Vinnies is highlighting poverty in Australia

At Vinnies we believe that empowering people, not blaming them, is the answer to combating the poverty that affects one in eight Australians. 

Vinnies members, volunteers and employees assist over 1.8 million Australians each year and work directly with people experiencing poverty and homelessness. We also advocate for the rights of marginalised groups in the community and view Anti-Poverty Week as an opportunity to spread greater awareness of marginalisation in Australia.

Anti-Poverty Week is being held from Sunday, 13 October to Saturday 19 October 2019, and focuses on poverty across the world, including Australia.

 

Attend an event near you

Vinnies has several events taking place in communities across Australia during Anti-Poverty Week. These events range from forums in the capital cities to sausage sizzles in regional centres. For more information, click here.

For a full list of events taking place, visit the official website.

 

You can help fight poverty and hardship!

Not sure how you can make a difference and help people living below the poverty line?

  • Visit our Find Help page if you or somebody you know needs assistance.

  • Visit the Low-Income Support page to learn more about our advocacy and services.
  • You can volunteer for Vinnies frontline services, visit Become a Volunteer.
  • If you don't have time to volunteer you can make a donation to ensure our volunteers have the life-changing resources they need.
  • Read the submissions Vinnies has made to government to bring about change for people experiencing inequality and poverty.
  • Visit the calendar of events on the Anti-Poverty Week website to see how you can get involved.
  • Support Anti-Poverty Week 2019 on social media:

Social Media Tiles

Use any of the social media tiles below to help promote Anti-Poverty Week and help us educate more Australians as to what poverty looks like in our country. Don't forget to use #APW2019 so we can see your posts and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Raise the Rate campaign

Vinnies has long campaigned for an increase in Newstart and Youth Allowance payments. We are calling for these payments to be raised so that people relying on them can meet their basic needs and live with dignity.

Every day, our members and volunteers witness first-hand the poverty and hardship experienced by people on Newstart and related payments.

Our social safety net should ensure people can afford a roof over their head and food on the table when they are unable to support themselves. Yet payments like Newstart are so low that many people cannot pay for essentials.

Newstart has not increased in real terms in 24 years and has failed to keep up with the rising costs of living. It has fallen ever further below the poverty line and behind average wages.

Today, over 800,000 people are struggling to live on as little as $39 per day. People locked out of paid work, carers, parents, and students are being forced to choose between eating a meal and paying the rent, or buying shoes for their children and maintaining their health.

Using the hashtag #RaisetheRate, a diverse coalition of charities, community organisations, business groups and individuals with lived experienced of poverty are urging the Commonwealth Government to recognise its responsibility to provide adequate income support  so that Newstart and other income support payments are a true support, not a pathway to poverty.

This year, the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has called on the Federal Government to put in place a more flexible approach to setting and indexing the Newstart Allowance.

In its submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs’ inquiry into the adequacy of Newstart and related payments, the Society has found that people are descending further into poverty on the current rate and that children are too often casualties of the rigid, punitive approach.

A copy of the National Council’s submission is available here.

Additionally, case studies have been collected from the Society’s Conference Members from across Australia. They demonstrate the daily challenges faced by people living on Newstart. These case studies formed part of the Society’s submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the adequacy of Newstart. To read a copy of the case studies, click here.