Anti-Poverty Week runs from 13-19 October 2019

Activities in 2003

Monday 13th October

Description [venue] Contact
Perth: Opening Event for Anti-Poverty Week in WA: with WACOSS and other participating agencies including representatives from Anglicare, Centacare, St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army and Mission Australia
[Oxfam CAA, Perth]
Ian Carter,
Anglicare WA,
ph:08 9325 7033
Canberra: Press Conference on Priorities for Poverty Reduction: Archbishop Ndungane of Cape Town
Parliament House, Canberra
Greg Thompson,
ph:03 9882 6517

Melbourne: Opening Event for Anti-Poverty Week in Victoria
Speakers from: VCOSS, National Coalition against Poverty, Catholic Social Services, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Anglicare
[All Saints Parish Hall, Fitzroy

Fr Joe Caddy,
Catholic Social Services,
ph:03 9287 5566
Adelaide: Anti Poverty Week Launch in SA
Speakers: Commissioner Klynton Wanganeen (ATSIC Commissioner); Sally McHenry (Oxfam Community Aid Abroad)
[Torrens Building 220 Victoria Square]
Mark Henley,
Adelaide Central Mission,
08 8202 5111


Canberra: International Dimensions of Poverty and Hardship - Focus on Africa
Archbishop Ndungane of Capetown, others TBC
[Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra]
ph:03 9882 6517
Sydney: New South Wales Launch of Anti-Poverty Week
Speakers: Linda Burney, MLA for Canterbury, Professor John Dwyer on international poverty, and Tony Vinson on the reality of poverty in NSW by postcode.
[Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House]


RSVP: Wendy Hall
Canberra: Forum: 'Poverty, Hardship and Child Health in Rural Australia'
Speakers include: Dr Nigel Stewart, Regional Pediatrician and Chairperson of NRHA; Liz Harris, Director, Centre for Health, Equity, Training, Research and Evaluation, University of NSW; Dr Ben Bartlett to talk on Indigenous child health, Tony Windsor MP, Member for New England, on regional politics and rural children and Dr Nigel Stewart on health services for children in rural and remote Australia.
[Regatta Point, Commonwealth Park, Acton, Canberra]
National Rural Health Alliance:

Tuesday 14th October

Description [venue] Contact
Brisbane: Building Community Capacity to Break out of Poverty: a one-day seminar showcasing local examples of community capacity success stories.
Facilitator: Lyla Rogan, RPR Consulting
ph:07 3832 1266
Adelaide: Launch of UnitingCare Wesley in SA
Speakers: Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson Nelson, Governor of South Australia, and Prof. Julian Disney
[Stamford Hotel, Glenelg]
Adelaide: Lunchtime Forum on Poverty at Home and Abroad: . Speakers include: Lowitja O'Donoghue, former ATSIC Chair and a Patron of Anti-Poverty Week, and Julian Disney, former World President, International Council on Social Welfare.
[10 Pitt St, Adelaide]
Sydney: Seminar: Education and Poverty: Professor Alan Hayes (Dean and Head of the Division for the Australian Centre for Educational Studies at Macquarie University): 'Reducing the gradient by increasing opportunity: historical and contemporary insights into the problem of poverty' and:
Dr Rob Simons (Smith Family): 'The importance of lifelong learning in becoming a high-achieving and equitable society: building a better context for children to learn from experience'
[The Dixon Room, State Library of NSW]
Kylie Park
The Smith Family
p:02 9550 4422
Melbourne: Oxfam Community Aid Abroad public forum: Ethiopia - the Forgotten Emergency/ Implications of the recent WTO meeting in Cancun.
Speakers include: Age journalist Liz Gooch and Oxfam Program coordinator Andy Kenyon, both recently returned from Ethiopia, and a representative of Oxfam International [TBA] to discuss the WTO meeting and impacts on global poverty. Finger food and drinks provided. Entry by gold coin donation.
[Colllingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford]
RSVP by Tuesday Oct 7:
Leigh Stewart e:

Wednesday 15th October

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Melbourne: Press Conference: Poverty Black Holes in Australia.
Father Peter Norden will present a preview of the research study undertaken in NSW and Victoria to analyse the extent to which poverty and disadvantage is concentrated in particular postcode areas.
[371 Church St, Richmond]
Fr Peter Norden
Policy Director
Jesuit Social Services
p:03 9427 7388
Brisbane: Roundtable discussion: Poverty and Rent in the 200km City.
Housing affordability and growing poverty from Mermaid beach to Maroochydore. Guests will include key representatives from industry, local government and councils.
[Yungaba Centre]
Adrian Pisarski
Queensland Shelter
p:07 3393 2433

