Women's Enterprise

The Big Issue Women's Subscription Enterprise provides job opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged women through the sale of The Big Issue magazine subscriptions.

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Women are employed by The Big Issue to pack the magazines for distribution to subscribers every fortnight, giving them an income as well as access to training, mentoring and support.

The Women's Subscription Enterprise was launched in 2010 and operates in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. 

Why Women?

While The Big Issue magazine already provides work opportunities for hundreds of people experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage each year, our vendors are predominantly men. This is because selling magazines on the street is simply not a safe or viable option for many women, including those fleeing domestic violence or caring for children.

We established the Women's Subscription Enterprise to give women work opportunities that didn't rely on selling on the streets. Under the model, there is no pressure on women to make sales and they work in a safe and secure environment.

Social Procurement

As the WSE has expanded, we have diversified our services to include external contracted project work such as

  • staff and client gift hampers
  • mailing list distributions (including print management)
  • data entry
  • event support.


We have worked with many respected corporate businesses, government bodies and not-for-profit organisations to help them carry out projects that require additional staffing solutions and deliver a social benefit.

To discuss our procurement services or request a quote please contact Simone at sbusija@bigissue.org.au


The numbers don't lie

  • 49,017 Australian women are homeless every night
  • 40 per cent of homeless people living in shelters are women
  • The largest single cause of homelessness in Australia is domestic and family violence, which overwhelmingly affects women and children

Subscribe to The Big Issue magazine and help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged women get back on their feet.