Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2015
Activities during the Week
Well over 450 activities were organised for Anti-Poverty Week 2015. This is the sixth consecutive year in which the total has exceeded 400, having grown from just nine activities when the Week began in 2002.
More than 600 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, service clubs, unions, disability organisations, youth groups, housing organisations, media outlets, sporting groups, local councils, financial institutions and government departments. People from hundreds of other organisations attended at least one event.
Activities during the Week in 2015 included one or more of the following:
- speech, lecture, oration, sermon, presentation, media interview
- public rally, meeting forum, seminar, workshop, conference, discussion
- training session, cooking demonstration, information stall, living library, display
- publication launch, information kit, school project, ampaign
- religious service, festival, film night, art competition, concert, fundraiser
- award, bicycle ride, walkathon, quiz
- barbecue, breakfast, tea, lunch, dinner, reception, children’s entertainment
- meal service, toy drive, clothing drive, yard maintenance.
Major national publications were launched during the Week by Anglicare Australia; CEDA WA and Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre; and St Vincent de Paul Society.
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, 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.
Prominent people who participated in the Week included Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Governor of Queensland, Paul deJersey; the Premier of NSW, Mike Baird, other senior Staten and Territory Ministers and parliamentarians; Lt General David Morrison; Emeritus Professors Gillian Triggs and Tony Vinson; Professors John Daley and Julian Disney; Tim Costello and Emma Alberici.
About 36% of the activities during the week took place in or near the centre of a capital city, 29% in an outer suburb and 34% in a regional city or country town. Venues for activities included
- Parliament House, town hall, government office, civic centre,
- welfare agency, community centre, medical centre, youth centre
- church, church hall, university, TAFE college, high school, primary school
- theatre, cultural centre, library, gallery, bookshop, sports club
- kitchen, café, hotel, restaurant, store, shopping centre
- mall, market, square, car park, railway station, esplanade, park, garden
More than 250 articles (excluding syndicated articles) were published in print or online, of which 25% were at least 500 words long. About 60% of the articles were in regional publications, with the remainder being in national or capital city publications. In addition, more than 400 syndicated articles were published, of which the majority were in regional publications.
Over 200 items were broadcast on radio or TV outlets (excluding syndicated broadcasts) of which about 11% were on TV. About 25% of the items were longer than five minutes. About 40% were on regional rather than national or metropolitan outlets. More than 45% were on commercial rather than public broadcasters.
Almost 2000 people followed APW on Twitter during, ebfore and immediately after the Week. The APW Facebook pages attracted over 800 active users during the Week.
The Week was loosely coordinated through a National Facilitating Group, with an honorary National Chair in Sydney and an honorary Deputy Chair in Adelaide. The part-time National Coordinator was based in Brisbane and the part-time National Liaison Officer in Sydney.
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, West and South West NSW); Anglicare (Tas); Baptist Care (NT); Catholic Social Services (NSW); Committee for Economic Development (WA); Foodbank(NSW/ACT); Lutheran Community Care (SA); Salvation Army (VIC); Smith Family (TAS); St Vincent de Paul (WA); Uniting Care Kippax (ACT); Uniting Communities (SA); Victorian Council of Social Services (VIC); Wesley Mission Brisbane (QLD); Youth and Family Services Logan (QLD).
This year the effectiveness of the Week was greatly strengthened by the generous support of our five Principal National Sponsors for 2015:
Valuable and much appreciated support was also provided by our Key National Sponsors:
|Catholic Health Services|
Australian Education Union
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
Catholica Social Services
Wesley Mission Brisbane
Crucial in-kind support for the Week was provided by Uniting Communities in South Australia, 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.
139 of the cities, towns suburbs and regions in which activities were held during Anti-Poverty Week 2015