Anti-Poverty Week 2021

This Anti-Poverty Week (17-23 October) campaign organisers are calling on governments to unlock poverty for millions of Australians by raising income support above the poverty line and investing in social housing.

In Australia today 2.65 million adults and children struggle to survive on income payments that are well below the poverty line, that’s over one-in-10 Australians – including 940,000 children (1-in-5) who are growing up in the poorest families. Many are at risk of homelessness due to a shortage of affordable housing.

An additional 1.9 million adults are facing the loss of COVID Disaster payments and risk falling into poverty if they are forced to rely on inadequate JobSeeker payments as low as $45 a day.

You can show your support for the campaign by using the hashtags #APW21, #RaiseTheRateForGood and #BuildSocialHousing and tagging @antipovertyweek in posts across your social media platforms.

Read Ashlie’s story and sign a petition calling on Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to increase the base rate of working age income support payments to at least $65 a day, invest in social housing and increase Rent Assistance payments by 50%.