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About the
Magazine

The Big Issue magazine is a fortnightly, independent magazine sold on the streets by people experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage.

Vendors buy each
magazine for $4.50

Vendors sell the magazine
for $9.00 each

Vendors earn $4.50 per magazine, earning a meaningful income

Meet The
Vendors

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Kim

I grew up in the Riverina area in New South Wales. It was good, but there’s not much in the country. I went to a Catholic school up until I hit high school. Then we moved and I went to Nelson Park School in Victoria. We did PE, shopping times, and gardening. I’m partially deaf. When…

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Vesna

I was born in Melbourne. Mum told me I was born in the hospital in Moonee Ponds. I’ve got two sisters, but they do their own thing. I’m the youngest. My parents split up. We shifted from one place to the next – I’ve been all over the place. Because I’d been moving around, I ended up…

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Bill

I was born in America, and we moved to Perth four years later, when my Aussie-born mum and American father split. I have cerebral palsy, and my grandfather told Mum to bring me to Australia because the health system was much more affordable. I attended a “special needs” education facility in Mount Lawley, where I…

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Chris

I’ve lived in Whyalla for 21 years, and I started at The Big Issue 18 years ago. One lady even said I’m a Whyalla icon.

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Dennis

I was born in Bristol in England, but I grew up in Kent. I was adopted by my mum and dad when I was about six-and-a-half, along with my two brothers. I don’t remember anything about my life before then. My dad was fighting in India when he was 15 – he put his age…

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Jack

I grew up on a farm in Coonabarabran in New South Wales. We had pigs. My childhood was pretty good. At the time, I probably didn’t like it so much, coming from a family of 10. I was the oldest boy. My sister was a bit older than me – she and I had a…

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Community and Distribution partners

Partners
  • Citiplace Community Centre, City of Perth
  • City of Adelaide
  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Perth
  • City of Sydney
  • Community Northern Beaches
  • Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre, Katoomba
  • Mary Ryans Bookshop, New Farm
  • Micah Projects, West End
  • Mills Records, Fremantle
  • Paperbark Merchants, Albany
  • Vicinity Centres

The Big Issue magazine is a fortnightly, independent magazine sold on the streets by people experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage.

Vendors buy copies of the magazine for $4.50 and sell them for $9, keeping the difference and earning meaningful income. Since it began in Australia in 1996, more than 14 million magazines have been sold, putting $35 million into the pockets of Australians experiencing disadvantage.

The Big Issue is timely and topical, and loved by readers for its distinctive brand of irreverence. The magazine has something for everyone: vendors’ stories, celebrity profiles, culture, commentary and in-depth social justice investigations all feature in its pages.

The magazine is available in print from a vendor, or by subscription which provides employment for women experiencing disadvantage through our Women’s Workforce.

It’s as simple as make, buy sell!

The Big Issue editorial team make a quality magazine each fortnight, which is made available for vendors to buy at $4.50 per magazine.

Vendors then sell the magazine to customers for $9 each, earning a meaningful income. There is no minimum number of magazines vendors have to buy, and any unsold magazines can be exchanged or refunded.

“Sometimes people say, oh I’ll just give you a donation. A donation may help, but it’s not selling a mag. The magazine does not just happen. And we’re not all homeless. We are not out there begging. We’re working. I feel very strongly about this. I might take it too seriously, but we go out to work, we own the fact that we’re doing it.” – Melbourne vendor, David.

Want to rave about us, reprimand us, or give a shout out to your vendor? Fill out the form below to share your feedback with us. You might even be selected for our magazine’s ‘Letter of the Fortnight’!

By submitting you give permission for your name and letter to be included in our magazine. Submissions may be edited for clarity or space.

 

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Past Issues

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Kids’ Cover Winner!

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Doctor Who

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A.I. Pets

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