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.

Our vision

An Australia free of poverty.

Our mission

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 values

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
  • collaborative.

Our ambition

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.


Our goals

Economic security for all

Wellbeing, social inclusion empowerment and dignity for all

Inclusive services and communities

A trusted voice nationally on poverty and disadvantage

An inclusive, effective, efficient and agile organisation


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.

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