Refugees and settlement

The Brotherhood's Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC) has been working with new arrivals since 1956. Today, the EMC, together with the African Australian Community Centre (AACC), leads the Brotherhood’s work with refugees. 

What we do

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The Brotherhood offers:

Are you a service provider who wants to improve their ability to work with culturally diverse individuals and families? The Brotherhood's Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC) offers interactive cross-cultural responsiveness training.

What Works DVD

Our What Works DVD is available from the Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC) and can be viewed below. The DVD was created by the Employment Action for Refugees Network, which is supported by the Brotherhood's EMC and Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre.

Support our work

You can support our work by making a charitable gift, or volunteering your time.

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2015 Stepping Stones intake now open!

Would you like to make a difference to the lives of refugee and migrant women?
Do you have business experience that you could share?
We’re looking for female business mentors for women in BRIMBANK!

The Stepping Stones program is running 2 day mentor training in May.

Where: Good Shepherd, 354 Main Road West, St Albans (near St Albans train station)

When: 5.30pm - 9pm, Thursday 7th & Thursday 14th May, 2015

See the Mentor Training flyer for more information, or contact Kathy Kroes on 0409 296 495 or at kkroes(at)

Submission regarding the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014

The Brotherhood of St Laurence recently made a submission on the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014. Our primary recommendation is that this Bill be rejected, so that people seeking Australia’s protection are treated fairly under the Migration Act, with permanent protection remaining available to those found to be refugees, regardless of their mode or date of arrival.

Racism. It Stops With Me

Racism. It Stops With Me is a campaign that invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens.

Racism It Stops With Me
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