Past events

Brotherhood Talks - The Productivity Commission: reflections and relevance

Date 12:00 PM 08 August 2019 - 13:00 PM 08 August 2019

Peter Harris AO, former Chair of the Productivity Commission will be interviewed by Alison McClelland AM former Commissioner, and Life Member of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Together they will examine the Commission’s impact and its contribution to Australian policy development. They will discuss some of its pivotal work in recent years, the strengths and weaknesses of the Commission, it’s changing approach, remit and future potential.

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Brotherhood Talks - NDIS: Where to next?

Date 12:00 PM 25 July 2019 - 13:30 PM 25 July 2019

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the biggest social policy reform introduced since Medicare. Introduced in 2013, transition to the NDIS from the earlier state based disability systems is nearing completion. In this session we reflect on the progress of these reforms so far and consider future prospects.

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Brotherhood Lunchtime Seminar: Refugees - prospects & potential

Date 12:00 PM 20 June 2019 - 14:00 PM 20 June 2019
Location Father Tucker’s Community Room

The Research & Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence is delighted to invite you to attend our very special World Refugee Day session of Brotherhood Talks.

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The role of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) in delivering for low income Australians and ensuring no one is left behind

Date 12:00 PM 14 May 2019 - 13:30 PM 14 May 2019
Location Father Tucker's Room, 67 Brunswick st, Fitzroy

The Research & Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence is delighted to invite you to attend our Tuesday 14 May session of Brotherhood Talks:

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Brotherhood Lunchtime Seminar: Justice & Climate Transitions

Date 11 April 2019
Location Father Tucker’s Community Room

To avoid dangerous climate change, the world must drastically cut its greenhouse gases emissions. This transition will be costly and disruptive – who benefits and who is burdened will depend on the choices we make and the paths we take. Professor Jeremy Moss argues for a concrete framework to assess impacts and guide choices.

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The BSL Research and Policy Centre Lunchtime seminars are back up and running for 2019

Date 12:00 PM 21 March 2019 - 13:00 PM 21 March 2019
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence Head Office, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Affordable Housing in a Nutshell


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The future of social protection in a changing labour market: Towards a research and policy agenda

Date 12:00 PM 04 October 2018 - 13:00 PM 04 October 2018
Location Father Tucker’s Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence

Presenter: Professor Peter Whiteford, the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University (including video)

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Welfare to Work in UK and Australia: Sanctions, Supports and Conditionality

Date 09:00 AM 25 September 2018 - 13:00 PM 25 September 2018
Location Prest Theatre, 111 Barry Street, Carlton VIC

As part of Brotherhood of St Laurence’ Reclaiming Social Security seminar series we co-hosted a Symposium with the University of Melbourne on Welfare to Work.

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The right to social security – what it means for Australia

Date 12:00 PM 13 September 2018 - 13:00 PM 13 September 2018
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

You are invited to the next Brotherhood of St Laurence Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime Seminar, "The right to social security – what it means for Australia", presented by Associate Professor Beth Goldblatt, University of Technology Sydney, University of New South Wales and the University of the Witwatersrand.

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2018 Henderson Conference

Date 09:00 AM 15 February 2018 - 17:00 PM 16 February 2018
Location The University of Melbourne

This two-day conference, presented by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Institute, commemorated the 50th anniversary of Professor Ronald Henderson's pivotal work on poverty in Australia.

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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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Australian Aboriginal flag, a yellow circle on two horizontal black and red stripes

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