Research and policy publications

Our publications document Brotherhood research and policy analysis and share learning from evaluations of Brotherhood services.

Browse our publications »

Brotherhood Update enewsletter

Our Brotherhood Update enewsletter keeps readers informed about new research publications and projects, as well as policy submissions and opinion pieces.

Read the latest issue, Brotherhood Update February 2020

See other recent issues of Brotherhood Update

Register to receive this free enewsletter at the Subscribe link below

Research reports

Reports from our research include literature reviews, program evaluations, policy analysis and insights from people experiencing disadvantage. You can browse titles since January 2002.

Most full reports and summaries may be freely downloaded as PDF files.  

For wider searches, use the library catalogue or contact the library, phone (03) 9483 1387, or email library(at)

Policy submissions

To further its work for an Australia free of poverty the Brotherhood of St Laurence makes submissions to government and independent inquiries on policy issues which affect disadvantaged Australians.

View Brotherhood of St Laurence policy submissions from 2000. For earlier submissions contact the Brotherhood Social Policy Library by phone (03) 9483 1388 or by email library(at)

Social Policy Working Papers

This occasional online series began in 2004 as a joint undertaking of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne. The working papers provide insights from research presented or in progress at the Brotherhood or at the Centre. In 2013 the Centre for Public Policy became part of the Melbourne School of Government.

View the social policy working papers.  

Contributions to books

Brotherhood research staff have been invited to write chapters for social policy books published in Australia and overseas. Recent titles are listed here.

Journal articles

Brotherhood researchers contribute articles to journals in a variety of disciplines. Recent articles are listed here, with links to the relevant journal.

Brotherhood Comment

Brotherhood Comment, a research newsletter published three or four times a year from 1991 to 2013, provided a periodic overview of current research projects and policy analysis.

Browse or download issues of Comment from 2000 to 2013.

Earlier issues of Brotherhood Comment (from December 1997 to April 2000) can be accessed on Pandora, the National Library's permanent archive.

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.

Find out more about the work of the Brotherhood
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