In 2019, Anti-Poverty Week will be held from the 13th to the 19th of October. Each year we will
nominate the 17 October as a Day of Action on solutions to end poverty. This year we have invited
the Raise the Rate campaign led by ACOSS to be the focus on 17 October. This campaign is aimed at
increasing the rate of Newstart and associated allowances by $75 a week.
Around a million Australians are reliant on these payments which have not been increased in real
terms for more than 25 years. Newstart at around $40 a day traps many people in poverty and
many employers say it acts as brake on job search. We can improve our social security system to lift
people out of poverty and unemployment – to truly give them a new start. Stay tuned for more on
what will be happening on the 17 October.
During Anti-Poverty Week, you can help fight poverty and hardship.
Learn how you can take action in 2019.