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

The Brotherhood has collaborated with the Melbourne Business School, through its Asia Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre, in a study of employer engagement initiatives involving disadvantaged jobseekers.


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How is children’s social, emotional and cognitive development affected by the stresses associated with living in poverty?

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The first stage of this research developed a framework for identifying capabilities and enhancing social inclusion of older Australians.

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Stepping Stones offers training, mentoring and support to help women from refugee and migrant backgrounds expand their business skills and increase their participation in business and the community.

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This study examines mature aged people's lived experience, pathways and outcomes of involuntary non-participation or underparticipation in paid work.

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The Brotherhood has developed a community education and support project for young people based at the High Street Centre in Frankston.

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Life Chances study

Life Chances is a unique longitudinal study that examines how family income, social class, ethnicity and gender affect the lives of individuals.

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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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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.