Anti-Poverty Week starts Sunday 11 October and the community is coming together to call for a permanent increase in JobSeeker and further action to avoid hunger and homelessness.
2020 has shown we can take action to protect those already living in poverty and those affected by the bushfires, the pandemic and now deep recession. We can dramatically reduce poverty and homelessness. These emergency responses must now be turned into permanent policies that ensure all living in Australia, including those on temporary visas, have the chance to thrive.
Anti-Poverty Week 2020 will run from 11 to 17 October this year but our supporters have been active much earlier responding to the challenges faced by those most disadvantaged. We know this pandemic has hit those already vulnerable harder than others. In 2020 we’ve been partnering with both the Everybody’s Home campaign to ensure secure and affordable homes for all and the Raise the Rate for Good campaign to secure a permanent increase in unemployment payments well above the poverty line. These are the most effective solutions to reducing poverty in Australia.
Three national research reports will be released during Anti-Poverty Week: the 2020 Hunger Report by Foodbank (Monday 12/10), the 2020 Jobs Availability Snapshot by Anglicare Australia (Wednesday 14/10) and a new report charting the way forward from the Salvation Army “A Pathway to Social Justice” (Friday 16/10). The Vulnerable Australian Index, a new data model to identify need, will be launched on 14/10.
There’s also a strong line-up of webinars focused on the Federal Budget (ACOSS 12/10); affordable housing and homelessness, child poverty and families under stress; older women’s resilience and charting the way forward. The Salvation Army partners will run the Moneycare financial counselling services in person and online throughout Australia.
Council buildings across Tasmania will be lit up and awards ceremonies for our 6th Pens against Poverty student writing competition will be held – extended now beyond the ACT to more parts of NSW and West Australia. The Governor General and Mrs Hurley will also be visiting a social housing estate in Canberra, hosted by St Vincent de Paul Canberra/Goulburn.
See our Calendar for more details. Due to COVID restrictions on gatherings, we’ll also be hearing from people with lived experience of poverty and supporters through a number of vibrant short videos which will be shared on social media and other platforms.