Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians. Around the world more than a billion people are desperately poor.

The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:

  • strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and within Australia;
  • encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

Last year, at least 600 organisations around Australia participated in more than 400 activities during the week, with a total participation of more than 10,000 people.

Some Plans and Suggestions

Everyone who wants to reduce poverty and hardship is encouraged to organise activities during the Week or join in some being organised by other people.

The activities can be large or small, and activities at local levels are especially welcome. Official opening activities will be organised on Sunday 15 October. 

It is suggested that people could organise local anti-poverty forums on Wednesday 18 October, perhaps inviting local MPs and mayors to attend.

But activities can be on whatever topics, and whatever days, to suit their organisers.

It would be very helpful if organisers could provide details of their plans for posting on the special website,, in order to encourage participation and stimulate action by other people.

The website also includes basic fact sheets, promotional material and links to sources of information and ideas about ways of reducing poverty and hardship

For information and ideas, visit the website, or email

or call 1300 797 290  

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