Anti-Poverty Week runs from 15-21 October 2017

Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2016

Activities during the Week

 

More than 450 activities were organised for Anti-Poverty Week 2016. This is the eighth 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 2016 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, display
  • publication launch, information kit, school project, campaign
  • 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.

Major publications were launched during the Week by Australian Council of Social Service, Centacare Central Queensland, Financial Counselling Australia and The Salvation Army

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 tens of thousands of people participated in them.

Prominent participants from government and politics included the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove; Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman; Chief Minister of the ACT, Andrew Barr; and many other Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers, Shadow Minsters and parliamentarians. Other participants included leaders from a very wide range of fields, including social welfare, religion, health, education, housing, business, sport, the arts, law and the media.

About 28% of the activities during the Week took place in or near the centre of a capital city; 38% in an outer suburb of a capital city; and 34% in a regional city or country town. Venues included the following:

  • 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, sporting facility
  •  kitchen, café, hotel, restaurant, store, shopping centre
  •  mall, market, square, car park, railway station, esplanade, park

 Media References

 

At least 260 different articles relating to the Week were published in print or online, of which 28% were at least 500 words long. About 59% of these articles were in metropolitan publications. Because many of the articles were published in more than one publication, the overall total of published articles exceeded 500.

Substantial references to the Week were made in at least 125 items on radio or TV of which about 14% were on TV. About 23% of the items were longer than five minutes. About 38% were on national or metropolitan outlets, and about 81% were on public broadcasters. Because many of these items were broadcast in the same form through more than one radio or TV outlet, the total number of broadcast items exceeded 900. 

It is estimated that the Week was mentioned prominently on more than 100 websites. It was also the subject of hundreds of items on social media and attracted thousands of active Facebook users during the Week.

 

 Coordination

 

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 (with the relevant State or Territory shown in brackets) :

Anglicare (ACT); Anglicare (Tas); Catholic Care (NT); Hutt St Centre (SA); Micah Projects (Qld); New South Wales Council of Social Service (NSW); Pricewaterhouse Coopers (WA); Red Cross (SA); Salvation Army (Vic); St Vincent de Paul (WA); Uniting (NSW); Uniting Care (Tas); Victorian Council of Social Service (Vic); Wesley Mission Queensland (Qld) and YWCA Canberra (ACT).

 

 Resources

 

The effectiveness of the Week was greatly strengthened by the generous support of our Principal National Sponsors for 2016:   

 

 

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Valuable and much appreciated support was also provided by our Key National Sponsors:

Anglicare Australia

Australian Education Union

National Union of Workers

United Voice

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Caritas Australia

Catholic Healthcare

Uniting Communities SA

Wesley Mission Queensland

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.

 

143 of the cities, towns and suburbs in which activities
were held during Anti-Poverty Week 2016

 

 

 

Adelaide

Chifley

Kilkenny

Port Augusta

Brisbane

Cloncurry

Kingaroy

Port Lincoln

Canberra

Coober Pedy

Kingborough

Port Pirie

Darwin

Coolangatta

Launceston

Preston

Hobart

Corio

Crawley

Leongatha

Queanbeyan

Melbourne

Crookwell

Lismore

Rasmussen

Perth

Dee Why

Ludmilla

Richmond

Sydney

Devonport

Mackay

Rivervale

Aitkenvale

Docklands

Manunda

Rockingham

Albany

Dubbo

Maroochydore

Modbury

Rosebud

Albert Park

Dulong

Morley

Seymour

Alice Springs

East Perth

Morningside

Somerville

Armadale

Fannie Bay

Mount Isa

South Barwon

Ayr

Fitzroy

Mount Druitt

South Yarra

Ballarat East

Flaxton

Mount Gambier

Sunshine

Surry Hills

Barossa Valley

Fremantle

Mudgee

Tamworth

Bendigo

Gagebrook

Murdoch

Tennant Creek

Bentley

Gawler

Murray Bridge

Torrensville

Berserker

Geebung

Narooma

Toukley

Braddon

Geraldton

Narrabri

Tumut

Bray Park

Girrawheen

Narrabundah

Tweed Heads

Brighton

Glenorchy

New Norfolk

Ulladulla

Broken Hill

Goolwa

Newhaven

Victor Harbour

Buderim

Goulburn

Noarlunga Downs

Wagga Wagga

Bundaberg

Gray

Norwood

Wandal

Burnie

Guildford

Nowra

Wangaratta

Busselton

Hackett

Nuriootpa

Warners Bay

Cairnlea

Herdsman Cove

Orana

Whyalla

Cairns

Howrah

Osborne Park

Windsor

Camden

Inverell

Ouse

Winmalee

Carlton

Joondalup

Parramatta

Wollongong

Casuarina

Kalgoorlie

Payneham

Woolloomooloo

Ceduna

Katherine

Petersham

Yarraville

Cessnock

Katoomba

Phillip

Yass

Chermside

Kensington

Point Cook

Yeppoon