Opening Doors

Celebrating the work of the Ecumenical Migration Centre 

  • Sharifa Abika standing in the doorway of the Somali Street Food Cafe

Our Multicultural Communities Team (previously known as the Ecumenical Migration Centre) has been supporting migrants, refugees and asylum seekers since 1956. The Opening Doors booklet (PDF, 1.5MB), launched by the Victorian Governor in November 2016, captures some of the highlights.


Former staffers reflect on their experiences at the Ecumenical Migration Centre.

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Highlights from the past 60 years

Celebrating the MCT’s sixtieth anniversary at Government House

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