Who We Are

Welcome to Anti-Poverty Network SA

Anti-Poverty Network SA is an alliance of people affected and concerned by poverty and unemployment, including job-seekers, low income workers, sole parents, age and disability pensioners, students, community and welfare workers, and others.

Our goals:

To advocate for the dignity, rights, and well-being of people on low incomes, particularly those receiving income support from Centrelink To create community networks that provide emotional and practical support to those affected by poverty, unemployment, and the mean-spirited policies targeting those receiving income support from Centrelink. To be a voice for and of people living in poverty, and to highlight the personal experiences and insights of people on low incomes, so that we can challenge myths about poverty, income support, and unemployment.

What we Are About:

We are committed to the ideal of an adequate, fair, non-judgmental welfare system. We aim to promote a safety net that properly protects low income and vulnerable people. That treats people with respect, instead of punishing and micro-managing them, and allows them to fully participate in economic, community, and public life.

We hope you can join us!

Our main organising is done through our Facebook Group and we also have an e-list for those not on Facebook.

Our Current coordinator:

Sam Shetler

Hi, I’m Sam Shetler the current State Coordinator of the Anti-Poverty Network SA.

I’m indebted to Claudia Ienco, Tammy Headon and Pas Forgione who were the fantastic State Coordinators who came before me. I’m also indebted everyone in our group who are making a better world possible.

Me? I’m a teacher, sociologist, foster carer, skateboarder and more. I have lived one-third of my life on Kaurna Aboriginal land and two-third on Wampanoag Native American land. I grew up because public housing and social security enabled my family, not dignity, but some means to get by below the poverty-line.

I’m grateful for public housing and social security and I can see how it can be improved and expanded to give people dignity and to be one part of dismantling the class system that keeps everyone in the working-class down.