Anti-Poverty Week runs from 15-21 October 2017

Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2011

Activities during the Week 

More than 400 activities were organised for Anti Poverty Week in 2011. This is the second year in which the toal has exceeded 400, having grown from just four activities when the Week began in 2002. 

More than 500 organisations convened or sponsored an activity during the Week. They included welfare agencies, community centres, overseas aid organisations, religious groups, schools, libraries, TAFEs, universities, businesses, unions, disability organisations, 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 2011 included one or more of the following: 

  • speech, lecture, oration, sermon, presentaion, media interview
  • meeting, forum, debate, seminar, symposium, conference, discussion 
  • training session, cooking demonstration, information stall, display, expo 
  • workshop, school project, book group, photography 
  • report, survey, information kit, brochure, petition, poster, campaign
  • religious service, festival, film night, art exhibition, busking, concert 
  • award, competition, community day, bicycle ride, children's entertainment 
  • barebque, brerakfast, tea, lunch, dinner, trivia night, sleep-out
  • meal service, toy drive, clothing drive, food collection, fundraiser. 

Prominent people who participated in the Week included Kevin Rudd, Jenny Macklin, Ted Baillieu, Lara Giddings, Kate Ellis, Clare Martin, Frank Brennan, Steve Moneghetti, Tim Costello, Cassandra Goldie, Simon McKeon, Peter Dutton, Poh Ling Yeow and the Brisbane Roar football team.

Major publications or campaigns were launched by Anglicare Australia; Anglicare Tasmania; Australian Council of Social Service’ Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; Australians for Affordable Housing;  Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service; Make Poverty History; Oaktree Foundation; Queensland Council of Social Service; Society of St Vincent de Paul; South Australian Council of Social Service; Tasmanian Social Inclusion Commissioner; Victorian Council of Social Service.

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, several hundred people spoke at activities and many thousands of 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, law and the media.

Activities were held in each State and Territory. About 45% took place in or near the centre of a capital city, 30% in an outer suburb and 20% 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, RSL club, trades hall
  • cathedral, church, church hall, university, TAFE, school, library, art gallery
  •  cinema, amphitheatre, stadium, oval, tennis centre, gymnasium  
  • café, hotel, restaurant, bar, shopping centre, street, mall, market, park

Media References

We know of more than 400 media references to activities undertaken as part of the Week. About 240 of them were in radio or television outlets (evenly divided between commercial and public broadcasters) of which about 25% were longer than five minutes in duration. The remaining 160 or so recorded references were in newspaper articles, of which about 30% were more than 500 words in length.

About two-thirds of print references and about one-third of radio and TV references were in media outlets based outside capital cities. APW Facebook pages attracted an average of about 150 active users each day during the Week and about 200 people followed APW on Twitter. 

Coordination

The Week was loosely coordinated through a National Facilitating Group, with the two honorary National Co-Chairs being based in Adelaide and Sydney, assisted in each case by a part-time staff member. Key organisational roles were played by Co-Chairs and Facilitating Groups in each State and Territory. These Co-Chairs were the heads or senior managers of the following organisations:

Anglicare (ACT); Anglicare (Victoria); Baptistcare (WA); Benevolent Society (Qld); Boystown (Qld); Colony 47 (Tas); Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (SA); Mission Australia (Tas); Northern Territory Council of Social Service; Ruah Community Services (WA); Sacred Heart Mission (Vic); St Vincent de Paul (NSW); ); St Vincent de Paul (NT); Smith Family (SA); Welfare Rights Centre Sydney.  

Resources

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


jobs-australia

Red Cross logo

unsw logo

virgin

Valuable assistance was also provided by our Key National Sponsors:

Anglicare Australia 
Australian Education Union
Mission Australia 
St Vincent de Paul
Australian Nursing Federation 
Salvation Army
Care Australia 
Foundation for Young Australians 

Crucial in-kind support for the Week was provided by UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide, which continued to handle 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 Anti-Poverty Week 2011 

Adelaide
Brisbane
Canberra
Darwin
Hobart
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
 
Aberfoyle Park
Albany
Albury
Alstonville
Arndale
Asquith
Balaclava
Ballarat
Barnawartha
Bass Hill
Battery Point
Beenleigh
Belmont
Beaudesert
Berriedale
Bowen Hills
Bowral
Broome
Browns Plains
Caboolture
Campbelltown
Camperdown
Carlton
Casula
Christies Beach
Collingwood
Clarence
 
 
Coromandel Valley
Corrimal
Daylesford
Deception Bay
Devonport
Doncaster
Dubbo
East Melbourne
East Nowra
Elizabeth Downs
Enoggera
Epping
Essendon
Fannie Bay
Fitzroy
Footscray
Fortitude Valley
Fremantle
Gawler
Geelong
Glebe
Gold Coast
Gosford
Gosnells
Granville
Heathfield
Hervey Bay
Holden hill
Ipswich
Jamboree Heights
Kalgoorlie
Kapunda
Kelmscott
Kempsey
Kensington
Kent Town
Kingaroy
Launceston
Lilydale
Logan
Logan West
Mackay
Malak
Maleny
Malvern
Mandurah
Mannum
Marion
Marochydore
Meadow Heights
Melton
Meredith
Merimbula
Milton
Mitchell Park
Moruya
Mt Annan
Mt Barker
Mt Gambier
Mt Gravatt
Murray Bridge
Nambour
Nambucca Heads
Newcastle
North Fitzroy
North Melbourne
Nowra
Paddington
Port Augusta
Port Lincoln
Port Pirie
Preston
Prestons
Queenscliff
Redlands
ReEnmark
Reynella
Richmond
Rockhampton
Rosebud
Rutherglen
Seaford
South Hedland
Spring Hill
Springfield
St Albans
St Kilda
St Marys
Stuart Park
Sunshine
Sydenham
Tea Tree Gully
Tecoma
Thirroul
Torrens Valley
Wandana
Wangaratta
Warrnambool
Warwick Farm
West End
West Lakes
Wodonga
Woolloomooloo
Yarraville