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Anti-Poverty Week supports the Australian community to have an increased understanding of poverty and to take action collectively to end it.

Since 2002, we’ve been active every year in the week around the 17th of October, the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  During this week, we encourage all Australians to take action and focus on positive solutions to end poverty. We work with our network of diverse voices and organisations in order to increase awareness of poverty in Australia and globally. At a national and state level we are reaching out to some new audiences who are not already at the forefront of this work including employers and those in rural and regional Australia as well as re-energising our connection with younger Australians.

Each year we choose an evidence-based solution to be a focus and partner with the leading campaign/organisation in that space to take action to end poverty. Ensuring all Australians have a home and partnering with the Everybody’s Home campaign was the focus in 2020. We also continued to partner with the Raise the Rate campaign led by ACOSS to ensure unemployment payments never go back to $40 a day.  That campaign was our focus in 2019 and we welcome the Federal Government’s decision to pay an extra $550 per fortnight Coronavirus Supplement but are concerned its planned removal in late September will plunge more than 2 million Australians into deep poverty.  In 2021 and 2022 our focus will be on halving child and family poverty by 2030.   This will align with UN Sustainable Development Goals

See our APW Strategic Direction 2019-21.

In bringing positive solutions to poverty to the forefront of the conversation, we have created a helpful guide for you on How We Talk about Poverty In Australia.

We will be continuing to encourage a range of activities in regions, towns and cities from individuals and organisations focusing on this issue or any particular aspect of poverty they are most concerned about throughout the week, which will be 17-23 October 2021.

You can stay up to date by signing up to our eNewsletter here. 

See 2021 eNews:

Pandemic continues hardship without support, 28 June 2021 eNews

Pre-Budget Update, 5 May 2021 eNews

End of the Coronavirus Supplement, 1 April 2021 eNews

More than 1 million children affected by cuts starting in 1 week, 25 March 2021 eNews

Historic chance to tackle poverty, 12 February 2021 eNews