Media Releases

The Brotherhood of St Laurence issues media releases on a range of topics relating to poverty and disadvantage.

For archived media releases, please contact the library: library(at)

For media inquiries, contact the Communications team on:

0491 159 256

To be added to our distribution list for media releases email media(at)

Stubborn rate of youth unemployment hits 265,000 young Australians

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Rents across Australia are untenable for Newstart recipients and unaffordable for pensioners, the Rental Affordability Index reveals.

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Community, health and research groups are calling on Energy Ministers to cut energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and create jobs by committing at the COAG Energy Council meeting to implement measures to substantially improve the energy efficiency of millions of existing homes.

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Nominations are now open for the 2019 Northern Multicultural Small Business Awards.

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People on low incomes who have trouble with their energy bills have saved hundreds of dollars a year, thanks to the Your Energy Broker program run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

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Statement by Brotherhood Executive Director Conny Lenneberg on the Interim Emissions Reduction Targets for Victoria (2021-2030) Final Report

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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.

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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