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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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Chris H

My father sells The Big Issue and encouraged me to give it a try – the rest is history.

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Steve C

The Big Issue’s always been there for me. They’ll always welcome you back with open arms.

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Monique

I like everything about selling The Big Issue. What I like about it is that I can work whenever, wherever.

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Michelle

I love this job so much. It gives me purpose, and I’m much happier now.

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Denise

I was born in Melbourne, then we moved around a lot. We lived in Tasmania for a while when I was a child, then moved back to regional Victoria. I think I’ve been to about nine or 10 schools in total. I went to four in the space of one year. To this day, I…

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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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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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Summer Lovin’

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Happy Holidays!

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Kids’ Cover Winner!

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