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`No child -' : child poverty in Australia. /

by McClelland, Alison | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2000Description: iv, 74 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: April 2000 Includes bibliographical references (p. 67-74) This report was commissioned by the Children's Task Force, chaired by the Hon. Alistair Nicholson, Chief Justice, Family Court of AustraliaSummary: Draws on previous research by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and others during the 1980s and 1990s to detail the extent, incidence and impact of child poverty on Australian society. In addition to discussing the work of academic and social policy analysts in Australia and overseas, the report examines the effects of government taxation policy on inequality and provides proposals to redress child poverty.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
'I'm a person not a job!' : establishing core competencies for Change in Brotherhood of St Laurence Residential Aged Care

by Ramcharan, Paul | David, Christina | Jones, Martyn | Moors, Rosetta.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic RMIT University. Centre for Applied Social Research 2015Description: x, 40 p. : ill. PDF.Other title: A study for the BSL–RMIT TRACS (Training and Research in Aged Care Services) partnership project.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The Core Competencies for Change in BSL Residential Aged Care was one of the five studies that made up the research program of the BSL/RMIT Teaching and Research in Aged Care Services (TRACS) ‘Sumner House1 Centre of Excellence’ project (2012–2014). The study sought to identify core competencies for excellence in aged care which would drive change in how care is delivered and so enhance the lives of Sumner House residents. The research was constructed to find consensus on the core competencies for high quality care and support among four stakeholder groups – residents, their families and friends, BSL aged care managers and Sumner House direct care staff. The results can be used by staff to adapt their service delivery and supports, by management to adapt policies and procedures, by residents in making claims of the service and by educational establishments in developing courses which reflect the competencies identified by four working groups.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
"I have had a past and I suppose I have a future, but ..." : a report to the Aged and Community Care Team, Brotherhood of St Laurence. /

by Nunkoosing, Karl | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Cook, Kay.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2006Description: vii, 27 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2006 Bibliography: p. 26-27Summary: Two researchers from Deakin University explored ageing in the city , through biographical interviews with twelve older or frail people who were clients of the Brotherhood s aged and community care services. They found that there were often complex connections between people s poverty, their precarious or problematic relationships, insecure or unsafe housing and ageing bodies and failing health.Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
10 strategies for improving employment outcomes for people with disability / Andrew Thies, Deborah Warr, Shelley Mallett and Diane Brown (RPC)

by Thies, Andrew | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Warr, Deborah | Mallett, Shelley | Brown, Diane.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2021Description: 30 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: At a glance: We identify 10 intersecting strategies that will drive systemic change to improve employment outcomes for people with disability in employment. Dive deeper: The next two years are critical for improving employment outcomes for people with disability, as government is overhauling multi-billion dollar employment systems. In addition, the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and structural changes to Australia’s labour market will put extra pressure on jobseekers facing disadvantage, including people with disability. In this report we build on evidence examined by the Brotherhood St. Laurence (BSL) in collaboration with the Disability and Health Unit at the University of Melbourne and BSL’s long experience in developing, delivering and evaluating labour market programs for people vulnerable to economic and social exclusion. The report offers a blueprint to guide government reforms to multiple systems that shape the employment opportunities of people with disability. The 10 strategies are: 1. Shift community attitudes towards people with disability 2. Develop national goals and evaluation mechanisms to track progress 3. Create agile funding structures and mechanisms that support person-centred employment policy 4. Implement an expansive stewardship role for government 5. Adopt a place-centred approach to employment while enabling wider opportunities 6. Design policies that promote mainstream employment 7. Integrate complementary social supports into employment programs for young people with disability 8. Use customised approaches to employment placement and support for both employers and employees 9. Support interagency collaboration 10. Promote the sustainability of the disability support workforce through ongoing training and enhancing job security These are not exhaustive of strategies that could support people with disability to thrive in employment. They should be understood as a web of interacting initiatives. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
A brief reprieve? : financial wellbeing after the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns / Emily Porter and Dina Bowman (RPC)

by Porter, Emily | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Bowman, Dina.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2021Description: 28 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: At a glance: Our analysis of Roy Morgan Single Source Survey data showed that during the low-COVID period (October 2020 to March 2021) that followed the 2020 peak of the crisis, there was no ‘snap-back’ for people on the lowest incomes. As government supports such as the Coronavirus Supplement were gradually withdrawn, many people were plunged (back) into poverty. Workers in affected industries continued to face challenges making ends meet, with employment and work-hours remaining below the pre-COVID level. Many who had drawn upon savings or taken on debt to get through the crisis faced a long rebuilding process to get back to their pre-crisis financial position. Dive deeper: Our paper explores financial wellbeing trends for vulnerable Australians after the 2020 COVID lockdowns, as the economy reopened and government supports were reduced. We also consider how prepared these groups were for a second crisis, particularly one with more limited government assistance, given the resurgence of COVID-19 in mid-2021. We use ANZ's Financial Wellbeing Indicator, which draws on multiple questions in the continuous Roy Morgan Single Source survey. The Indicator brings together three dimensions based on Kempson and colleagues’ (2017) model of financial wellbeing. These include the ability to meet everyday commitments, feeling comfortable about one’s financial situation and resilience to financial shocks. As Australia emerged from the 2020 lockdowns, many experienced a time of optimism and hope. However, the impact on financial wellbeing was far from over, particularly for social security recipients as the Coronavirus Supplement was wound back: Unemployed people who were likely to be receiving JobSeeker reported a 19% fall in their Meeting Commitments scores from the high-COVID period (March 2020 to September 2020). Meeting Commitments scores for single parents not in employment fell by a substantial 17% in the low-COVID period, leaving their scores around 50% lower than the Australian average. And there was still no respite for low-income workers struggling to make ends meet: Workers in the lowest 40% of households by income continued to face challenges meeting commitments, with scores for this dimension 10% below their pre-COVID level. The decline was even larger for workers in the bottom 20% of households by income: their average Meeting Commitments scores were 19% lower than pre-COVID. These short-term effects are likely to leave long-term scars. Low-income Australians who took on increased debt and drew down on superannuation are likely to face a long rebuilding process, as wages grow slowly and housing costs remain high. The lockdowns of 2021 can be expected to add to these challenges. As economies again reopen, the report highlights the need for continued government support as people rebuild their financial wellbeing. In the longer term, government needs to protect people from risk by investing in: a decent social safety net that protects against shocks ; investment in full employment to provide secure work and wage growth ; social infrastructure to support future growth. This report is part of the Financial Lives in Uncertain Times project. The research was made possible by the generous support of ANZ through the ANZ Tony Nicholson Fellowship and the provision under licence of Roy Morgan Single Source Survey data. ; Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
A conversation that never stops : an indicative study of the Parents As Career Transitions Support program

by Borlagdan, Joseph | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Peyton, Kyle.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014Description: 6 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: PACTS, a program helping parents to support their children?s decision making and choices about career pathways and relevant training, was developed by the Brotherhood and has since been adapted by others.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
A path to re-engagement : evaluating the first year of a Community VCAL education program for young people

by Myconos, George | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: viii, 47 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF | Summary Notes: Includes "A path to re-engagement : evaluating the first year of a Community VCAL education program for young people : research summary."Summary: In Frankston, the Brotherhood of St Laurence has developed a Community VCAL program tailored for young people aged 15 to 18 who have experienced barriers to mainstream education. Students undertake the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning - a Years 11 and 12 course which combines classroom tuition with vocational training and work placements - in a community setting rather than in a school. The evaluation of the inaugural year found that, notwithstanding some challenges, the program made a significant difference to the educational opportunities of most of its students. ; VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED LEARNING (VCAL)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
A positive influence : equipping parents to support young people's career transitions : evaluation of the PACTS program

