Refugees, Immigration and Multiculturalism

We work to include refugees, migrants and asylum seekers – and their communities – in the economic and social life of Australia.

Brain Bank participant, Halima, in the library

Our services that assist individuals, families and communities to settle in this country are the result of experience stretching back to 1956 in supporting both new arrivals and more established disadvantaged groups.

Children and families

The refugee and migrant experience can have a significant impact on families, often presenting challenges and hardship due to families suffering trauma, loss and displacement.  

The Brotherhood of St Laurence provides vital support for children and families of migrant and refugee backgrounds. Our services are research and evidence based and help families build stronger, happier and healthier lives in their new country.

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INTEGRATED FAMILY SERVICES
(03) 8412 8709
Our program works with culturally-diverse families to provide support with parenting and child well-being during times of stress or difficulty. 
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REFUGEE CHILD OUTREACH PROGRAM
(03) 9422 5650
The Refugee Child Outreach program helps to meet the health, development and settlement needs of newly arrived children living in inner Melbourne, by working with their families and linking them to appropriate services.
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PARENT SCHOOL CONNECT
(03) 9543 1324
Parent School Connect aims to engage parents from refugee, asylum seeker and migrant backgrounds with their children’s learning and promote shared responsibility for education among parents and teachers.
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Employment pathways

Refugees, migrants and asylum seekers bring to their new community strengths, skills and the drive to succeed. The Brotherhood provides mentoring, workshops and individualised support to assist new arrivals to navigate education, training and employment systems in Australia.

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EMPLOYMENT PATHWAYS FOR YOUNG ASYLUM SEEKERS
(03) 9422 5650
EPYAS provides workshops for young people aged 18 to 30 years to learn about training, working and volunteering in Australia.
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GIVEN THE CHANCE
(03) 9288 9946
Given the Chance has been designed to assist marginalised job seekers into work, support employers to grow and diversify their workforce, and foster social benefit and inclusion in workplace communities.
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RESOURCE YOUTH
(03) 9422 5650
Resource works with young people to empower them to make informed decisions about their education, training, employment and volunteering pathways.
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STEPPING STONES TO SMALL BUSINESS
(03) 9422 5650
Our Stepping Stones program offers mentoring training and support to women from a refugee, asylum seeker and migrant background, to help them develop new skills and increase their participation in business and the community.
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YOUTH TRANSITION SUPPORT PILOT PROGRAM
(03) 9483 2498
The Youth Transition pilot program aims to help refugees and vulnerable migrants, aged 15-25, to get the skills they need for a job, and take part in the community through work, education and sport.
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Empowering communities

Taking a community development approach, the Brotherhood of St Laurence works alongside refugee, migrant and asylum seeker communities to understand their aspirations and build their capacity for social and economic participation.

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BRAIN BANK
(03) 8412 8704
The Brain Bank program matches skilled volunteers from the community with newly arrived refugees and migrants seeking mentoring or assistance to develop community projects.
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REFUGEE ACTION PROGRAM
(03) 9422 5650
The RAP program connects refugee communities with service providers and resources to address issues and concerns that arise in accessing services in an unfamiliar system. 
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Other programs

CROSS CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS TRAINING
(03) 9422 5650
Cross Cultural Responsiveness Training is offered to service providers who want to improve their ability to work with culturally diverse individuals and families.
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COMMUNITY PROPOSAL PILOT
The Community Proposal Pilot is a national trial by the Australian Government to enable communities to assist people to resettle in Australia under its Humanitarian Program. Expressions of interest for the July 2015–June 2016 round are now closed. 
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We are committed, through our integrated service centres, to helping local communities dealing with poverty and disadvantage to succeed and prosper. In particular we are focused on strengthening areas on the outskirts of Melbourne and country towns where the lack of jobs and services holds back individuals, families and communities.

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Find out more about the work of the Brotherhood
Brotherhood Books
Brotherhood of St Laurence Communtiy Stores
BROCAP
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Given the Chance

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.