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It has never been more important to shine a spotlight on poverty

National Anti-Poverty Week (APW) will take place from 17-23 October 2021. This year APW aims to raise awareness of poverty in our communities with an overarching goal to reduce the number of children living in poverty by 50% by 2030.

Raising awareness of poverty has never been more important. NSW’s economic recovery is generally regarded as progressing well, ahead of expectations. However we know that the impacts of the COVID-19 recession will be long-lasting, disproportionately affecting already vulnerable population groups and locations across the state.

This year Joanna Quilty, NCOSS CEO and Brad Webb, Castle CEO are pleased to Co-Chair the NSW Anti-Poverty Week (APW) Steering Group. The Steering Group is made up of organisations that are connected to their community and committed to ending poverty.

  • Country Women's Association
  • Older Women's Network
  • Mission Australia
  • PCYC
  • Financial Counsellors Association of NSW
  • Good Shepard Micro-Finance
  • NSW Council of Social Service

Get Involved

If you would like to host an event or get involved please contact the NCOSS team at

Anti-Poverty Week 2020

Due to the challenges of COVID-19, the APW Steering Committee Co-Chairs, NCOSS and Mission Australia led a social media campaign featuring video messages from community sector workers. You can find all the 2020 APW videos here.