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'The Big Issue is an informative, independent street magazine - a current affairs publication with a sense of humour. It is sold on the streets of Australia's major cities by authorised vendors who are either homeless or unemployed. [...] The Big Issue is Australia's premier street publication - it is the magazine that helps people help themselves. The Big Issue is affiliated with over 50 street papers around the world. Every member of the International Network of Street Papers is committed to producing a high quality publication, raising awareness about social issues and - most importantly - providing an opportunity for homeless and unemployed people to improve their life circumstances. Here in Australia, hundreds of vendors have used The Big Issue to get back on their feet, and to reconnect with a society they were in danger of losing touch with. The goal of The Big Issue project is to provide a way - via the selling of a great magazine - to assist homeless, ex-homeless and unemployed people to participate in society as independently as possible.'

(Source: The Big Issue website,


  • FREQUENCY: Fortnightly
  • RANGE: 1996-
  • PRICE: $4.00, of which $2.00 is direct income for the vendor.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1996-
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Big Issue in Australia , .
      • Thuy On is a Sunday Age contributor and has been the Books Editor of The Big Issue since 2013. ( Viewed 08/06/2016)

Works about this Work

The Big Issue: Making a Difference for 20 Years Thuy On , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 4 June 2016;
'Daryl first began selling The Big Issue in November 2004. You might have seen him over the years, on the corner of Flinders and Swanston or just round the corner at Elizabeth and Little Collins. ...'
More Than a Magazine Thuy On , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 June 2016; (p. 6)
'As The Big Issue celebrates 20 years in Australia it continues to make a huge difference to people's lives, writes Thuy On.'
The Issue of Fiction Kylie Thompson , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: One Page : Brisbane 2014; (p. 5)
Lunch With...Alan Attwood Shane Green , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 22 June 2013; (p. 3)
Big Issue to be Digitally Enhanced Shane Green , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 May 2013; (p. 19)
Mystery Writer Janelle Evans , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 February 2005; (p. 9)
Janelle Evans contends that Jessica Adams plagiarised Agatha Christie's 'The Idol House of Astarte' for her story 'The Circle'. The story was published by The Big Issue Australia. Editors of the magazine are investigating Evans's claim as is Chorion PLC, the UK owners of the Agatha Christie 'brand'.
Insight into Life of Hard Knocks 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Westside News , 12 July vol. 4 no. 28 2006; (p. 6)
Tales of an Unseen City Arnold Zable , 2008 single work prose
— Appears in: The Age , 22 November 2008; (p. 14-15)
Double Take Alan Attwood , Owen Danby , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 6-7 June 2009; (p. 12)
Adelaide Looks To Its Future Jason Steger , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 17 July 2010; (p. 31)
A column canvassing current literary news including an update on the review of Adelaide Writer's Week and a comment on Jonathan Franzen's review of Christina Stead's The Man Who Loved Children. Jason Steger also notes the publication of the annual fiction edition of The Big Issue magazine.

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ISSN: 1326-639X
Last amended 8 Jun 2016 10:19:04
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