Anti-Poverty Week 2020
Disaster doesn’t discriminate, opportunity shouldn’t either.
Anti-Poverty Week is a national awareness campaign to highlight the financial struggles of thousands of Australians facing poverty every day. At The Salvation Army, we have seen people from all backgrounds and every walk of life plunged into financial stress due to disasters.
Sudden job losses, unexpected health crises or a natural disaster can strike at any time and we believe that opportunity, recovery and hope for the future should be available to anyone. If you are feeling financial stress as a result of COVID-19, our Moneycare financial counsellors have pulled together a short financial literacy resource for you.
This year as part of Anti-Poverty Week, The Salvation Army is hosting a number of local Moneycare events around the country where people can learn about Moneycare’s free financial counselling and coaching services. You can also sign up for free money essentials webinars, which will be held from Monday 12 October to Friday 16 October.
The Salvation Army is calling for affordable housing for all as the best solution towards reducing poverty, in partnership with the Everybody's Home campaign.
We are also calling for governments to address the causes and needs of people experiencing poverty, including by:
- Significantly and permanently increasing the JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance to bring them in line with the current costs of living and searching for work in Australia, and to allow recipients to live with dignity.
- Implementing a mechanism for income support payment indexation that is linked to genuine costs and needs.
- Broadening complementary supports, including:
- Commonwealth Rent Assistance, ensuring the system is effective, better targeted to address the variable cost of rent, and responsive to changes in the housing market.
- Wraparound services for people facing significant barriers to employment
- Financial counselling and financial resilience tools.
For more information visit The Salvation Army Anti-Poverty Week 2020 campaign page.