Anti-Poverty Week runs from 13-19 October 2019

About Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas. It was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17.  In 2019, Anti-Poverty Week will be held from the 13th to the 19th of October.

Some activities are organised by welfare and health organisations, religious groups, community organisations, schools and youth groups. Many other types of organisation also arrange activities, including government departments, local councils, business organisations, universities and sporting and cultural groups. You can read a docxsummary of Anti-Poverty Week 2018 here. 

Facilitating Group

Anti-Poverty Week is overseen by Facilitating Groups at the national and state/territory level. They include representatives from major organisations and social welfare services which are actively involved in efforts to reduce poverty and hardship in Australia and overseas. The current Co-Chairs of the Facilitating Groups are shown below. The Eexecutive Director is Toni Wren and the National Liaison Officer is Jenny Cao.

National and State Chairs

The national and state co-chairs are:

National Australian Capital Territory New South Wales

 

Eileen Baldry
(Co-Chair)

Deputy Vice Chancellor Inclusion and Diversity, UNSW

Ian Carter
(Co-Chair)

CEO, Anglicare WA

 

Susan Helyar 
(Co-Chair)
Director, ACT Council of Social Service

 

 

Nada Nasser 
(Co-Chair)
State Director, Mission Australia NSW

 

 

Joanna Quilty 
(Co-Chair)
CEO, NSW Council of Social Service

  

Northern Territory Queensland South Australia

 

 

 

 

Sandy Paton
(Co-Chair)

President, Capricorn Community Development Association

 

 

Peter Sandeman
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Anglicare South Australia

 

 

Matt Gardiner
(Co-Chair)
Executive Director, The Benevolent Society

 

 

Greg Pattinson
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Foodbank South Australia

Victoria Tasmania Western Australia

 

Jenny Davidson
(Co-Chair)
CEO, Council of Single Mothers and their Children, Victoria

 

Justin Cooper
(Co-Chair)
Children and Families Stream Manager, Salvation Army Tasmania 

 

 

Bev Jowle
(Co-Chair)
Executive Officer, Financial Counsellors Association WA

 

Vicki Sutton
(Co-Chair)

CEO, Melbourne City Mission 

 

Chris Demeyer
(Co-Chair)
 

Families and Community Service Manager, Baptcare Tasmania

 

 

David Cain
(Co-Chair)
Executive Director, Communicare
 



Our Sponsors

The Principal National Sponsors for 2018 are:

Brotherhood of St Laurence
Our mission is to research, develop and deliver innovative and high quality services, practices and policies to drive change that benefits all Australians. We work with others to create an Australia free of poverty for this and future generations: a fair and compassionate and just society where all can fully particpate in social and economic life, create and share prosperity and treat each other with dignity and respect. 745 BSL logo colr B
The Scully Fund 
  Scully fund logo from poster
St Vincent de Paul
The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society. SVDP LOGO PC 
University of New South Wales
Anti-Poverty Week was founded by the Social Justice Project in the Law Faculty of the University of New South Wales and the National Office has been based there since 2004. The Law Faculty generously provides a work space and use of office equipment. unsw logo

The following organisations also sponsor Anti-Poverty Week:

Key National Sponsors