by Bedson, Lois | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Perkins, Daniel.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2006Description: 33 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2006 Bibliography: p. 33Summary: This is the final evaluation of PACTS (Parents As Career Transition Supports), an innovative Brotherhood pilot project that aims to empower parents to better support their children's transition from school to work and/or further education by building their knowledge of post-school pathways and the contemporary job market. The study found clear benefits to parents, including providing relevant information and skills, addressing their concerns and fostering communication with children about career options, but also noted that the recruitment of parents to the program was resource-intensive.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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A preliminary evaluation of the Short Break Stay Program : respite care for people with dementia

by Mercieca, Monica | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Kimberley, Helen.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: 4 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The Short Break Stay program was established to offer people with advanced dementia a three-day stay in a homelike setting attended by staff especially trained to communicate closely with their carers and thereby replicate preferences and established home routines. This study found that this innovative response to carer needs, designed and delivered by Brotherhood Retirement and Ageing Services with financial support from the Commonwealth Respite Centre, provided real support and reassurance for carers and care recipients alike.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
A shared journey: insights from the Banksia Younger Onset Dementia Support Group

by Wickramasinghe, Seuwandi | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Carr, Ashley | Kimberley, Helen.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Melbourne Brotherhood of St Laurence 2015Description: 28 p. PDF.Online Access: Report | Summary Notes: Seuwandi Wickramasinghe and Ashley Carr are Research Officers, and Dr Helen Kimberley is Senior Manager, in the Retirement and Ageing transition team of the Brotherhood’s Research and Policy centre.Summary: This study of the Banksia Younger Onset Dementia Support Group, a pilot program to support people with younger onset dementia in the Frankston area of outer Melbourne, found that the participants valued being involved in choosing and organising activities that they find meaningful and enjoyable, and having the chance to share their experience with others.The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Banksia Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) Support Group in Frankston, Victoria, was created in 2013 in response to an identified gap in services. Funded by the HACC (Home and Community Care) Growth Fund, the pilot project recognises that the social and personal needs of younger people with dementia and their carers are distinct from their older counterparts, because of their stage in life when dementia is diagnosed. Moving away from conventional ‘professional’ service provision, the Support Group recognises members as individuals with expert knowledge stemming from their personal experiences of dementia. It assists them to initiate, plan and engage in activities, maintain social links and raise awareness of YOD in the community. This summary reports on an evaluation that used a Participatory Action Research approach to assess how well the Support Group had achieved the following short-term outcomes (first 12 months): • members’ participation in activities that are aligned with their interests • established links with the local community and use of local community support • increased number of members • established links with relevant agencies and services • slowing progression of dementia and delaying residential care • a documented model of social and personal support that is transferable across other YOD specific Planned Activity Group (PAG) programsAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
A taste for learning : evaluating a pre-Community VCAL program

by Myconos, George | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: viii, 28 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 27-28Summary: This report evaluates a pre-Community VCAL 'Taster' course offered at the Brotherhood of St Laurence's Frankston High Street Centre. The course engaged young people who were seriously disaffected with mainstream secondary school education, and who were facing their transition to adulthood without having acquired important skills. It provided valuable literacy, numeracy, vocational and social skills tuition, as well as the experience these students needed to make judgments about continuing vocational or further education. ; VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED LEARNING (VCAL)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Access for growth : services for mothers and babies. /

by Gilley, Tim | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1993Description: 70 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Melbourne 1993.; First in series of reports from Life Chances of Children Study. Second is 'What chance a job' (rec. no. B5684) and third 'Beyond the city' (rec. no.B6195).Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Addressing the challenges together : consultations with Brotherhood clients : research summary /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: July 2011 This is a summary of a longer, unpublished report prepared by Sharon Bond and Michael Horn for an internal Brotherhood audience.Summary: This summary of a longer unpublished report outlines the client consultations that the Brotherhood undertook to help inform its 2012-14 strategic review. Focus groups - and a short survey - were conducted with five groups of Brotherhood clients, including teenagers, parents, refugees/migrants, jobseekers and older clients. Recommendations from these clients covered a range of areas from improving access to quality doctors in the outer suburbs, increasing availability of social activities programs to offering refugee-specific services through Job Network Australia providers.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Adequacy and equity in retirement incomes : submission to the Strategic Review of Pensions Income and Assets Tests. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1994Description: 11 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 1994Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Adjusting to Consumer Directed Care : the experience of Brotherhood of St Laurence community aged care service users

by Simons, Bonnie | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Kimberley, Helen | McColl Jones, Nicky.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2016Description: vi, 22 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: May 2016 Summary: Australia’s approach to aged care provision to support people living in their own home has recently undergone radical change. At the core of the reform is the concept of self-directed care, which offers aged care clients individual choice and control of their government-subsidised Home Care Packages. The framework for the changes is Consumer Directed Care (CDC), which is defined as: ... a way of delivering services that allows consumers to have greater control over their own lives by allowing them to make choices about the types of care and services they access and the delivery of those services, including who will deliver the services and when (DSS 2014, p. 7). The transition to CDC commenced on 1 August 2013. All new Home Care Packages were mandated for delivery under the CDC framework from 1 July 2014, and all existing packages from 1 July 2015. A proprietary BSL model was developed for the delivery of services under the CDC framework. The model offers consumers a choice of three levels of autonomy, which define the amount of consumer self-management and which influence the total amount of money available to purchase services. A formative evaluation of the BSL model and the BSL transition to CDC was conducted by the BSL Research and Policy Centre Inclusive Ageing team using an action research approach that tracked the challenges faced during the transition and their resolution. This report focuses on the CDC experience of BSL Home Care Package consumers and their adjustment to the new model of service delivery under the Consumer Directed Care framework. Interviews with consumers and carers explored their understanding of CDC and the BSL model of delivery, the suitability and adequacy of information provided to them, the impact of the new arrangements on the services they received and activities they accessed, and their attitudes to the introduction of individual budgets and monthly financial statements. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Aged care policy and programs : a literature review. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1994Description: 30 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Review of services for older people no. 1 April 1994 2 copiesAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
All in it together? : financial wellbeing before COVID-19 / Emily Porter, Dina Bowman and Matthew Curry (RPC)

by Porter, Emily | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Curry, Matthew | Bowman, Dina.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2020Description: 28 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Our analysis of Roy Morgan Single Source Survey data showed that financial wellbeing in Australia improved in the two years before the COVID-19 crisis, but not all groups experienced the same improvements. At a glance In the two years up to March 2020, unemployed workers, single parents, disability pensioners, young people and renters did not share the overall improvement in financial wellbeing. Dive deeper In this first paper in a series on financial wellbeing in Australia we explore patterns and trends in the two years prior to the COVID-19 crisis, We identify where structural barriers limit the ability of vulnerable groups to improve their financial wellbeing and build long-term economic security. We use ANZ's Financial Wellbeing Indicator, which draws on multiple questions in the continuous Roy Morgan Single Source Survey. The Indicator brings together three dimensions based on Kempson and colleagues’ (2017) model of financial wellbeing: • respondents’ ability to meet everyday commitments • how financially secure they feel • and their resilience to negative shocks. Each survey respondent is scored from 0 to 100 for each dimension, and the average of the three scores is reported as the overall Financial Wellbeing Indicator score. Our analysis of the two-year period to March 2020 highlighted unequal patterns in financial wellbeing, including: • Increases in the ability to Meet Commitments were stronger among higher income households, with an average improvement of almost 7%, than among lower income households (just under 4%). • Unemployed workers spent almost 90% of their income on living expenses, leaving limited scope for saving. • In contrast to every other household type (coupled parents, couples and single adults), Financial Wellbeing scores for single parents declined, by 6%. •Among Disability Support Pensioners Financial Wellbeing scores decreased, driven by a sharp 21% decline in their ability to Meet Commitments. • Among young people (aged 18 to 29), Feeling Comfortable scores declined by 4%, though overall Financial Wellbeing increased by 4%. • Renters continued to experience weaker financial wellbeing, with scores around 30% lower than home owners and 15% below those with mortgages. This report is part of the Financial Lives in Uncertain Times project. The research was made possible by the generous support of ANZ through the ANZ Tony Nicholson Fellowship and the provision under licence of Roy Morgan Single Source Survey data. ; December 2020 Includes bibliographical references. ; Contents : Summary -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Inequality and insecurity before COVID 19 -- 3 Financial choices and wellbeing -- 4 Data and approach to analysis -- 5 Findings : Before the COVID-19 crisis, overall financial wellbeing in Australia was increasing, but not for everyone ; Why are some Australian falling behind when it comes to financial wellbeing? --- 6 Responding to the crisis and creating financial wellbeing for all -- References Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
All our children: children's entitlements to health, education and community services /

