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The best way to buy a magazine is from a vendor

 

The Big Issue has more than 800 vendors working around the country, with a wide range of experiences leading them to The Big Issue. This includes homelessness, long-term unemployment, intellectual and physical disability, mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency and family breakdown. Every vendor has a different story, but all are looking to improve their lives.

Big Issue vendors have the opportunity to earn an immediate income and engage meaningfully with the community. They are #ProudlyWorking selling a genuine product, which is why we encourage people to always take the magazine they pay for.

If there aren’t any vendors close to you, consider taking out a subscription and having magazines delivered straight to your door!

 

Becoming a vendor

 

Becoming a Big Issue vendor gives you the opportunity to sell a world-renowned street paper while earning a meaningful income.

Anyone can become a vendor and start selling the magazine straight away. We support people from all walks of life, including people experiencing homelessness, people with disability and people who are finding it difficult to get other work.

All you need to do is visit the vendor support office in your state and speak to a member of the team who will provide you with information and support. You will go through an induction process and sign a vendor agreement form.

Once you become a vendor, you will buy copies of The Big Issue for $4.50 to sell to your customers for $9, keeping the difference. There are plenty of pitches where you can sell the magazine and distribution points where you can buy copies.

Earning an income is only one part of being a vendor. You will also have access to training and support. Most importantly, you will be part of The Big Issue community.

Our Vendor Support staff are in each state to provide support, training and tools to vendors. They help vendors through their hard times, celebrate their triumphs, and give vendors the confidence and skills to succeed in their work.

 

Vendor Support Offices

Contact Us

Australian Capital Territory

Woden Community Service
Callam Offices, Building C, Level 1
50 Easty Street
Phillip ACT 2606
Phone: (02) 6181 2801
or 0448 476 184

New South Wales

104 George St
Redfern, NSW 2016
Phone: (02) 8332 7200
Fax: (02) 9310 5261

Manager: Chris Campbell

Queensland

St Andrews Church
131 Creek St
Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: (07) 3221 3513

Manager: Chris Campbell

South Australia

237 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 8359 3450

Manager: Matthew Steadman

Victoria

Donkey Wheel House
Ground Floor, 673 Bourke Street
(enter via Godfrey Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9602 7600

Manager: Gemma Pidutti

Western Australia

249 Hay Street
East Perth 6004
Phone: (08) 9225 7792

Manager: Andrew Joske

 

Meet The
Vendors

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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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Mela

I was born in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. We had a big family: my mother had eight kids. But we were a really poor family. When I was young I had a mental illness, and had a difficult life. I finished school really early, when I was 14 years old. I liked school,…

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Terri

I’ve been with the Women’s Subscription Enterprise for 10 years this year – it’s my longest job. Just through working at The Big Issue, I’m totally changed and everything’s so much better. I was in a drop-in centre, at Lou’s Place, and they asked me if I wanted a job, and I said yes. I…

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Pat

I was born in the UK in Surrey. I came to Australia when I was really little. I still love the old country – it hurts my heart that I missed out on all my cousins, my grandparents, my uncles – but I’ve been in Melbourne my whole life. I had a really happy childhood,…

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Greg

I’m a New South Wales boy who’s called Perth his home for the last 20 years. I was born in Goulburn and spent my childhood and school years there and in Yass. I’ve had a good childhood, hanging around at the pool in Yass, playing lots of rugby league, touch footy and cricket. I worked…

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