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.

Somali Street Food Cafe opens thanks to Brotherhood of St Laurence’s small business program, Herald Sun, 4 December 2016
Ms Abiikar said she could not have done it without the Brotherhood’s Stepping Stones to Small Business program.

Underemployed Australian Youth Face ‘Looming Crisis’, Wall Street Journal, 15 December 2016
“It’s a looming crisis,” said Tony Nicholson, executive director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, a welfare group. “If you have large numbers of young people whose modest aspirations for a mainstream lifestyle are thwarted, all sorts of social ills arise from that.”

Transport a big barrier for young job seekers, ABC The World Today, 21 November 2016
The national welfare group Brotherhood of St Laurence has found that more than 60 per cent of young jobseekers don't have a driver's licence.

Terror victim's son makes plea for change, Nine News, 21 November 2016
Alpha Cheng has penned a column for the Brotherhood of St Laurence in which he reflects on the murder of his father at the hands of a radicalised 15-year-old outside NSW Police headquarters in Parramatta.

Limited transport is a big barrier to young people getting jobs, The Age, 21 November 2016
A new report released by the Brotherhood of St Laurence reveals limited public transport is a major barrier preventing young people from getting and keeping a job.

Only one job advertised for every six low-skilled jobseekers – report, The Guardian, 31 October 2016
Anglicare says lack of entry-level roles in Australia’s labour market is pushing would-be workers below the poverty line.

Watch shocking video of Fitzroy before the hipsters descended, Daily Review, 19 October 2016
Long before the internet, hashtags and cat videos were invented, the Brotherhood of St Laurence was tapping into the power of film.

Bright future for Kirsty, Bayside News, 17 October 2016
Getting up every day to go to work was something Frankston’s Kirsty Biswas thought she might never have the opportunity to do.

The key to successful savings programs, Blue Notes: ANZ Blog, 15 September 2016
Saving is like magic, in that sense that advanced science is like magic: profound and yet ultimately logical. Saving is a simple financial behaviour which can transform lives. It changes mindsets, creates aspirations and improves wellbeing.

Our youth jobs report card: are you people for real?, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September 2016
On the face of it, a report card on our performance, Investing in Youth: Australia - to be released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development at a forum hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne on Monday - gives us a pass.

Caught in an unemployment netherworld: too young to retire, too old to get a job, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 September 2016
After 26 years of helping other people find a job, Ricci Bartels joined the unemployment queue.

Return to Sydney better than he dreamed it, Aged Care Insite, 8 August 2016
Barry's travels took him to Melbourne, where he found residence at Sambell Lodge, an aged-care residence for socially disadvantaged people run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Future now bright thanks to Education First Youth Foyer, Herald Sun, 6 July 2016
A Youth foyer nearing its second anniversary is helping young people reach for the stars.

Want to end youth homelessness? This works, The Age, 1 June 2016
How do you stop being Aboriginal?
When Christinaray Weetra​ was a timid seven-year-old at a mainstream school, she tried her best to make it happen. Blend in, speak like everyone else, don't stand out. She was teased anyway.

SA youth unemployment rates among worst in the nation, new data shows, ABC news, 16 March 2016
In the Barossa and Mid North region, the percentage of 15 to 24 year olds looking for work has reached almost 20 per cent.

Youth unemployment, the Sydney hotspots, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 March 2016
The eastern suburbs and Ryde district are among Sydney's youth unemployment "hotspots" in a new analysis of jobless data.

Youth unemployment hotspots persist in regional and rural Australia, data shows, ABC news, 15 March 2016
Young people are struggling to find work across Australia, but none more so than those living in outback Queensland, new analysis of jobless data shows. ABC

Daring to make a difference', Australian Ageing Agenda, 25 November 2015
For Paul Brophy, his work begins with building connections – with his residents, other aged care organisations and the community.

Make love not war – three clever Australian initiatives that are bringing fringe-dwellers into the mainstream, The West Australian, 23 November 2015
The Brotherhood’s Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers program is extending a helping hand to asylum seekers with work rights and forging strong bonds within local communities.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence opens Coolibah Café, Bean Magazine, 20 November 2015
The Coolibah Senior Citizens Centre in Fitzroy has unveiled its first mobile cafe and offers barista training to Brotherhood clients.

NFP Launches Hope Prize, Pro Bono Australia News, 1 September 2015
A new Not for Profit national short story competition aimed at exploring hope and resilience in the face of poverty and disadvantage has been launched by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Fraying on the fringe: Dealing with disadvantage in Mernda, The Age, 29 August 2015
Isolation, lack of schools, lack of transport and local jobs combine with financial stress make for a hard life for many that is not obvious to the outsider.

Ready, willing and able, AGENDAS magazine, Spring 2015 (PDF file, 84 KB)
Read about political refugee Kathy's journey through the Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers program.

Job link program a win-win for asylum seekers and employers, VECCI magazine, Spring 2015 (PDF file, 145 KB)
'We are dealing with a group whose motivation is off the scale. At the same time, the employer gets skilled, loyal and motivated individuals to work with.' Read more about the Given the Chance program.

Work remains a mirage for skilled but stymied asylum seekers, 26 August 2015, The Conversation
Assisting asylum seekers to understand and navigate the Australian job market, recognising their skills and working with employers to reduce negative perceptions are key strategies to give them a chance in the workforce.