by Harris, Patricia | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1990Description: 61 p. Bibliography: p. 55-61.Other title: Child poverty policy review ; 4.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The children of Australia are divided by the distribution of Income and "wealth, by deep-seated and enduring cultural differences, by geographical distance and regional inequalities. Such differences have produced entrenched inequalities and led to the abrogation of many children's rights to good quality health, education and community services. The factors that divide children are exacerbated by the practices and institutions of government: federalism and its tensions, problems of co-ordination, centralised bureaucracies said to be distant from the people they are supposed to serve, and the lack of representation of the most economically, socially and culturally "oppressed groups. This paper analyses these divisions and identifies the general policies that are needed if all children's rights to good qualify health, education and community services are to be met. In essence, the paper argues for a consolidation and expansion of the services for children provided by government. It shows how 'the public provision of universally available health, education and community services is' necessary to ensure that all children share in the same spectrum of opportunities and that the consequences of economic and geographic inequality are counteracted Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Anthroposalata unlimited : possibilities for connecting community in Frankston. The Torch Project community consultation for the High Street multi-purpose centre

by Jope, Sally | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2005Description: iv, 16 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2005 Bibliography : p. 16Summary: The development of a multi-purpose centre in the Uniting Church complex at High Street Frankston has enabled the Brotherhood of St Laurence to explore ways to facilitate community participation. This report documents the process by which The Torch Project engaged with people in Frankston, including the development of Anthroposalata Unlimited, a cultural celebration reflecting local understandings of identity, history and social issues, and consultation about visions for the use of the High Street site.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Appendices to: The early years : consultation with providers of early childhood services in the Melbourne municipalities of Yarra, Hume and Moreland

by Rogers, Rosemary | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Martin, Jenny.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence and Centre for Community Child Health 2002Description: p.103-150.Other title: Early years : consultation with providers of early childhood services in the Melbourne municipalities of Yarra, Hume and Moreland: appendices .Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: This is the published version of an unpublished research report produced in November 2001. ; See The early years : consultation with providers of early childhood services in the Melbourne municpalities of Yarra, Hume and Moreland. rec no. [B11222] Phase two of the Early Years Project Website : http://www.bsl.org.auAvailability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Aspects of youth unemployment in Australia : a background paper prepared for the General Synod Youth Commission by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. /

by Magree, Catherine | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1994Description: 25 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 1994Summary: This paper outlines what is known of the nature, causes and effects of youth unemployment and summarises proposals to improve the situation of unemployed young people.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Assets for all : a review of the Australian Government's $77 billion support for asset-building

by Brody, Gerard | Brotherhood of St Laurence | McNess, Elizabeth.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: PDF, 14 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The authors of this report argue that Australia?s current asset-building policies largely support those who are already well off. Tax concessions on housing and superannuation in particular enable wealthier households to further accumulate assets while doing little for poorer families. Significant reform of the tax and transfer system is required so that policies to encourage asset building will benefit those who need support the most.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Attaining independence : addressing the needs of homeless young people /

by Magree, Catherine (comp.) | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Elkington, Deborah (comp.).

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1993Description: 45 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: A summary of material produced by the Brotherhood of St Laurence 1991-93Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Aussie battlers: families and children in poverty

by Trethewey, Jenny.

Publisher: Burwood, Vic. Collins Dove 1989Description: 178p.Notes: See also: Submisssion to the National Wage Case, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Fitzroy, 1966 in which this book was an additional attachment. Summary: Long before Prime Minister John Howard claimed to be on the side of the battlers , many Australians knew from personal experience what it meant to struggle with real poverty. This book from the late 1980s draws on the stories of 57 families who agreed to keep detailed records of their income and expenditure for a year, so that others might understand the effects of poverty on people s lives. Readers in later decades might well ask themselves how much has changed since Aussie battlers was written.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (3).
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Australians in poverty : a resource book

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St. Laurence 1990Description: 58 p. Bibliography: p. 50-57.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Barriers to hiring disadvantaged or vulnerable entry-level job seekers : Victorian employers' attitude survey

by Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Publisher: East Melbourne, Vic. Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: 52 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2009 Summary: This collaborative study explored recruitment and retention of low-skilled workers. It followed up some issues identified in the Victorian 2006 Skills Survey undertaken by the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI). The 2008 Skills Survey explored the extent to which recruitment of low-skilled workers was a problem for employers, as well as employee work readiness, foundational skills and vocational training, and the support mechanisms to increase worker retention.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Basic Income : trade-offs and bottom lines.

by Bowman, Dina | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Mallett, Shelley | Cooney-O'Donoghue, Diarmuid.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2017Description: 33 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: June 2017 Working PaperSummary: In a changing employment and budgetary context, there is renewed interest in the concept of a basic income – a form of social security in which individuals receive a regular, often unconditional payment from either government or a public institution. This working paper examines the purpose and intent of key basic income proposals and trials in Australia and overseas. It then proposes a nine-dimension framework, expanded from the framework of De Wispelaere and Stirton (2004), for assessing basic income policies, especially their capacity to underpin economic security. The paper is part of a program of activities to honour Professor Ronald Henderson’s work on poverty, social security and basic income. Conducted throughout 2016 and 2017, the program involves a partnership between the University of Melbourne and Brotherhood of St Laurence, supported by the Henderson family. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Being around other women makes you brave : evaluation of Stepping Stones, a micro-business program for women from refugee and migrant backgrounds

by Bodsworth, Eve | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Lobo de Queiroz, Juliana | Meddings, Rebecca.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014Description: viii, 42 p. ill (Main Report) ; 4 p. (Research Summary) PDF.Online Access: Main Report | Research Summary Notes: Includes PDF link to Main report and the Research Summary Summary: Stepping Stones, a micro-business program for women of refugee and migrant backgrounds, was launched by the Brotherhood of St Laurence with financial support from the AMP Foundation. Central to the program is recognition of the participants? strengths and skills. Stepping Stones provides training, information and support to help women on the path to economic security. This report outlines features of the Stepping Stones model, outcomes achieved and lessons learnedAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Better housing futures : stimulating private investment in affordable housing : report to the Affordable Housing Forum

by Allen Consulting Group | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2004Description: x.,49p.Other title: Better housing futures 1.Online Access: Electronic copy | Summary Notes: Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: This report prepared for the Affordable Housing Forum documents an investigation of policy options to finance an increased supply of affordable rental housing. This is needed because the shortage of such housing limits low-income households' access to employment and services, whereas well-located affordable housing contributes to efficient labour markets and economic growth. The authors considered three options -- governments bonds, public-private partnerships and tax credits. They argue that a relatively modest financial outlay by government would be sufficient to alleviate housing stress and achieve substantial social and economic benefits.Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Better housing futures : stimulating private investment in affordable housing : summary of report to the Affordable Housing Forum

by Allen Consulting Group.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2004Description: 7p.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: (1)
Beyond the city : access to services for mothers and babies. /

by Gilley, Tim | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1994Description: 52 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Third in the series based on the Brotherhood's longitudinal study into the life chances of children. The other two in the series are Access for growth (Rec. no. B5142) and What chance a job (Rec. no.B5684)Summary: Paper focuses on consumer view of health and community services during pregnancy, at birth, and in the first few months after birth from the perspective of 146 mothers living in four areas of Victoria - Cranbourne, Melton, Bellarine Peninsula and Ballarat. Regardless of income mothers were generally happy with services, the major exception being lack of public transport.Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Bridging the gap : assisting early school leavers to make the transition to work

by MacDonald, Helen | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1999Description: xiv, 70 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF | Summary Notes: June 1999 Bibliographical references: p. 55-57. Appendices: p. 59-69Availability: Items available for reference: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (2).
Brotherhood of St Laurence retail study : research report /

by Nicolas, Catherine | Australian Centre for Retail Studies | Ferraro, Carla.

