What we do

How we work

The Brotherhood works not just to alleviate poverty but to prevent it. We focus on people who are at risk at four critical stages (transitions) in their lives:

Within this broad framework, we pay particular attention to issues relating to refugees and settlement and money matters.

We undertake research, service development and delivery, and advocacy, with the objective of addressing unmet needs and translating our learning into new policies, programs and practices for implementation by government and others. Through Brotherhood businesses, we provide employment opportunities and raise funds for our other programs.

We aim to have a national voice on poverty and disadvantage. We believe that tackling poverty effectively requires the integration of social and economic policy, so that all Australians have the capacity and the resources to lead rewarding lives.

We want to demonstrate how economic efficiency and social fairness can reinforce each other and lay the foundations for a new social safety net based on economic participation and opportunities. Our current areas of policy focus include social inclusion, equity and climate change, a fairer tax system and financial inclusion.

Where we work

The Brotherhood’s services are mostly clustered in Victorian locations (including Frankston, Fitzroy and Craigieburn) where we can have the greatest impact through a community strengthening approach to bring about neighbourhood change. Elsewhere, for example in the national Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters HIPPY and in the Saver Plus matched savings program, we work through partnerships with other organisations well established in local communities.

Our research and policy work involves relationships at all levels from local to national or even international.

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Reconciliation Action Plan 2014 - 2017

The RAP is an opportunity to articulate and pledge practical actions the Brotherhood of St Laurence can take in its spheres of influence to contribute to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and other Australians.

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