Thursday 16th October

Description [venue] Contact
Canberra: Round Table: Financing for Development Foundation for Development Cooperation
[Kurrajong Hotel, Canberra]
Beris Gwynne,
ph:07 3236 4633
Melbourne: Banking on the Margins: a one-day conference looking at alternative provision of financial services to low-income consumers in Australia.
Keynote speaker: Rosalind Copisarow, founder of institution Fundusz Mikro in Poland, and Street in the UK.
[Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne]

Genevieve Sheehan
Micro Credit Project
Brotherhood of St Laurence
ph:03 9483 1432

Perth: SAAP SAC Service Delivery Forum
Keynote speaker: Robert Fitzgerald, Community and Disability Services Commissioner, NSW: 'Too Busy doing the Business to do the Business'
Information/registration e:
Perth: AGM of No Interest Loans
Guest speaker: Robert Fitzgerald, 'Is the Poverty Safety Net Keeping up with Inequality?'
Sydney: Oxfam UNSW and UNSW Social Justice Project presents: Fighting Poverty - The Indigenous Way
Speakers: Reverend Bill Simon, Elder of the Redfern Area; Sue Green, Aboriginal Education Program, UNSW Campus; Brenda McDonald, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry AND 'Soundbytes' from Indigenous Students PLUS Indigenous Artists
[Esme's Café, University of NSW]
Clara Cheong
p:02 9808 1854
Melbourne: Tackling Poverty amid Wealth: Microfinance in industrialised countries: The Brotherhood of St Laurence's annual Sambell Oration (free public lecture).
Speaker: Rosalind Copisarow, founder of institution Fundusz Mikro in Poland, and Street, UK.
[Melbourne Town Hall]

Rosemary Iacono
Brotherhood of St Laurence
p:03 9483 1393 e:

October 9
p:03 9483 1122

Brisbane:  The Second Common Wealth for the Common Good Address: 'The Moral Challenges of Shaping a Sustainable Earth Community'
Keynote speaker: Christine
[O'Shea Centre, Wilston, Brisbane]
Social Action Office:
p:07 3891 5866


Friday 17th October

Description [venue] Contact
Hobart:Anti-Poverty Day Breakfast
Prof Tim McCormack (Melbourne University)
Hadleys Hotel, Hobart]
David Owen,
ph:03 6231 0755
Melbourne: 'Launch of Poverty in Australia Scorecard and Job Creation Postcard Campaign' by NCAP (National Coalition Against Poverty)

Hosted by: Actress Alison Whyte with key speakers Cath Smith, CEO, VCOSS, Rev Sue Gorman, Uniting Church, Nick Costello, NCAP member with firsthand experience of unemployment.

[Lower Hall, Salvation Army Building, 69 Bourke St, Melbourne]

Mark Zirnsak, NCAP,
ph:9251 5265
Melbourne: 'Launch of Education and Poverty Booklet'

Special guest speaker: Joan Kirner, former Premier of Victoria.

[Uniting Care Sunshine Mission, Melbourne]

ph:03 9364 3200
ph:03 9311 5900
Perth: Information services expo: For Richer or Poorer: Making Ends Meet.
Come along and see what services and agencies can help you improve your financial situation, with info on food, legal issues, housing, money and jobs.
[Undercroft Perth Town Hall, Cnr Barrack and Hay Streets]
WA Anglicare
p:08 9325 7033,
Brisbane: Fair Go! Lunch: to mark Anti-Poverty Week 2003 and to raise funds for a QCOSS study into Poverty in Queensland.
Guest speakers: Ms Quentin Bryce, AC, Governor of Queensland and Dr Mark Peel, Monash University.
MC: Steve Austin of 612ABC
Special 'Ninth Guest' offer to QCOSS members
Did you know one in every nine people is experiencing poverty or economic hardship? Invite someone who is experiencing such difficulties as the ninth guest on your table of ten, and they will attend free.
[Queensland Cricketers' Club, 411 Vulture Street, East Brisbane
ph: 07 3832 1266
e: form:

Related Activities

Anglicare Australia 'Break the Cycle' Campaign
Almost 680,000 Australian children are growing up in jobless households. Many are living in poverty and risk handing disadvantage on to their children. Break the cycle is calling for governments to halve the number of kids growing up in jobless households by 2008.