Publisher: Caulfield East, Vic. Australian Centre for Retail Studies 2005Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2005 Bibliography pp. 73-74Summary: This report presents the findings of research into the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) retail stores, conducted pro-bono by the Australian Centre for Retail Studies (ACRS). The research was initiated by BSL to evaluate their current retail offering through the eyes of their customers. Consequently, the ACRS undertook secondary research, a competitor analysis (focusing on three competitors selected by BSL), a financial analysis and a customer questionnaire. The customer questionnaire formed the major component of this research. The purpose of the questionnaire was to identify who BSL customers are, to determine customer perceptions regarding BSL stores, discover the reasons why customers shop at BSL stores, and understand the factors that influence how often customers shop and how much they spend. These results will enable BSL to increase customer satisfaction and to enhance the shopping experience within BSL stores. Further it can be used to form strategies aimed at increasing the number of times customers shop at and the amount they spend per transaction.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2), BSL Archives (1).
Building pathways to local jobs for young people : City of Kingston Youth Employment Strategy

by Marsh, Eleanor | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Perkins, Daniel.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2006Description: 76 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: SCHOOL TO WORK September 2006 Funded by a grant from the Department of Victorian CommunitiesSummary: The City of Kingston, with funding from the Department of Victorian Communities, engaged the Brotherhood of St Laurence to explore the issues underlying high youth unemployment in Kingston, as well as simultaneous employers' reports of difficulties in filling vacancies, particularly in manufacturing. Research involved analysis of ABS data as well as consultations with young people, employers, parents, and providers of education, employment and support services. The resulting Youth Employment Strategy was adopted by the City of Kingston.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Building relationships for better outcomes : Peninsula Youth Connections evaluation stage 2 report

by Barrett, Anna | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2012Description: x, 57 p. : ill.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: This report represents Stage 2 of a three-stage evaluation. Full report and Research summary PDF is of full report Bibliography : p. 57Summary: The second stage of the evaluation of Peninsula Youth Connections, operated by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and TaskForce, focused on young people's experiences of the service and their outcomes. The young people emphasised the importance of the friendly, respectful and supportive interactions and the flexibility of the program. The great majority successfully re-engaged with education and training, showing the value of this case management model.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Carbon use in poor Victorian households by local government area

by Unkles, Bill | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Stanley, Janet.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: 5 p. : maps + appendices.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 5) April 2008Summary: As the imposition of a carbon price is planned in Australia to encourage movement away from carbon-based energy, this mapping exercise illustrates the uneven pattern of carbon use by poor households across Melbourne and across Victoria. The pattern is largely related to transport and urban planning issues. The findings point to the need for policies which will offset the regressive impact of a carbon price, to ensure that disadvantaged households are not unfairly penalised.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Caring for carers : evaluation of a support program for carers of people with dementia

by Carr, Ashley | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Kimberley, Helen | Mercieca, Monica.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy | Summary Notes: Includes bibliography pp.37-38Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence pilot program Caring for Carers (C4C) aimed to assist people caring for someone with dementia. Using action research methodology enabled continuous improvement; and over three phases Caring for Carers developed into a personalised program of training and ongoing support. Carers valued most highly the regular one-on-one contact with a trained professional in the home. The ability to talk openly provided emotional support and eased the stresses of caring. The program received support from an individual donation, the Portland House Foundation and the Hector Waldron Pride Charitable Trust.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Centre for Work and Learning, Yarra : evaluation report June 2012

by Horn, Michael | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Work and Learning.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2012 Summary: The evaluation of the Centre for Work and Learning Yarra, a demonstration project to test innovative place-based approaches to promote work and learning opportunities for disadvantaged jobseekers, found that successful elements included client personal support matched to skills development and job opportunities, while challenges included labour market barriers and governance and contractual requirements. The findings point to weaknesses in current employment assistance and to potential reforms for more effective pathways to work.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Changing children's trajectories : results of the HIPPY Longitudinal Study / Julie Connolly & Shelley Mallett (BSL.RPC)

by Connolly, Julie | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Mallett, Shelley.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St. Laurence, 2020Description: 69 p. : . ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The most comprehensive study to date has investigated the impact of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) on the Australian children and parents who take part. At a glance The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is an early learning and parenting program targeting four and five-year-old children in low-income households. It provides parents with the confidence, knowledge and tools to support their child's education and helps them create a home learning environment. Doing HIPPY improves their child's school readiness and parent–child relationships. Key findings include: •Not only did parents enjoy the program; they transformed the home learning environment and spent more time on learning activities with their children •At commencement, HIPPY children on average scored below the Australian mean on a test of literacy and numeracy. After completing HIPPY, children’s average score was above the relevant Australian mean. •Their improvement suggests HIPPY leads to a changed learning trajectory for children, not just a developmental gain that might be expected with age. •In this way HIPPY works to redress the negative impact of poverty and financial hardship on child development. Dive deeper Delivered in over 100 Australian communities facing socioeconomic disadvantage, HIPPY is an integrated parenting support and early learning program that works to increase parents’ confidence as their child’s first teacher and to reconfigure the home learning environment in order to improve children’s school readiness. The HIPPY Longitudinal Study found a strong theoretical and empirical foundation for the program design. Parents were successfully engaged, indicating high levels of satisfaction with key aspects of the program. They actively reconfigured the home learning environment using HIPPY’s distinctive pedagogical practices and activities. Attending HIPPY group meetings helped parents improve their child learning outcomes. Close to program commencement, the average performance of HIPPY children on a test of literacy and numeracy skills was below the Australian mean. After completing HIPPY, on average, HIPPY children performed above the relevant Australian mean. This suggests a changed learning trajectory, not just a developmental gain, indicating that HIPPY works to redress the negative impact of poverty and financial hardship on child development. The HLS also revealed a subset of families who face additional challenges owing to their complex circumstances. This suggests opportunities for adaptation and extra support during the transition to school. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Changing entitlements for the young unemployed. /

by Trethewey, Jenny | Burston, Olga.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1988Description: 37p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Changing entitlements for the young unemployed. /

by Trethewey, Jenny | Burston, Olga.

Publisher: 1989Description: pp. 45-50.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: In 1987 the Federal Government changed the social security entitlements of unemployed 16 and 17 year olds. This article reports the findings of a Brotherhood of St Laurence study on the impact of these legislative changes on young unemployed people and their families.Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Changing faces in Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park : Brotherhood of St Laurence community consultation

by Kelly, Linda | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Levi, Meredith | Denney, Helen.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2002Description: iii, 46 p.Online Access: Main | Summary Notes: June 2002; June 2002 see also AR2002.06AAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Children and the future of work /

by Crossley, Louise | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St. Laurence 1990Description: 49 p. Bibliography: p. 44-49.Other title: Child poverty policy review ; 3.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Closing the gap for TPV refugees in Victoria : a state-wide action plan : developing stronger co-ordination and strategy to address unmet needs of refugees on Temporary Protection Visa (TPVs) in Victoria

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Ecumenical Migration Centre 2005Description: 61 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Prepared by Ecumenical Migration Centre, Brotherhood of St LaurenceSummary: Closing the Gap for TPV Refugees in Victoria: A State-wide Action Plan proposes a series of recommendations to address this service fragmentation and guide resource allocation. The recommendations are specific and time-limited, developed to assist TPV refugees as they move through permanency to positive settlement outcomes for themselves and their families. The Action Plan seeks to bring stronger co-ordination and strategy to address unmet needs of TPV refugees in Victoria. Over an 18-24 month period, the proposed initiatives will bring timelimited, strategic and special purpose resources for a small, dispersed population of around 2,400 refugees soon to be joined by their families. Endorsed by the Project Advisory Group, the Action Plan will close the gap for TPV refugees, who continue to suffer the consequences of neglect and punitive policies over 5 or more years, to receive adequate and consistent basic support as they move towards permanent settlement and sponsor their families Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Closing the gaps : an evaluation of the job placement employment and training (JPET) : pilot program for homeless youth /

by Butlin, Andy | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Phyland, Paul | Lloyd, Robyn.

