Research & Policy Projects

Our current research and policy projects are listed below.

For further information about a research project, please contact the research staff directly or phone our office on (03) 9483 1183.

You may also view a list of completed projects here »


Major projects


Current projects

Supporting parents of young children to plan for future employment involves opportunities and challenges.

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In partnership with La Trobe University, the Brotherhood is conducting research into local employment issues for refugees in the City of Hume. If you are a representative of a local service provider, a community organisation or an employer in Hume, we’d like to hear your views.

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By 2060, nearly half of Australians aged 64 or older will be employed. Failure to address their health problems could threaten Australia’s economy, tax base and health and care services.

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Developing Independence is a certificate course to help residents of youth foyers to develop their personal vision and gain confidence to re-engage with learning, employment and community life.

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Spinning the plates

This study will explore how low and moderate income Australian households are coping with financial uncertainty, especially with variations in wages or Centrelink payments from one week to the next.

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This research examines the role of private registered training organisations in delivering training to young people who have left school early.

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Categories:  Inclusive education

The way human services are funded is changing. There are new opportunities for community service organisations, but risks too. Do charitable providers have to choose between the money or the mission, or can we balance both?

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Existing policy responses to workforce age discrimination tend to focus on the role of employers in providing opportunities for older Australians. This research project by contrast will focus on employment services and how their staff might work more effectively with mature-age jobseekers.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence worked with Monash Sustainability Institute and other project partners to assess the effectiveness of the Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program (HEEUP).

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The development of three new education first ‘Youth Foyers’ in Victoria includes a research project to evaluate this integrated support to young people who are unable to live at home and are at risk of homelessness.

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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.

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