Become a Big Issue vendor

Sell The Big Issue.
Earn money today.

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


How to get started

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.


Mark (SA)

"It’s the best thing I ever did. I was destitute, homeless, struggling with drinking. It gives you a lot more than money. The Big Issue made me believe in myself. Besides the financial help, it’s a sense of purpose."





Lionel (NSW)

"Support yourself with a bit of extra cash, keep active and get out of the house. Vendors also get a lot of support. That’s why I love working for The Big Issue, they help us anyway they can."





Cheryl (VIC)

"The best part of The Big Issue is gaining self-confidence, and you get to meet new people and work your own hours. To me it’s not just a job, it’s a family. We all support each other."





Get in touch

You can sign up to become a vendor at any time, and you’ll receive free magazines to get started.

Contact the vendor support office in your state.


Vendor Support

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

Australian Capital Territory

The Big Issue

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

The Big Issue

125-127 Little Eveleigh St
Redfern, NSW 2016
Phone: (02) 8332 7200
Fax: (02) 9310 5261


The Big Issue

St Andrews Church
Cnr Creek and Ann Streets
(enter from Creek St)
Brisbane QLD 4000
Phone: (07) 3221 3513

South Australia

The Big Issue

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

Western Australia

The Big Issue

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