Publisher: s.l. Palm Management 1995Description: viii, 77 p.Other title: JPET evaluation report.Notes: Report prepared for the Department of Housing and Regional Development March 1995 Significant research report on JPET Brotherhood of St Laurence is mentioned several times through the reportAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Communities at work : lessons from Australia and OECD experience of employment development initiatives 1980-1994. /

by Vaneveld, Elizabeth.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1998Description: 82 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: February 1998. The future of work --cover.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Community activity and service delivery models : an overview of Brotherhood centres

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: iv, 17 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 15 Summary: Several Brotherhood of St Laurence sites and program clusters have been identified as active or potential community activity and service delivery centres. This paper outlines how they began, the community context, their aims, planned outcomes and target populations. This overview will contribute to our understanding of targeted, place-based interventions which seek to apply social inclusion principles.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Community attitudes to education in the Colac Otway Shire.

by Myconos, George | Brotherhood of St Laurence | McKenna, Angela.

Fitzroy, Vic Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2017Description: 81p . : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: February 2017 Research commissioned by Beyond the Bell Colac Otway Local Action Group, supported by Regional Development Victoria and the Colac Otway Shire PDF includes appendices. ; With Stephanie Yung, Rachel Wood and Cara Bradley Summary: This research was commissioned by the Colac Otway Local Action Group, one of six such groups within ‘Beyond the Bell’, an initiative dedicated to improving educational outcomes across six local government areas of Victoria’s Great South Coast. With the support of Regional Development Victoria and the Colac Otway Shire, and as part of its strategic review, the Local Action Group engaged the Brotherhood of St Laurence to undertake research into local community attitudes to education. Specifically, the Brotherhood was engaged to: • assess the extent to which education is valued in the Colac Otway Shire • convey community views on how education is delivered and experienced • glean what changes participants believe might lead to enhanced outcomes. Concern was prompted by formal measures such as Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates and Year 7–12 retention rates that lag behind the state average. In contemplating a range of causal factors, the Local Action Group focused on community attitudes to education and the role they might play in shaping outcomes. In effect, the research was to test an assumption that education is not highly valued in the community. While the Local Action Group’s immediate concerns were with secondary school indicators, the research task was to consider the broader educational experience, through primary, secondary, and beyond. Views were canvassed from those directly engaged in education – learners and educators – as well as from a cross-section of the community. Over a limited period (between mid September and mid November 2016), more than 420 people shared their views on education. Most contributed through a communitywide survey (337, with 135 under 18 years), while 85 took part in semistructured interviews and focus groups. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Community consultation with 2-5 year olds in Hobsons Bay

by Clough, Alissa | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Fatoumata, Diallo Roost | Dommers, Eric.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: iv, 36 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Bibliography : p. 36Summary: This report presents the results of a consultation with 2-5 year old children on behalf of Hobsons Bay City Council (HBCC). The information gathered through this consultation will be used to inform the Children and Young People's Plan currently being developed by HBCC. The aim is to build a picture about perceptions of life in Hobsons Bay through the eyes of local children to allow the Council to prioritise their planning based on community expectations and needs. The Brotherhood of St Laurence was engaged to contribute to identifying this community need. The researchers approached this task with a commitment to providing an opportunity for young children in Hobsons Bay to express their views, and influence decisions to create a child-friendly place to live, learn and play.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Community enterprise: the future of work

by O'Neill, K.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic Brotherhood of St Laurence 1998Description: vi, 40 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Connecting with Frankston families : examining service use for families in Frankston North, Karingal and Carrum Downs

by Davies, Carmelita | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Oke, Nicole.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: vi, 40 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This report explores ways to strengthen the provision of services to 'hard to reach' families in Frankston North, Karingal and Carrum Downs, suburbs on Melbourne's outer metropolitan fringe. Parents and service staff were interviewed about factors which hindered or encouraged the use of services such as maternal and child health centres, dental services and childcare.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Cost shifting in education : implications for government, the community sector and low income families

by Bond, Sharon | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This report commissioned by the Equity in Education Alliance seeks to quantify in dollars the extent to which the Victorian community service organisations, including emergency relief providers, assist disadvantaged families to meet school education expenses. This costs data supports the argument that the cost of education has been shifted from the state to the individual, and that these costs are then shifted a second time, when disadvantaged families seek help from the community sector. In the Alliance?s view, failure to address educational inequity and ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation shows a lack of regard for human dignity, impedes the future economic and social inclusion of children and threatens the success of the national productivity agenda.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Councils as employers of choice : how hiring and procurement decisions can create employment for people with disability

by Mupanemunda, Maria | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2020Description: 19 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Working Paper"Summary: How can local governments create employment opportunities for people with disability? Across Australia, employment rates for people with disability remained unacceptably low, even before the impact of COVID-19. Local councils can help to improve this situation by reviewing how they hire staff and where they purchase goods and services. As both major employers and procurers, local governments can create jobs for people with disability either within their own organisations or across their supply chains. Good practice disability employment strategies recognise and address organisational structural and functional barriers that would inhibit people with disability from participating. Similarly, all council purchasing decisions across the procurement cycle should take into account social value – that is, the economic, social and environmental impacts on the community. Three organisational factors that drive successful social procurement and also good practice in disability employment are: • rules: to establish a supportive policy environment • resources: to enable policy compliance • relationships: to allow stakeholder collaboration (Barraket, Keast & Furneaux 2016). Leveraging local government hiring and procurement decisions can help to narrow the disability employment gap. A wider range of collaborative policy initiatives is needed, however, for meaningful progress within the larger disability employment ecosystem across Australia. This research is a product of the Bayside Regional Partnership Disability Employment Project, an initiative of the BSL NDIS Local Area Coordination Team, the BSL Research and Policy Centre and the seven local governments servicing the Bayside Peninsula Region. The project aims to support Victorian councils in becoming employers of choice for people with disability. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Counting the cost : parental experiences of education expenses : results from the 2007 Education Costs Survey

by Bond, Sharon | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Horn, Michael.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: iv, 14 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: May 2008 Bibliography: p. 13-14 2 copiesSummary: This report examines the survey responses of 58 low-income Victorian families about the cost of their 129 primary and secondary school-aged children s participation in formal education during 2007. Although the survey was small in scale, it revealed that these parents faced considerable difficulties in paying education expenses, resulting in some children missing out on vital activities. To reduce the rate of students disengaging or dropping out, the writers recommend policy changes to eliminate financial hardship as a critical barrier for children in disadvantaged families.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Credit to the community : low cost lending and consumer credit /

by Chalmers, Jenny | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Prosser, Bruce.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1990Description: 78 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: 12/04/2001 copy in archivesSummary: This report focuses on the effectiveness of provision of low-cost loans to pensioners and beneficiaries by a group of community agencies in the inner Melbourne metropolitan area. These agencies have been partly funded by the Victorian Government under the Community Credit Program, an initiative launched in 1986 to improve the access of low-income people to affordable credit.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Dead ends : how our social security system is failing people with partial capacity to work / Karen Soldatic, Dina Bowman, Maria Mupanemunda & Patrick McGee (BSL)

by Soldatic, Karen | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Bowman, Dina | Mupanemunda, Maria | McGee, Patrick | University of Western Sydney | Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO).

