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The Big Issue Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and creating work opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage. Simply put, they help people help themselves.

The Big Issue Australia run social enterprises to create work opportunities for people who are unable to access mainstream work. These include The Big Issue magazine, the Women’s Workforce and The Big Issue Classroom, as well as the Community Street Soccer Program.

People come to The Big Issue from a wide range of circumstances, including homelessness, long-term unemployment, intellectual and physical disability, mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency and family breakdown. Our programs provide low-barrier opportunities for people to earn a meaningful income, build their confidence and connect with their community and support networks.

WCS and The Big Issue

WCS manages the ACT operations of The Big Issue magazine. The Big Issue magazine is a fortnightly, independent magazine sold on the streets by people experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage. We distribute magazines and provide support, training and materials to vendors.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in selling The Big Issue, visit Becoming a Big Issue Vendor.

For more information about The Big Issue Australia, visit

For more information about The Big Issue in ACT, please email or contact (02) 6181 2801.

The ACT Government supports The Big Issue in the ACT through the Community Services Directorate.