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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. In 2019 we invited the Raise the Rate campaign led by ACOSS as increasing Newstart and related payments is the single most effective way to reduce poverty in Australia. This campaign is aimed at increasing the rate of Newstart and associated allowances by $75 a week. The 2020 focus will be announced in March this year.

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 to talk about poverty.

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 11-17 October 2020.

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