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2021Description: 32 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Abstract: Almost one-third of JobSeeker Payment recipients are people assessed as unable to work more than 15 hours a week. They face an uncertain future, with inadequate income support and little prospect of gaining employment in a competitive labour market. At a glance: The growing group of people on JobSeeker Payment who are deemed to have ‘partial capacity to work’ reflects a decade of changes to tighten eligibility and assessment for social security payments, especially the Disability Support Pension. The impact on many people with disability and/or chronic health conditions has been severe. Enabling economic security for these vulnerable people requires reforms across intersecting areas including the social safety net and employment assistance. Dive deeper: The partial capacity to work category illustrates how the social security system fails many vulnerable individuals, due to design faults that create poverty traps. This report examines the development of this classification and its impact on the lives of individuals and their households. It considers the onerous processes involved in applying and for the Disability Support Pension, and the economic and social costs of having to live instead on the much lower JobSeeker Payment with extra obligations. It also points to structural barriers facing people with disability and/or chronic health conditions in seeking employment. It recommends urgent policy changes in intersecting systems – especially social security and employment assistance – to enable people who cannot work full-time due to disability or ill health to gain economic security and live with dignity. This research was supported through a generous donation to BSL from ANZ. The authors of the report are from Western Sydney University (Karen Soldatic); BSL (Dina Bowman and Maria Mupanemunda); and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) (Patrick McGee). Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Developing dialogues about poverty in Australia: key findings

by Jope, Sally.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence 2002Description: 4p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: February 2002 Website : http://www.bsl.org.auAvailability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Developing independence : evaluating and educational initiative for young people facing homelessness : pilots 1 and 2

by Myconos, George | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014Description: viii,25 p. : ill.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: A study of Developing Independence, a new, tailored course to guide the learning and career planning of young people who are risk of homelessness, found that online learning needs to be combined with supportive, face-to-face interaction in order to cater for diverse needs.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Do training programs equip teachers with skills to teach disengaged students? A preliminary scan

by Hanson-Peterson, Jennifer | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: iii, 21 p.: ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This preliminary scan of the national and Victorian standards and of Victorian teacher training programs explored the extent to which course descriptions include the skills deemed essential for working with 'at-risk', disengaged studentsAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Doing business responsibly : perceptions of ethical practice and governance of Australasia's top 100 companies

by Holm, Sonya | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Lillywhite, Serena.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2002Description: 31 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2002 Summary: In 2002 the Brotherhood of St Laurence was invited to participate as a research group investigating the category of Ethics and Corporate Governance for the Good Reputation Index which ranks the top 100 corporations operating in Australia. The overall GRI results were published in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald in October 2002. Doing business responsibly is the report of the Brotherhood of St Laurence research.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Early days, much promise : an evaluation of the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) in Australia

by Gilley, Tim | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2003Description: vi, 22 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: November 2003 Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: This paper reports the evaluation of a program designed to improve children's educational attainment and self-esteem in the early years of school, by equipping and supporting parents to undertake lessons with their four and five-year-old children at home. It describes the program's implementation in the multicultural environment of inner suburban Melbourne, the views of participating staff and parents and the outcomes for children. Learnings to inform futures programs are also identified. ; This paper reports the evaluation of a program designed to improve children's educational attainment and self-esteem in the early years of school, by equipping and supporting parents to undertake lessons with their four and five-year-old children at home. It describes the program's implementation in the multicultural environment of inner suburban Melbourne, the views of participating staff and parents and the outcomes for children. Learnings to inform futures programs are also identified. ; HOME INTERACTION PROGRAM FOR PARENTS AND YOUNGSTERS (HIPPY)Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Easing the pressure : statement by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in the International Year of the Family. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1994Description: 20 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Also appeared as Submission to The National Council for the International Year of the Family.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Economic dignity and financial capabilities : connecting principles and concepts

by Brown, Jeremiah Thomas | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2020Description: 23 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Working paper ; “Dr Jeremiah Brown, the inaugural ANZ Tony Nicholson Research Fellow, worked in the Work and Economic Security team of the Research and Policy Centre from May 2019-April 2020.”Summary: A broad body of literature has demonstrated that in established economies around the world people are living in increasingly financialised times. This paper develops the concept of economic dignity as a guiding principle which can be used to understand how these changes are impacting the economic, social, and political context which people must navigate. The paper further uses the concept of economic dignity to develop a fuller account of financial capability that pays attention to how that context can constrain the choices that people make.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Economic growth and employment: three perspectives. /

by Manning, Ian | Sheehan, Peter | Burgess, John | Green, Roy.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1997Description: 84 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Economic security and dignity : a financial wellbeing framework

by Brown, Jeremiah Thomas | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Bowman, Dina.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2020Description: 7 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: “Dr Jeremiah Brown, the inaugural ANZ Tony Nicholson Research Fellow, worked in the Work and Economic Security team of the Research and Policy Centre from May 2019-April 2020.”Summary: This paper proposes a financial wellbeing framework that recognises the drivers, impacts and experience of economic insecurity and is based on the concept of economic dignity. The framework builds on BSL research into economic insecurity and financial stress. It was developed through a series of workshops with BSL staff, informed by the conceptual thinking undertaken as part of the ANZ Tony Nicholson Fellowship. It will be used to guide the development of programs that directly address financial hardship among those experiencing disadvantage, and to support advocacy for government and institutional policies that create the conditions for the financial wellbeing of all Australians. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Eleven plus : life chances and family income

by Taylor, Janet | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Fraser, Alex.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2003Description: xiv, 230 p.Online Access: Electronic copy | Summary Notes: Includes PDF to Eleven plus : life chances and family summary.Summary: The seventh in the Life Chances series, this report explores the lives of the 142 children aged 11 and 12 who have been part of the longitudinal study since they were infants. It examines the changes experienced by the children and their families in family structure, income, employment, housing and health. It presents the children's own perceptions of their lives at home and at school as well as raising issues of social exclusion and educational disadvantage.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Employer toolkits: building more inclusive workplaces? /

by van Kooy, John | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2015Description: xi, 36 p. : ill.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Appendices : p. 26-33 Bibliography : p. 34-36 Summary: Some jobseeker groups experience difficulty in securing employment due to perceived gaps in their employable skills, qualifications or experience. Others are effectively ‘screened out’ during recruitment processes on the basis of their gender, race, ethnicity, language, age or disability. Labour market participation for these groups is affected by the human resource practices of employers, as well as the nature of support they may receive to address perceived ‘employability’ gaps. In contrast, ‘inclusive employment’ can be defined as all efforts that promote fair and equitable access to decent employment, ensuring satisfactory pay and conditions, career prospects and opportunities for social integration. In this study we investigate the advantages and limitations of ‘toolkits’ for influencing more inclusive employment practices Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Employing young workers : how well are we managing them?