'Nowhere to go': Troubled teens find hope in unique housing program, 12 August 2015, SBS
A unique housing model is helping at-risk young Australians to break the cycle of homelessness.

Who's on the outer? Uncovering poverty's many faces, The Conversation, 22 July 2015
The Social Exclusion Monitor, developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University of Melbourne, has proven useful in Australia to measure the extent and evolution of a wider notion of poverty and disadvantage.

Refugees welcome: inside Melbourne's social enterprise cafe boom, The Guardian, 15 July 2015
Finding work is a problem regularly encountered by refugees who have found a new home in Australia, with many employees unwilling to give them a chance. 

In or out: The face of poverty in the new economy, The Sunday Age, 12 July 2015
The Brotherhood of St Laurence, working with the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, has just released its fifth Social Exclusion Monitor.

Electricity costs hurting Victorians, 3AW, 7 July 2015
According to a new report commissioned by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Victorians have been slugged exorbitant 'retail charges' on electricity bills since 2008.

Anatomy of an electricity bill - where does the money go? The Age, 7 July 2015
According to a report released this morning by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, more of the money paid in electricity bills is going to the power retailer.

Victorians 'dudded' on electricity, The Age, 7 July 2015
The report, 'A critique of the Victorian retail electricity market', found the part of the average Victorian's electricity bills that is paid to the retailer has more than tripled since 2008. 

Calls for inquiry into Vic's pricey power, ABC, 7 July 2015
Research by The Brotherhood of St Laurence has found a sharp rise in power bills in Victoria.

A generation caught in the attrition trap, The Age, 24 June 2015
For youngsters there's a form of bad luck that isn't widely recognised by those of us already ensconced in the workforce: to have the misfortune to be leaving school or university at a time when the economy has turned down and few employers are taking on recruits.

Diplomat dream closer, Hume Leader, 23 June 2015
Belal el-Baba’s dream of becoming a national ambassador is a step closer, with the 19-year-old preparing to sit in at this year’s Youth Parliament.

Activists long haul to cafe dreams coming true, The Age, 21 June 2015
Jane and Francois Marx have given everything they have to their new cafe, Long Street Coffee, a social enterprise employing refugees. 

'Very loyal' productive workers: the same people we fear as refugees, The Conversation, 19 June 2015
There are positive stories to be told about asylum seekers and refugees and their relationship with the Australian community. 

Skills to success: Education pathways help turn unemployment rates around, ABC, 17 June 2015
One of the biggest barriers to employment is a lack of skills and to acquire those skills can be difficult after long periods of unemployment.

Music helped me connect: Helping refugee women build bridges, SBS, 17 June 2015
A women's network in Melbourne helps newly-arrived refugees find their feet and make new friends.

Music Kwai's bridge to future, Hume Leader, 9 June 2015
This year, the singer is among 15 volunteers supporting the Bridging Women's World program, which unites hundreds of women from different cultures.  

Business program to open doors for Hume's migrant women, Hume Leader, 19 May 2015
When Ying Bai packed her life into a suitcase to start a new one in Australia she never imagined it would be the beginning of a business venture.

SBS series Struggle Street sparks debate in Mt Druitt, SBS, 7 May 2015
Some people maintained it unfairly tainted the whole community while many thought it accurately highlighted the plight of the disadvantaged.

Bridging hospitality employment gaps by giving asylum seekers a chance, Hospitality Magazine, 24 March 2015
Given the Chance to Asylum Seekers’ employment consultant Brian Finnigan speaks to Hospitality Magazine about the innovative recruitment model that works intensively with employers and job seekers. 

Take it from me: We can't afford to crush young people's employment hopes, The Age, 2 March 2015
Edited version of the foreword to the Brotherhood's Youth Unemployment Monitor.

Senator Muir reveals his ''soul destroying'' experience of unemployment, The Age, 2 March 2015
Victorian Senator Ricky Muir has spoken candidly of his own "soul destroying" experience of long term joblessness and insecure work.

Entrepreneurs cleaning up with new careers thanks to Stepping Stones program, Brimbank Leader/Herald-Sun online, 25 February 2015
The Brotherhood of St Laurence's Stepping Stones program for migrant and refugee women is moving into Brimbank electorate. 

Youth unemployment hits a new high as people locked out of workforce, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 February 2015
As youth unemployment in Australia rises, Brotherhood of St Laurence Executive Director, Tony Nicholson, calls for the establishment of a federally funded national program to aid young people from education to the workplace while supporting employers who want to give them a start.

Saver Plus program gives poor keys to lasting success, Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 18 February 2015
New research shows that savers in this great program are more confident and able to better control their finances, reports economics columnist Ross Gittins.

Fair Go For The West: Jobs crisis the No.1 priority, The Daily Telegraph, 17 February 2015
Youth unemployment in Western Sydney is running at up to triple the rate recorded in the adult population, prompting fears that despite access to quality education some of the region’s brightest minds are not fulfilling their potential ­because they can’t get jobs.

Hsar Thein Ju from the Karen community of Burma, Radio Station 774 ABC Melbourne, 3 February 2015
Young refugee Hsar Thein Ju from Burma is the first person to secure a paid park-ranger traineeship with Parks Victoria, in an initiative supported by The Brotherhood of St Laurence. In this segment he talks to ABC Radio 774’s Richard Stubbs.

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