Anti-Poverty Week – 17th to 23rd October 2021


Anti-Poverty Week was established in 2002 by the Social Justice Project at the UNSW, led by Professor Julian Disney. It was inspired by the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17) but expanded to include a full week in Australia to allow more participation.

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

Access resources for Anti-Poverty Week here. Register your own events here.

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Welcome to Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week will be held from the 17th to the 23rd of October 2021. In 2021 we are reminding governments that there are 2 key things they can do to unlock poverty for individuals, families, and children: raise income support above the poverty line and invest in social housing. We are again supporting the Raise the Rate for Good and Everybody’s Home campaigns.  See our 2021 page for more.


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During Anti-Poverty Week, YOU can help fight poverty & hardship.

During Anti-Poverty Week, you can help fight poverty and hardship.

Learn how you can take action in 2021 ahead of and during Anti-Poverty Week which will be 17-23 October, 2021.

Fast Facts

Our Fast Facts series provides a snapshot into the realities of poverty in Australia and around the world that aim to help you educate and inform your community.

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