Programs

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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Helen

I was born in Taree. My mum had 10 children. I’ve moved around a bit, haven’t got any family. I’d been in foster care and homes for a long time. I was a slow learner at school. I couldn’t read or write – it was quite challenging for me. I can’t remember when I left….

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Nakita

My journey with The Big Issue has been all about developing my confidence and coming out of my shell. I am naturally shy, so it was a big deal talking to strangers and selling magazines when I first started.

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Scott

I grew up in the Byron Bay area. Did I enjoy school? Yes and no. Things turned around for me when I did some leadership camps. One of the biggest things I learned is that you don’t need to be a full-on out-there person to make a change. You don’t have to walk on fire…

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Vesna

The best thing about selling The Big Issue is when someone buys off you. It’s good because I’ve got regular customers. I use the money to buy groceries and things I need.

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Greg

I love music. I saw all the bands you could think of in the 60s and 70s: Paul McCartney, John Denver, Suzi Quatro, the Doobie Brothers, the Hollies, the Bee Gees, Manfred Mann, the Kinks.

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Wayne

I’m the eldest; I have three younger brothers. Mum was told she couldn’t have children, but she proved them wrong – she had four boys! We lived in Acacia Ridge in the 50s, Mum and Dad started their oyster business in our garage.

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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 13 million magazines have been sold, putting $32 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 both a print and digital version, or by subscription which provides employment for women experiencing disadvantage through our Women’s Subscription Enterprise.

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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25th Birthday
Edition
From our launch on the steps of Flinders Street Station on 16 June 1996 till now, we reflect on our history, community and all things BIG!

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Greta
Thunberg
“The climate crisis is a social crisis. It mostly affects people who are already the most vulnerable,” says Greta Thunberg in her exclusive interview with The Big Issue from her home in Stockholm.

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Chooks!
Australians love our chooks. They’re the nation’s fourth most popular pet, after all!

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