Brotherhood blog

Welcome to the Brotherhood of St Laurence's blog.

We aim to tell human stories and offer an 'on-the-ground' insight on the challenges involved in achieving an Australia free of poverty.


Hello there, I’m Simon Biggs, Brotherhood Chair at the University of Melbourne. I filmed this clip because I could not get to a conference in Dijon, France. It’s the first time I’ve sat at home and talked to the small camera on my laptop outside Skype, but the organisers for some reason thought I had something different to say.

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Hi, my name's Hilary and I started my own business, Dixon Appointments, 14 years ago. I got into recruitment at a young age and, for me, that was just a revelation. I found something I thoroughly loved.

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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
Australian Aboriginal flag, a yellow circle on two horizontal black and red stripes

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.

Torres Strait Islander flag, an icon of a traditional headdress on blue, black and green stripes