Summary of Anti Poverty Week in 2017
Activities During the Week
Over 450 activities were organised for Anti-Poverty Week 2017. This is the ninth consecutive year in which the total has exceeded 400, having grown from just nine activities when the Week began in 2001.
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 and government departments. People from hundreds of other organisations attended at least one event.
Activities during the Week in 2017 included one or more of the following:
- speech, lecture, oration, sermon, presentation, media interview
- public rally, meeting, forum, seminar, workshop, 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, quiz
- barbecue, breakfast, tea, lunch, dinner, reception, children’s entertainment
- meal service, toy drive, clothing drive.
Major publications were launched during the Week by Anglicare, Australian Council of Social Service, Catholic Social Services, Centacare Central Queensland, Foodbank 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 as well as senior State and Territory Ministers, Commonwealth and State Shadow Ministers and parliamentarians. Other participants included leaders from a very wide range of fields, including local government, social welfare, religion, health, education, housing, business, the arts, law and the media.
About 30% of the activities during the Week took place in or near the centre of a capital city; 28% in an outer suburb of a capital city; and 42% 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, cafe, hotel, restaurant, store, shopping centre
- mall, market, square, car park, esplanade, park
At least 240 different articles relating to the Week were published in print or online, of which 22% were at least 500 words long. About 31% of these articles were in national or state wide 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 105 items on radio or TV of which about 9% were on TV. About 24% of the items were longer than five minutes. About 40% were on national or metropolitan outlets, and about 56% 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.
The Week was loosely coordinated through a National Facilitating Group, with an honorary National Chair in Sydney. 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 (Nth Qld); Anglicare (Tas); CAAPS (NT); Cancer Council (WA); Colony 47 (Tas); Good Shepherd (Vic); Hutt St Centre (SA); Marymead (ACT); Micah Projects (Qld); Red Cross (SA); Ruah (WA); Social Futures (NSW); Uniting Care (Tas); Vinnies (NSW); Vinnies (Vic) and YWCA Canberra (ACT).
The effectiveness of the Week was greatly strengthened by the generous support of our Principal National Sponsors for 2017:
Valuable and much-appreciated support was also provided by our Key National Sponsors:
Catholic Health Australia
Australian Education Union
Catholic Social Services
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Union
Wesley Mission Qld
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.