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About the Goal

Everybody should have enough money or resources for the basic needs of life – enough food for oneself and for one’s family; a roof over one’s head; and resources to cover clothing, education and health expenses.

Poverty has many dimensions, but its causes include unemployment, social exclusion, and high vulnerability of certain populations to disasters, diseases and other phenomena which prevent them from being productive. 

Growing inequality is detrimental to economic growth and undermines social cohesion, increasing political and social tensions and, in some circumstances, driving instability and conflicts.

Why it Matters
3.25 million

Australians live below the poverty line


of those are children under 15


of people on Youth Allowance live below the poverty line

What Neighbourhood Houses & Centres are doing

It is hard to pinpoint exactly how Neighbourhood houses and centres work towards No Poverty because it is so deeply ingrained in our day to day operations. We work towards this goal without even realising it.

Across our houses you will typically see food parcels being available to vulnerable members of our community, healthy and nutritious lunches that bring the community together, programs that help people find financial independence. 

At a state and national level we are championing the raise the rate campaign and lobbying ministers for a change in reform. 

Localising the SDGs 

No Poverty


  • Mary Wooldridge: Former LNP Minister for Mental Health,

  • Community Services, Disability and Womens Affairs

  • Dr Jemery Baskin: Fellow, Melbourne School of Government and Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

  • Minna Yikanno, Head of Research team at Kela

  • Dalal Smiley - CEO Wellsprings or Women (VIC)

  • Gaelle Gouillou- CEO Spiers Centre (WA)

Our Targets
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