Refugees and settlement

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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

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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Stronger Relationships

We offer a $200 subsidy for relationship education and counselling through the Stronger Relationships program.This program, supported by the Department of Social Services, aims to help couples build and maintain healthy relationships.

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For more information on this or our courses Successful Relationships, Successful Marriages and Successful Parenting, please email  emc(at) or phone us on (03) 8412 8700.

Register for your voucher in the meantime so that we can accept your enrolment right away!


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