chaired by a senior representative of Anglicare (WA), Catholic Social Services (Vic), Mission Australia (NSW), Shelter (Qld) and UnitingCare (SA). Informal coordinating roles were also played in each State by representatives of the local Council of Social Service.

Resources

The main national donors for the Week were the Scully Fund, Anglicare, Catholic Welfare, Mission Australia, Smith Family, UnitingCare and World Vision. Major in-kind supporters were the Brotherhood of St Laurence (the Coordinator’s office space and resources) and Anglicare Victoria (financial administration). Other donors or in-kind supporters included the Australian and NSW Councils of Social Service, Anglicare Australia, The Big Issue and the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union.

The total expenditure at the national level was approximately $20,000. About 60% of this amount was for the National Coordinator’s wages, with the remainder being mainly for printing, the website, and media monitoring.

Most individual activities at State, Territory and local level were funded by the organisers or by donors obtained directly by them.