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Our publications document Brotherhood research and policy analysis, share learning from evaluations of Brotherhood services, and keep our supporters informed about our work.

See also journal articles and contributions to books by Brotherhood researchers.

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By Marcus Banks and Dina Bowman, 2017

To understand why people on low incomes do or do not take out insurance we need to understand their overall financial circumstances and the multiple risks they face.

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July 2017 (PDF, 189 KB)

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By John van Kooy and Agathe Randrianarisoa 2017

What is needed to overcome the disadvantage faced by asylum seekers when competing in the labour market?

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By Dina Bowman, Shelley Mallett and Diarmuid Cooney-O’Donoghue June 2017

In a changing employment and budgetary context, there is renewed interest in the concept of a basic income – a form of social security in which individuals receive a regular, often unconditional payment from either government or a public institution.

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By Dina Bowman, Marcus Banks, Geraldine Fela, Roslyn Russell and Ashton de Silva 2017

Financial wellbeing as a concept has become popular in the fields of social policy, service delivery and personal financial products. This working paper traces the development of the concept.

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By Dina Bowman and John van Kooy, November 2016

This working paper proposes a framework to highlight the interrelationships of different factors that affect inclusive work and economic security, in four complementary domains.

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November 2016 (PDF, 81 KB)

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September 2016 (PDF, 113 KB)

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By George Myconos, May 2016

This scan of academic and grey literature was commissioned to inform the design and delivery of vocational and workplace training for young unemployed people in south-east Melbourne.

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By Dina Bowman, Joseph Borlagdan and Sharon Bond, 2015

The term 'youth transitions' has become increasingly fraught as the age range of 'youth' is stretched.

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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.

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