Anti-Poverty Week runs from 15-21 October 2017

Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2007

Activities during the Week

Anti-Poverty Week began in 2002 with four activities. In 2003 there were about 30 and in 2004 about 80. The number has more than trebled since that time, so that in 2007 there was a record total of more than 250 registered activities during the Week. There were undoubtedly many other activities which were not registered.

At least 300 organisations convened or sponsored an activity during Anti-Poverty Week 2007. They included welfare agencies, community centres, overseas aid organisations, religious groups, schools, TAFEs, universities, businesses, unions, hospitals, youth groups, housing organisations, media outlets, sporting groups, local councils and government departments. Representatives of hundreds of other organisations attended at least one event.

Activities during the Week included one or more of the following:

  • speech, lecture, oration, presentation
  • meeting, forum, debate, seminar, conference
  • training session, workshop, school class, school project
  • film, exhibition, display, information stall, postcards, posters
  • religious service, prayers, sermon
  • walk, parade, rally, door knock, sleepout
  • concert, band, fair, fete, children's entertainment
  • sausage sizzle, barbecue, breakfast, tea, lunch, dinner
  • award, competition
  • meal service, donations, gift-making

Launches and openings during the Week included reports, booklets, a program, an exhibition and a guide. Further details of activities are available at www.antipovertyweek.org.au.

Participants and venues

More than 60 people spoke at activities during the Week and about another 10,000 other people participated in them. Participants included people from a very wide range of fields, including social welfare, religion, politics, health, education, housing, business, sport, the arts, economics, law and the media.

Activities were held in each State and Territory. About 50% took place in or near the centre of a capital city, 25% in an outer suburb and 25% in a regional city or country town. Venues for activities included

  • Parliament House, town hall, government office, council office
  • welfare agency, community centre, youth centre
  • hospital, health centre
  • cathedral, church, church hall
  • university, TAFE, school, library, gallery
  • concert hall, cinema, auditorium, theatre, arts centre
  • lifesaving club, cafe, hotel, restaurant
  • town centre, shopping centre, market, business office
  • street, mall, car park, square, bridge, footpath

Media References

We know of more than 400 media references to activities undertaken as part of the Week. About 260 were in radio or television outlets, a little over half of which were in commercial outlets. About 150 were newspaper articles, of which about 40% were more than 500 words in length. 

About 35% of electronic references and 75% of print references were in media outlets based in regional centres or outer suburbs of capital cities.

Coordination

The Week was loosely coordinated through a National Facilitating Group with an honorary National Chair and a part-time National Coordinator, both based in Sydney. The National Patrol was Rev. Tim Costello and several States also had Patrons. The State and Territory Co-Chairs were the heads or senior managers of:

Anglicare (Tas); ACT Council of Social Service; Benevolent Society of NSW; Cerebral Palsy Association of WA; Education Foundation Australia; Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service; Marrickville Council; NT Shelter; Queensland Council of Social Service; Salvation Army (Tas); St Vincent de Paul (SA); UnitingCare Queensland; UnitingCare WA; Volunteering SA; Youth Coalition of ACT.

Resources

The generous financial sponsors of the Week at the national level were:

  • Scully Fund
  • Mission Australia
  • World Vision Australia
  • Catholic Welfare
  • Liquor, Hospitality, Miscellaneous Workers Union
  • Australian Education Union
  • Anglicare Australia.

Valuable in-kind support was provided by UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide, which handled finances at the national level.

Total expenditure at the national level was approximately $32,000. About 50% of this amount was for the National Coordinator's wages, with the remainder being mainly for printing, the website, media monitoring, travel, postage and office expenses. Most individual activities were funded by the respective organisers or by donations obtained directly by them.