by Tresize-Brown, Mary | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2004Description: vi, 24 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2004 Includes bibliographical references (p. 18)Summary: The basis for conducting this project developed primarily from the experience of working with young people in the Brotherhood’s Transition Project. We learned from our observations of young people in employment that some employers take a fragmented approach to managing young people in the workplace. While a number of employers have implemented practices and procedures with young people in mind, others seem to have given little thought to adopting methods specific to managing young employees, particularly those in their first job.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Empowering disadvantaged households to access affordable, clean energy

by The Climate Institute | Australian Council of Social Service | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Australian Council of Social Service Brotherhood of St Laurence The Climate Institute 2017Description: 71 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: A new report shows actions needed so that all Australians can access affordable, reliable and clean energy. A smooth and timely transition to a modern clean energy system is desirable and achievable. However, Australia's energy system is in disarray, and low income and disadvantaged households are bearing the brunt of increasing costs. Urgent attention is needed to ensure the transition is affordable, equitable and inclusive. This joint report from ACOSS, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and The Climate Institute highlights the myriad issues facing low-income and disadvantaged households as the electricity sector transitions, and points to areas for reform. This report draws on recent commissioned research and consultations with over 120 community and energy stakeholders. The recommendations are grouped in five outcome areas: 1. Electricity priced efficiently, including integrated climate policy 2. Informed and enabled consumers 3. Energy consumed efficiently and productively 4. Robust consumer protections 5. All households having capacity to paySummary: A smooth, fair and expeditious transition to a modern clean energy system is both desirable and achievable. However, Australia’s energy system is in disarray, and low-income and disadvantaged households are bearing the brunt of it. Urgent attention is needed to ensure the transition is affordable, equitable and inclusive. Currently there are about 3 million people, including over 731,000 children, living below the poverty line in Australia. The number of people who struggle with energy stress is likely to be much higher than the poverty figures. Households more likely to be vulnerable to energy stress are those subsisting on unemployment or student allowances, pensioners, renters, single-parent families, people living in poverty while in paid work, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and households where someone has a disability or medical condition. There is universal agreement that access to reliable and affordable electricity is a basic and essential human right. It is critical to the health, wellbeing, economic participation and social inclusion of all people. Despite being an essential service, electricity prices are skyrocketing, disconnections have increased, the number of households experiencing measurable hardship has risen, and more households are rationing energy to the detriment of their health and well-being. This is overlaid with a housing affordability crisis, low wage inflation, and long-term unemployment which has tripled since the global financial crisis – with only one job for every ten people looking for paid work. In addition, gas prices have become unaffordable, some networks continue to over-invest, retail competition is failing to reduce prices, coal-fired power plants have unexpectedly closed leaving workers and communities struggling, the reliability of supply is becoming an increasing issue in some regions, and greenhouse gas emissions are increasing. The lack of policy certainty is now one of the biggest drivers of wholesale electricity price rises. Efforts to provide access to affordable, reliable and clean energy – dubbed the ‘energy trilemma’ – are failing. A decade of policy instability; regulatory inaction; failure to better align climate, energy and social policy; and blame-shifting among federal and state governments is central to the deterioration of every element of the energy trilemma. [Executive summary - Extract]Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Empowering poor people: a consumer view of the Family Centre Project /

by Gilley, Tim | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1990Description: 118 p.Other title: Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research for action ; no. 1990/2.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Bibliography: p. 117-118Summary: In 1972 the Brotherhood of St Laurence closed its social work service and its youth and children's program. In its place it set up the Family Centre Project (FCP) "in a large red-brick building with double blue doors in Fitzroy Street, close to Gertrude Street”, in Fitzroy, an inner suburb in Melbourne. Staff from the project invited 60 low-income families who were living in inner-urban Melbourne to become members of the centre. Most of these families had been using Brotherhood of St Laurence welfare services. The centre was planned to run for three years, from late 1972 to the end of 1975, as an innovative experiment in welfare service provision. During most of the three years it was open six days a week and at least two evenings a week. It ran a very wide range of activities for the adult members and for their children. Over one hundred and fifty children took part in activities within the centre, including a Wednesday night activity program, a kindergarten, a teenage program and a holiday host program. There was also a very extensive and popular camping program for the families that took them as far north as the Northern Territory and as far south asTasmania. [Extract] Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (3).
Enabling low-income households in the private rental market to respond to climate change : recommendations and report from the roundtable convened December 2007

by Sullivan Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence. 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2008 Recommendations and report from the roundtable convened December 2007 by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.; This report was prepared by Damian Sullivan, with input from Janet Stanley, John Thwaites, Simon Rowntree and Josephine Lee.Summary: Late in 2007, the Brotherhood of St Laurence convened a roundtable to consider ways to reduce the likely impact of climate change (and related mitigation measures such as carbon pricing) on low-income private renter households. Contributors from industry, government, academia and non-government organisations agreed on recommendations relating to areas such emissions trading, improved household energy efficiency, building standards, energy tariffs and urban planning. This report presents the recommendations and background information.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
End the decay : the cost of poor dental health and what should be done about it /

by Richardson, Bronwyn | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Richardson, Jeff.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 22-23Summary: This study commissioned by the Brotherhood of St Laurence provides an overview of the economic costs of poor dental health and an assessment of who is bearing those costs, and outlines some options for reforming the dental health system to provide more accessible care for disadvantaged Australians.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Environmental scan part 1 : current research and evaluation to promote economic participation of people with disability / Diane Brown and Shelley Mallett (BSL)

by Brown, Diane | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Mallett, Shelley.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2021Description: 102 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: Environmental Scan Part 1 (Research Report) | Economic Participation and Employment for People with Disability Project [Website] Notes: Environmental Scan part 1 and Environment Scan Part 2 are linked to the Economic Participation and Employment for People with Disability project. To learn more about the project click the website link. Summary: This report details findings from Part 1 of a two-part Environmental Scan of current practice of employment interventions and research for people with autism, intellectual disability and/or psychosocial disability. The Environmental Scan includes: 1. A desktop scan of current and recent Australian research; and current models, practices, and innovations within Australia and internationally (2015-2021 inclusive) 2. Interviews and focus groups with experts in the disability employment policy and program field (presented in a second report, Environmental Scan Part 2: Views of experts in the field on effective employment interventions for people with a disability). This Environmental Scan is one component of a broader project commissioned by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) designed to examine the scope and evidence for different interventions that improve the economic participation and employment of people with autism, intellectual disability and/or psychosocial disabilities. The project will help provide the NDIA with the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of different employment interventions. Alongside the Environmental Scan, the full project also includes a Systematic Review, including a review of the theoretical evidence (see Systematic Review Technical Report, and Summary Report). Scope of the Environmental Scan Part 1 Part 1 of the Environmental Scan set out to map the current landscape of research and interventions aimed at promoting economic participation of people with a disability (with a focus on the three target populations) and identify promising areas of practice or innovation. This report addresses two of the three questions proposed by the NDIA for the Environmental Scan: 1. What research aimed at improving employment participation of people with either autism, intellectual disability or psychosocial disability is currently underway? 2. What are the applicable current models, practices, and innovations within Australia and internationally? Part 1 of the Environmental Scan is primarily descriptive with some limited analysis of the quality of intervention (using meta-evaluation) and identification of gaps and indicators of innovation. -- p. 3 ; ; Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Environmental scan part 2 : views of experts on effective employment interventions for people with disability / Shelley Mallett, Diane Brown and James Finnis (BSL)

by Mallett, Shelley | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Brown, Diane | Finnis, James.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2021Description: 26 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: Environmental Scan Part 2 (Research Report) | Economic Participation and Employment for People with Disability Project [Website] Notes: Environmental Scan part 1 and Environment Scan Part 2 are linked to the Economic Participation and Employment for People with Disability project. To learn more about the project click the website link. Summary: This report details findings from Part 2 of an Environmental Scan of current practice of employment interventions and research for people with autism, intellectual disability and/or psychosocial disability. The Environmental Scan includes: 1. A desktop scan of current and recent Australian research; and current models, practices, and innovations within Australia and internationally (2015-2021 inclusive) (Environmental Scan Part 1: desktop review of current research and interventions to promote economic participation of people with a disability). 2. Interviews and focus groups with experts in the disability employment policy and program field (presented in this report). This Environmental Scan is one component of a broader project commissioned by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) designed to examine the scope and evidence for different interventions that improve the economic participation and employment of people with autism, intellectual disability and/or psychosocial disabilities. The project will help provide the NDIA with the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of different employment interventions. Alongside the Environmental Scan, the full project also includes a Systematic Review, including a review of the theoretical evidence (see Systematic Review Technical Report and Summary Report). Scope of the Environmental Scan Part 2: This report addresses the third question proposed by the NDIA for the Environmental Scan: what are the views of experts in the field on effective employment interventions for people with a disability (with a focus on people with autism, intellectual disability and/or psychosocial disability)? The report details findings from a series of focus groups and interviews with academics and senior government and non-government executives who hold deep expertise in disability employment policy and programs. Interviews and focus groups were conducted over a one-month period at the end of 2020. Participating experts were invited to provide insight into the critical aspects of effective employment programs and practices based on their knowledge and experience. Focus group and interview discussions centred around three key sub-questions in relation to the disability employment intervention field: What is working? ; What is not working? ; What is missing? ; ; Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Equity in Response to Climate Change Roundtable : Melbourne, 26 March 2007

