Media Centre

The Brotherhood of St Laurence provides authoritative comment, information and data analysis on leading social issues in Australia.

We also assist media in identifying genuine voices and compelling case studies that reflect the realities of life for people battling poverty in Australia. We produce our own content ranging from blogs, video, and social media. Here you can find the latest media releases and a selection of news links where we are featured. 

Media inquiries

Jeannie Zakharov, Senior Communications Manager
Phone: (03) 9483 2487 or 0428 391 117
Email: jzakharov(at)

Sharon Lee, Communications Manager
Phone: (03) 9483 1329 or 0499 300 982
Email: sharon.lee(at)

Recent Media

Homeless camp crackdown won't fix the problem, state government's new adviser warns, The Age, 10 February 2017
Tony Nicholson, head of the Brotherhood, has been appointed to advise the Victorian government on its plans to reduce rough sleeping in Melbourne’s CBD. In an interview with The Age, Tony said rough sleeping in the city was a "small but visible manifestation of a much broader problem" and needs a long-term strategy.

Middle Eastern migrants aren’t ‘piling on to the dole queue’, The Conversation, 8 February 2017
Claims that Middle Eastern migrants are “piling on to the dole queue” are misleading, according to recently released labour market data.

Table tennis bringing Melbourne migrants together, ABC, 6 January 2017
Each week a group of elderly migrants meet for a bout of table tennis and a chance to catch up at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in inner Melbourne.

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Brotherhood Blog

Some young people from the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula area on Melbourne’s outskirts had a taste of the big city and got an inside look into how to tackle poverty and homelessness on a recent urban camp.

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The Future of the Community Welfare Sector, Tony Nicholson, 27 May 2014
Brotherhood of St Laurence Executive Director, Tony Nicholson, delivered a speech in which he considered the path the community welfare sector will take over the next two decades.

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