Anti-Poverty Week runs from 15-21 October 2017

Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2009

Activities during the Week

More than 400 activities were registered on our website for Anti-Poverty Week 2009 which was about 15% higher than in the previous year. This continued an unbroken sequence of major growth in each year since the Week began in 2002 with just four activities. Undoubtedly there were many other activities during the Week in 2009 of which we are unaware.

At least 500 organisations convened or sponsored an activity during Anti-Poverty Week 2009. 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. People from hundreds of other organisations attended at least one event.

Activities during the Week in 2009 included one or more of the following:  

  • speech, lecture, oration, sermon, presentation, interview

  • meeting, forum, debate, resolution, seminar, conference, demonstration

  • training session, cooking class, information stall, display, expo

  • workshop, readings, school class, school project, teaching materials

  • report, survey, information pack, petition, postcard, poster

  • religious service, festival, film night, exhibition, art show, activity day

  • walk, bicycle ride, bus tour, parachute jump, stand up, football match

  • award, competition, concert, children’s entertainment

  • barbecue, breakfast, tea, lunch, dinner, trivia night, sleep-out

  • meal service, night patrol, food collection, donation.

The Prime Minister spoke at one event during the Week and his wife, Therese Rein, spoke at another. A number of Commonwealth and State Ministers also participated. Launches and openings during the Week included a directory, booklet, report, financial counselling service, meal service, jobs program, cookbook, food barn and information pack.

Further details of activities are available at www.antipovertyweek.org.au.

 Participants and venues

The number of activities during the Week has become too large to make reliable estimates of the total number of participants. However, it seems that hundreds of people spoke at activities and many more than ten thousand 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 35% took place in or near the centre of a capital city, 35% in an outer suburb and 30% 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

  • cathedral, church, church hall, university, TAFE, school, library

  • cinema, auditorium, gallery, football stadium, oval

  • café, hotel, restaurant, shopping centre, business office

  • street, mall, market, park, bus stop.

 Media References

We know of about 450 media references to activities undertaken as part of the Week. About two-thirds of them were in radio or television outlets (of which about 45% were in commercial outlets, about 30% were on television and about 20% were greater than two minutes in duration). The other one-third of recorded references were in newspaper articles, of which about 25% were more than 500 words in length. About 50% of electronic references and about 50% of print references were in media outlets based outside 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 at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. The State and Territory Co-Chairs were the heads or senior managers of the following organisations: 

Anglicare SA; Holyoake (WA); Jesuit Social Services (Vic); Liquor, Hospitality, Miscellaneous Union (Tas); Marymead Child and Family Centre (ACT); Melbourne Citymission; Mission Australia (Qld); NSW Council of Social Service; Red Cross (NT); SA Council of Social Service; Tasmanian Association of Community Housing; UnitingCare Burnside (NSW); UnitingCare Centre for Social Justice (Qld); UnitingCare Kippax (ACT); WA Council of Social Service.

Resources

This year the effectiveness of the Week was greatly strengthened by the generous support of our five Principal National Sponsors:
 

 
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Valuable assistance was also provided by our Key National Sponsors:
 
Australian Education Union
CARE Australia
Australian Nursing Federation
Mission Australia
 
Liquor, Hospitality, Miscellaneous Workers Union
St Vincent de Paul
Salvation Army

Total expenditure at the national level was approximately $75,000, of which about 50% was on posters, booklets and other promotional material and one-third was on remuneration for the part-time National Coordinator. The remainder was expended mainly on the website, media monitoring, travel, postage and office expenses. Crucial in-kind support was provided by UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide, which handled the Week’s finances at the national level.

A number of the State Co-Chairs obtained assistance from donors for activities within their States as well as providing in-kind support from their own organisations. Most individual activities during the Week were funded by the respective organisers or by donations obtained directly by them. 

          Some cities, towns and suburbs in which activities were held during the Week

Adelaide

Brisbane

Canberra

Darwin

Hobart

Melbourne

Perth

Sydney

Aberfoyle Park

Albany

Albury

Aldinga

Anula

Ascot Vale

Auburn

Bagot

Ballarat

Banora Point

Beaudesert

Beenleigh

Belair

Belconnen

Bertram

Blair Athol

Booleroo Centre

Bowden

Box Hill

Bridgewater

Burnie

Caboolture

Campbelltown

Camperdown

Carlton

Caroline Springs

Collingwood

Craigie Heights

Croydon

Cygnet

Dallas

Davoren Park

Daylesford

Earlwood

East Melbourne

East Perth

Elizabeth

Enoggera

Essendon

Ettalong

Flemington

Floreat

Florey

Footscray

Fortitude Valley

Frankston

Fulham

Geelong

Gillies Plains

Glandore

Glenorchy

Gosnells

Greenwood

Gumeracha

Hackham

Hampstead Gardens

Hawthorn

Hazelbrook

Hindmarsh

Inala

Ipswich

Kadina

Kallaroo

Kapunda

Katherine

Kelmscott

Kelvin Grove

Kensington

Kilburn

Kilkenny

Kingsley

Kogarah

Launceston

Lawnton

Ludmila

Mackay

Mannum

Maryborough

Mayfield

Meadow Heights

Melton

Midland

Milang

Milton

Moonee Ponds

Morphett Vale

Mount Gambier

Mount Gravatt

Mount Macedon

Mowbray

Nambour

Nannup

Narrogin

Nhulunbuy

Nightcliff

North Melbourne

Northbridge

Northcote

Nowra

Osborne Park

Oxenford

Paddington

Pakenham

Palmerston

Parafield

Paralowie

Petersham

Phillip

Port Augusta

Randwick

Renmark

Richmond

Riverview

Rocherlea

Rockhampton

Rockingham

Roxburgh Park

St Albans

St Kilda

Shark Island

Shorncliffe

Smithfield

South Brisbane

South Burnett

South Melbourne

Southport

Spring Hill

Springwood

Stanthorpe

Stepney

Stones Corner

Sturt

Sunbury

Surry Hills

Tara

Tea Tree Gully

Thornbury

Thornlie

Tiwi Islands

Toogoolawah

Tuggeranong

Tullamarine

Waikerie

Warradale

Warrnambool

Warwick

Warwick Farm

Waverley

West Perth

Whyalla

Wilston

Woden

Wodonga

Wollongong

Woodridge

Woodville

Yeronga