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:

0428 391 117
0499 300 982

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

Like many, the Brotherhood of St Laurence had hoped this Budget would begin to address the inadequacy of the Newstart payment rate.

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The Victorian Budget represents a missed opportunity for the State Government to put forward a coherent strategy to address the problems of persistent disadvantage in some of the most neglected parts of our community, the Brotherhood of St Laurence said today.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence has joined over 50 organisations and 1200 individuals across Australia to campaign for asylum seekers to have the right to work. We believe the right to work is a fundamental human right that should be upheld.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence will show Melbournians how to transform household trash into treasure at the Recycling is Fun Day at the Melbourne Town Hall, on Friday 22 February, during the Sustainable Living Festival.

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Victoria’s Auditor-General today released a report evaluating recent initiatives to tackle homelessness stemming from the state and federal National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).

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Topics: Homelessness

As households struggle with rising energy prices, a State Government scheme providing free light-globes and shower heads contributed to power-saving improvements in close to half a million households across Melbourne.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence and Hanover Welfare Services welcomed today’s announcement by Minister Lovell of the Victorian Government's second youth foyer to be operated at Holmesglen TAFE, Waverley Campus.

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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