600th Issue of the Big Issue

Big Issue is celebrating the 600th edition of its street magazine with a special commemorative issue, launching this Friday. 

The edition will feature a special retrospective of vendor profiles and stories, as well as an interview with cover stars Cold Chisel ahead of their summer tour. 

The magazine is part of Australia’s largest social enterprise, committed to positively impacting those who face homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage. 

The Big Issue magazine started in Melbourne on 16 June 1996, where a small group sold the magazine on the steps of Flinders Street Station. 

Today, a network of over 500 vendors sell the magazine nationally, and in the magazine’s 23-year history more than 12 million copies have been sold. Vendors purchase the magazine for $4.50 and sell them for $9, gaining employment and earning a meaningful income.