Our people

Professor Shelley Mallett
Director of Research and Policy Centre

Shelley Mallett leads the research and policy work of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and has a joint position with the University of Melbourne as a Professorial Fellow of Social Policy.

Her career has been diverse, spanning service delivery, service development, and training, as well as academic research and teaching. Shelley began her professional life as a speech pathologist, moving on to parent adolescent mediation and counselling before developing an academic career in sociology and anthropology which she pursued for over 12 years at the Australian National University, Latrobe University and the University of Melbourne.

Shelley has a passion for working at the intersection of research policy and practice and held positions at Melbourne City Mission, followed by four years at Hanover Welfare Services before taking up this joint position at the Brotherhood and the University of Melbourne in 2012. Shelley’s research interests are youth transitions, the role of the not-for-profit sector, and the future of social security.

Shelley is a board member of the Council to Homeless Persons.


The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

Find out more about the work of the Brotherhood
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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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