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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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David

Having the money from selling The Big Issue means you’ve got no worries about anything.

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Les

I was born in Melbourne, in Fitzroy in 1944. There were three boys, and 13 years later, there was a girl. I was the second, the middle boy. My older brother Ron, who did also sell The Big Issue, he passed away in 2011.

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Angelica

I started selling The Big Issue in February last year. It has changed me, I am a changed person.

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Ray

I never thought I’d be selling the magazines, but it has become a priority in my life. It’s because when I’m doing this, I’m doing good.

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Tony G

I have been a Big Issue vendor since 2002, around the age of 30. I’ve been doing it for 20 years this year! I like working for myself, working my own hours, being my own boss, running my own show.

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Mitchell

What I love most about selling The Big Issue is not only does it let you know who you are, it also lets you be who you are.

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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 $34 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 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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Tame Impala

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Shaun Micallef

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The Lord of the Rings

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