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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

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“Selling The Big Issue has given me something to do. I especially look forward to the pocket money. I treat myself to a nice dinner nearly every week.”

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Big Issue has helped me lots. Customers tell me I’m doing well. They ask me if I want a cup of coffee. It feels real good inside. I want to keep selling the magazine and meeting people.

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I want to get back into the traditional workforce, but for now The Big Issue is there for me. It’s been a lifeline.

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Chris C

I was born in Hamilton, New Zealand. I lived there until I was about 10. Dad was a truck driver, so Mum mostly looked after my two brothers, my sister and me.  New Zealand’s a beautiful country, with a lot of sheep and snow. I do get homesick. I don’t have any family in NZ…

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“Do no harm” is my philosophy. I’m not good with hierarchies. I think we should organise in a way that’s agreeable and doesn’t force things onto people. So as long as we want to cooperate in one way or another, it should be up to us to make this happen.

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“I want to visit my family. I’ve never seen my son and he’s a year and three months – I would have been there for his birth, but then COVID came along.”

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Community and Distribution 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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