TIMELINE of volunteering


This timeline demonstrates in reverse chronological order – with links, the various campaigning, lobbying, activism, advocacy, and media representations across various networks and roles, that Hayden Patterson has publicly contributed.


Raise the Rate for Good

Current ACOSS campaign 2020

Raise the Rate Campaign website ACOSS

I have been actively campaigning to Raise the Rate of all income support payments above the poverty line for 3-4 years in various capacities, and continue to do so…

(Living Incomes for Everyone) LIFE

LIFE Facebook Campaign Page

Social Media Pages to Follow

http://www.haydenpatterson.org.au for WUWU Australia – Hayden Patterson

WUWU Facebook Page – Worldwide Unemployed Workers’ Unions

Accountable Income Management Network Accountable Income Management Network

Living Incomes for Everyone Campaign LIFE Campaign 2020

Economic Media Centre

Economic Media Centre – Spokesperson

Being interviewed by Dr Elise Klein about building coalitions and collaborating to achieve social welfare policy reform – August 2020

July 2020

Video Interviews about Jobseeker and Mutual Obligations in 2020.

Talking to Sonia from Elizabeth- South Australia about changes to income support due to the Coronavirus pandemic in July 2020.

Employment Services Panel

In June 2020, I joined Senator Rachel Siewart (Greens Senator), and Avery Howard (AUWU) to discuss the needs of the New Employment Services Model post COVID

You can see the video here on the Senator’s Facebook feed

CEO Sleepout 2020

In June 2020, I took part in my 6th Annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout under extraordinary condition a during COVID19 and being actually homeless.

National Fellowship 2020

Mid 2020 I completed the Australian Progress National Fellowship, and joined an impressive Alumni group after months of intense training.

Australian Progress
2020 National Fellowship

Unemployed Workers’ Unions

In 2020 I began working independently under www.haydenpatterson.org.au as a representative of WUWU Australia
2020 – Coronavirus Pandemic Strikes

In April 2020, after 3.5 years, and over 10,000 voluntary hours, I resigned my membership and role as President of the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union

2020 Sydney Mardi Gras

In February 2020, I marched in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras with the TIM float. (The Institute of Many)

Can’t Pass it On!


No fixed address and banned from HousingSA despite mitigating new husbands mental health issues by long term hospitalisation interstate and separation.

On February 7th, 2020, I was evicted from a lifetime tenancy after 15 years by HousingSA and after 10 years in that particular home, with the eviction taking place while I was interstate training to become a peer to peer trainer in chronic disease self management for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.

Coffs Harbour 2020


Australian Progress FWD Organise 2019 – Sydney

Hayden Patterson and Gene Saraci – AUWU

Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union

In November 2019, I was elected National President of the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union at the A.G.M.

AUWU A.G.M. 2019 attendees
I also got to spend Thanksgiving with Virginia Eubanks in Upstate New York

Worldwide Unemployed Workers’ Unions

In November 2019, I joined others and founded the Worldwide Unemployed Workers’ Unions, I and began speaking to unemployed workers unions around the world.


ACOSS Board of Directors

In December 2019, I was elected as to the board of directors for ACOSS until 2022.


Australian Progress Inaugural Annual Learning Retreat

Closing learning retreat – Australian Progress October 2019 – Queenscliff, Victoria

New Employment Services Trial (NEST)

In September 2019, I was appointed to the New Employment Services Trial (NEST) Reference and Working Groups with the Department of Jobs and Senator Michaelia Cash’s Office.

Canberra – September 2019

NAPWHA A.G.M – June 2019 Sydney

In September 2019, I gave a presentation on Cashless Welfare Card to the conference and A.G.M. for NAPWHA (National Assoc. of People with HIV and AIDS) held in Sydney, as a representative of PLSA (Positive Life, South Australia)


(click the link to see the presentation slides)

Canberra Lobbying Trip August 2019

Parliament House Canberra

In August 2019, Hayden joined a team of advocates for a week long lobbying trip to Parliament House in Canberra to share lived experiences and to discuss the cruel realities of long term unemployment and living below the poverty line.

Meeting Senators and MP’s across all party lines, we explained what raising income support payment above the poverty line would mean and we discussed the particularly cruel and harmful effects of life with a Cashless Debit Card.

AUWU National Office

In July, I established the first physical and new National Office for the Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union in Unley, South Australia.

47 King William Road, Unley, SA

Raise the Rate Campaign Coordinator for Anti-Poverty Network – SA

Spence Family BBQ – Fremont Park

Ceduna Report

In January 2019, after many, many hours compiling interviews, survey results, and data – with the tireless support from AIM Network members, Hayden finally published the report into the South Australian Regional Road Trip of August 2018.

This report, unsurprisingly was centered around living in Ceduna, a continually extended, and ultimately never ending ‘Cashless Welfare Card’ trial site, and the repercussions for those forced onto it.

Hayden took 7 volunteers to Ceduna for a week to discuss living in a ‘trial’ site for Compulsory Income Management with people living within the local community and surrounds..

AUWU National Executive 2018/2019
elected as Vice-President

PHA4 – Bangladesh – PHM

In 2018, I represented the AUWU at the People’s Health Assembly in Bangladesh as well as People’s Health Movement – Oz.

Labor Party Conference trailer advertisement December, 2018. (ACOSS)

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