Research & Policy Projects

Our current research and policy projects are listed below.

For further information about a research project, please contact the research staff directly or phone our office on (03) 9483 1183.

You may also view a list of completed projects here »


Major projects


Current projects

Spinning the plates

26 October 2016

This study will explore how low and moderate income Australian households are coping with financial uncertainty, especially with variations in wages or Centrelink payments from one week to the next.

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This research examines the role of private registered training organisations in delivering training to young people who have left school early.

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Categories:  Inclusive education

The way human services are funded is changing. There are new opportunities for community service organisations, but risks too. Do charitable providers have to choose between the money or the mission, or can we balance both?

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Existing policy responses to workforce age discrimination tend to focus on the role of employers in providing opportunities for older Australians. This research project by contrast will focus on employment services and how their staff might work more effectively with mature-age jobseekers.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence worked with Monash Sustainability Institute and other project partners to assess the effectiveness of the Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program (HEEUP).

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The development of three new education first ‘Youth Foyers’ in Victoria includes a research project to evaluate this integrated support to young people who are unable to live at home and are at risk of homelessness.

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Australia faces a pressing need for quality flexible learning programs to cater for the increasing number of young people who are disengaging from schooling at an early age.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence has led a consortium developing a Centre of Excellence at Sumner House, our residential aged care facility in Fitzroy.

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Topics:  Inclusive ageing

Information technology provides ever-expanding opportunities to communicate, gather information, conduct personal business, access service, and enjoy entertainment and hobbies.

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Topics:  Inclusive ageing

The Brotherhood advocates for energy efficiency policy and program development, which assists low income households.

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