Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty in Australia and internationally. During the week surrounding the UN’s International Anti-Poverty Day on 17 October, individuals, communities, organisations and governments are encouraged to act to address poverty, through research, discussion and a multitude of other activities.
Each year SACOSS uses Anti-Poverty Week as an opportunity to talk about solutions to poverty, fairness and a decent standard of living for all South Australians. Traditionally SACOSS releases an Anti-Poverty Week Statement to highlight an agenda for the eradication of poverty in South Australia. The Statement describes the extent of poverty in our state and calls for action to tackle the conditions that lead to poverty.
Most years SACOSS also undertakes a community survey asking South Australians what poverty means to them. Key findings from the survey are released as part of the Anti-Poverty Week Statement.