Stepping Stones participants

Are you a woman of refugee, migrant or asylum seeker background who would like to start their own small business in Australia but don't know where to start? Stepping Stones may be able to help you.

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Thinking of starting a small business?

Women are eligible for Stepping Stones to Small Business if they:

  • arrived in Australia as refugees, migrants or asylum seekers
  • have a basic level of English
  • have a business idea.

To find out more, please fill in an application form to get your name on the waiting list, or contact Rebecca Meddings on (03) 9422 5629 or rmeddings(at) for more information.

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
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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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