To find out how you can help break the cycle:

Anglicare Australia

Breaking the Silence: A conference on poverty
20-21 November 2003, Coffs Harbour Education Campus, Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW.

The key objectives of the conference are:

  • To uncover the 'hidden issues' of poverty and social suffering in Australia with specific reference to regional Australia, and Coffs Harbour.
  • To develop an on-going commitment to similar conferences every two years and to collaborate with other regional organisations to this effect.
  • To work with local community organisations in order to create and develop achievable solutions to local issues.

The conference is a joint initiative between Coffs Harbour Education Campus, Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW - North Coast Institute, Mid-North Coast Regional Council for Social Development, Many Rivers ATSIC Regional Council/ATSIS, Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre/Crisis Accommodation Brokerage and Housing Support and Coffs Future of Ageing.

Speakers will include: Professor Tony Vinson, Michael Raper, Professor Judy Atkinson and Senator Aden Ridgeway.

For more information on the conference, including registration details:

Fair Go Campaign
An alliance of key organisations from union, church, environment, Indigenous, migrant and other community groups has begun a campaign to promote a wide range of issues including action to reduce poverty. The campaign was launched in mid-August in Melbourne, and is set to go national over the next few months.

For more information about the campaign:

National Coalition Against Poverty Postcard Campaign
The National Coalition Against Poverty (NCAP) is currently distributing postcards with a series of requests that governments can implement to help reduce poverty and financial hardship in Australia.

These postcards should be signed and sent back to NCAP by early October, to be used in a media event on Friday 17th October - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

To get hold of postcards for distribution:

Mark Zirnsak, NCAP
phone: 03 9251 5265

Poverty Cartoons over 20 years by Simon Kneebone
13-17 Oct 2003
Daily 9am-5pm
Foyer, Torrens Building, 220 Victoria Square, Adelaide


Adelaide Central Mission

Poverty and Power?
21 Oct 2003
Rosebud Memorial Hall, Pt Nepean Road (beach side), Rosebud

Community forum no. 1 in the Mornington Peninsula
Health, Hope and Happiness series

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr Sev Osdowski, Human Rights Commissioner and Acting Disability and Discrimination Commissioner
  • Lillian Holt, Melbourne University
  • plus a range of other workshops and activities.


Jenny Maccaffer

Poverty Soapbox
13-17 Oct 2003
Daily 12 noon
Victoria Square, Adelaide


Adelaide Central Mission

'Re:Issue' photographic exhibition
22 October - 1 November
First Site Gallery, Basement 344, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Tues - Fri: 11am- 5pm
Sat - Sun: 1pm - 5pm


'Re:Issue - the face of Big Issue vendors' is a series of large scale black and white studio portraits of Melbourne 'Big Issue' vendors. The major B&W works will be contrasted against small colour polaroids taken from the common 'street corner' perspective. Over seventy people were also surveyed throughout the CBD on their views of Big Issue vendors, and excerpts from the surveys will be incorporated into the show.

Any profits from the sale of works will be donated in full to 'The Big Issue'.

For further information:

Charlie Sublet
phone: 9482 3112
mobile: 0410 757 202

RESULTS Australia National Conference
17-19 Oct 2003
Health, wealth and poverty - generating the passion for results, Parliament House, Canberra.

Held over three days, the conference will include forums, panel discussions and plenary sessions, with keynote speakers including Prof. Jim Peacock, President of the Australian Academy of Science; the Hon. Bob McMullan MHR; Shan Ali, Grameen Foundation; and Maree Nutt, President, RESULTS Australia.

For further information or details on how to register:

phone: 03 9754 7313
mobile: 0417 407 696

UnitingCare Australia Poverty Briefing Papers
At a Parliamentary Breakfast on Wednesday September 10, UnitingCare Australia released five policy papers on a broad range of poverty-related issues affecting Australians:

  • Because Children Matter;
  • A Decent Life;
  • Poverty Amongst Indigenous Australians;
  • Homelessness and Poverty; and
  • Employment and Labour Market Policies.

Download papers:

More information:

UnitingCare Australia
phone: 02 6290 2160

Victorian No Sweat Shop Campaign
The Brotherhood of St Laurence have produced cards that encourage consumers to ask clothing retailers if the Australian workers that have produced their garments have been guaranteed award wages, superannuation, workcover and are working reasonable hours - in particular home-based outworkers. The cards will be handed out in a conga line at the Fringe Festival on Sunday October 5 in Melbourne.

More info: