The Big Issue celebrates its 20th anniversary

By on June 9, 2016

The Big Issue, an independent magazine that supports Australia’s homeless and disadvantaged, this week celebrates 20 years of operation. Your Canberra clubs are proud of the role they played in bringing this publication to the capital 12 years ago.

The Big Issue is a fortnightly, not-for-profit publication sold on the streets of Australia – dedicated to supporting and creating job opportunities for the homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged. As the first official sponsors of the magazine in 2004, 21 of the ACT’s licensed clubs introduced and fostered the growth of The Big Issue in Canberra.

Canberra clubs provided $60,000 to support the distribution of the magazine in its first two years of operation across the ACT.

The magazine vendors buy copies for $3.50 and sell them for $7, earning the difference. Since launching in Melbourne in 1996, 6500 men and women have earned $23 million through sales of The Big Issue magazine.

Gwyn Rees, ClubsACT Chief Executive, describes the club industry’s relationship with the magazine as another important, yet largely unknown, way that clubs have supported the Canberra community over the years.

“We’re pleased to see The Big Issue continue its progress in the ACT. This milestone has been achieved through the continued work and support of the Woden Community Service, the tenacity of the sellers of The Big Issue and the relationships they have built throughout the Canberra community.

The magazine has come a long way in the last two decades and is now available in both print and digital versions. The magazine covers arts, entertainment, current affairs, lifestyle, news and opinion pieces.

The Big Issue marked its big milestone with the release of a special anniversary edition released on Friday 3 June.

For more information about The Big Issue and its achievements, please visit

Download the media release

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Sally English, OPF Consulting
0412 440 213

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