Strategic Plan 2019–2023
The Brotherhood of St Laurence works in communities across Australia to alleviate and prevent poverty.
This strategic plan was a true collaboration between the Brotherhood of St Laurence Board, its Charter and Life members, organisational stakeholders and devoted people. It’s formed from their experience, combined with research on Australia’s changing state of poverty, our previous performance and the need for greater focus and accountability.
It draws from our mission and vision, but also how we build the capability of those living in disadvantage and living below the poverty line.
An Australia free of poverty.
We pursue systemic change for a fairer, more compassionate and just society in which all can fully participate in social, civic and economic life, create and share prosperity, and treat each other with dignity and respect.
Our work, inspired by Father Tucker and sustained through our history, is epitomised by the story of the good neighbour. A good neighbour acts to meet the needs of others with grace and courage, because all people matter. Our vocation is loving service, crucial to our pursuit of justice, and the building of community for the mutual flourishing of all. We are:
- passionate advocates for justice
- compassionate and inclusive
- accountable and work with integrity
- always seeking to learn and innovate
To directly build the capability of over 150,000 people who experience disadvantage, through our Community Programs, Disability Services, and Aged Care Services, so that they can find sustainable pathways out of poverty.
In addition, for the 3,200,000 people living below the poverty line in Australia, to be a catalyst for a significant reduction in poverty, by leveraging our research and service innovation for policy reform, system reform and social change.
To contribute to the national effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by partnering with all levels of government, the private sector, civil society organisations and communities. The SDGs include a core commitment to halve the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions by 2030. Other SDGs critical to this effort focus on quality education, decent work, reduced inequalities, gender equality, climate action, energy affordability.
We focus on overcoming poverty by building Economic Security, Social Inclusion, Wellbeing, and Empowerment & Dignity.