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: 86 p.: ill. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2007Summary: This publication brings together papers and presentations from a roundtable, 'Equity in Response to Climate Change', convened by two welfare and two environmental non-government organisations: the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the National Welfare Rights Network, the Australian Conservation Foundation and The Climate Institute. Key themes include Australia's vulnerability to climate change, the effect of carbon prices on different households, and issues affecting low-income, rural and Indigenous Australians. Contributors include Tony Nicholson, Gill Owen, Justin Sherrard and Alan Tate, Peter Brain (National Institute of Economic and Industry Research), Mark Wootton, Chris Loader and John Stanley. Links to other online presentations are also listed.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Ethical threads : corporate social responsibility in the Australian garment industry

by Diviney, Emer | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Lillywhite, Serena.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: 16 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 16)Summary: This research is the first comprehensive investigation of the Australian garment sector s attitude to, and knowledge of, corporate responsibility in relation to labour rights. The report documents both the opportunities and the challenges facing the sector in demonstrating responsible and sustainable business practice. The study also documents Australian garment companies awareness of working conditions, laws, regulations and voluntary mechanisms and includes industry recommendations for improving both compliance and socially responsible practice.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Everyone counts : uncovering patterns of Newstart Allowance / Dina Bowman, Marcus Banks, Peter Whiteford, Ashton de Silva, Nandini Anantharama, Zsuzsanna Csereklyei and Shelley Mallett

by Bowman, Dina | Banks, Marcus | Whiteford, Peter | de Silva, Ashton | Anantharam, Nandini | Csereklyei, Zsuzsanna | Mallett, Shelley.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2020Description: 32 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: One line intro What insights about income support can be gained from daily, event-based data about recipients of Newstart Allowance from 2001 to 2016? At a glance This flow data shows that • receiving Newstart Allowance (which preceded JobSeeker Payment) is more widespread than is generally understood. • more than 4.4 million people received NSA at some stage between 2001 and 2016. • the percentage of women among NSA recipients increased from 30% in 2001 to 46% in 2016. • nearly half (46%) of recipients received at least one payment in only one or two of the 16 years, while almost 30% received payments in five years or more. • payment suspensions, which contribute to income volatility, have increased dramatically. Dive deeper Our analysis of administrative social security data aimed to gain a clearer understanding of income volatility in Australia. The focus is on unemployed and underemployed Australians who received Newstart Allowance (NSA1)—a group of individuals highly exposed to the risks of financial insecurity. The study drew on DOMINO (Data Over Multiple Individual Occurrences), a Department of Social Services database that records all interactions with Centrelink since 2001. This daily, event-based data provides an important opportunity to track individual patterns of NSA receipt over a 16-year period (2001–2016). Our findings highlight some significant misunderstandings about the scale, scope and conditionality of Newstart Allowance receipt. While longer-term reliance on NSA is an important policy issue, short-term reliance is underestimated. An increasing share of recipients—especially women—are facing irregular payments due to suspensions. Our analysis raises questions about the extent to which the Australian social security system is fulfilling its mission to improve the lifetime wellbeing of individuals and families. This baseline study is part of a larger research program investigating the relationship between income volatility and social security payments. The program involves researchers from the Australian National University, the Brotherhood of St. Laurence and RMIT University. ; December 2020 Research team: Australian National University Professor : Peter Whiteford ; Brotherhood of St. Laurence : Dr Dina Bowman Professor Shelley Mallett ; RMIT University: Associate Professor Ashton de Silva Dr Marcus Banks Ms Nandini Anantharama Dr Zsuzsanna Csereklyei Bibliography : p. 27-29; Contents : Summary -- 1 Income volatility and social security -- Adequacy and income security – Newstart Allowance -- 2 The study – Method --- 3 Newstart Allowance receipt: a common and uncertain experience --- Many of us receive NSA at some stage – Social security payment suspensions contribute to income volatility – 4 Everyone counts – Next steps – References – Technical note Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Evidence and experience : report on the Individual Placement and Support project for disadvantaged job seekers with mental health issues

by Bowman, Dina | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Lawlor, Jyden.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: vi, 63 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2010 Bibliography : p. 59-63 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This study provides valuable insights into the provision of employment services for highly disadvantaged people with complex needs. It built on the evidence-based Individual Placement and Support approach for people with mental illness, which was developed and well-documented in the United States. The report includes a detailed fidelity review of the adaptation and implementation of the IPS model.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Existing but not living : a research project canvassing the attitudes, expectations, aspirations and views of long-term unemployed Australians. /

by Jackson, Sue | Crooks, Mary.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1993Description: 64 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: October 1993 'Future of Work Project' 'Commissioned by the Taskforce on Employment Opportunities, Dept. of Prime Minister and Cabinet'--t.p. 2 copiesSummary: Utilises focus group methodology to investigate attitudes, expectations and aspirations of long-term unemployed.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Exploring regulatory clusters in dementia care

by Biggs, Simon | Carr, Ashley.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2016Description: 6 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Aged and dementia care services are required to conform to multiple regulatory frameworks. How do these regulations enhance or constrain services? In partnership with NHMRC, HammondCare, the Brightwater Care Group, Helping Hand Aged Care (SA) and Alzheimer’s Australia, researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood investigated how regulation affects practices in dementia care. The second Research Insight considers the regulatory clusters that appear when the different levels of regulation in Australia are mapped. This research is an activity of the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC), a national initiative funded jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Alzheimer’s Australia, which supports the Consumer Dementia Research Network (CDRN), and three aged care industry partners—Brightwater Care Group, HammondCare and Helping Hand Aged Care. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Exploring success for intermediate labour market social enterprises : a literature review /

by Nockolds, Danielle | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 17-19Summary: The purpose of this literature review is to identify and explore the key factors and challenges that influence the success of Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) social enterprises. The review supports the Brotherhood of St Laurence's Working Futures Initiative which is evaluating the financial sustainability, operating models and practices, and employment and training outcomes of four Australian ILM social enterprises. ILM social enterprises provide short-term employment and support to highly disadvantaged jobseekers, to create long-term improvements in the lives of these participants and provide community benefits. This paper finds that ILM social enterprises face a constant struggle to balance the operation of a sustainable business with providing a significant community benefit in the form of employment services for the most disadvantaged. Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) social enterprises provide short-term employment and support to highly disadvantaged jobseekers to create long-term improvements in their lives and provide community benefits. This student paper reviews the historical landscape of employment services and the rise of ILM programs and examines the key factors and tensions that influence whether an ILM social enterprise is successful. ; INTERMEDIATE LABOUR MARKET (ILM)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Families and the future of work /

by McClelland, Alison | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Jackson, Sue.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1994Description: 15 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: November 1994Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Financial life in a new setting : experiences of Afghan and Burmese (Chin and Karen) communities in Melbourne, Australia /

by Johnson, Victoria | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Dileri, Said | Ywa, Naw Eh.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2012Description: vi, 34 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes full report and community feedback leaflet. The community feedback leaflet is in Burmese, Chin Haka, Dari, English, and Karen. PDF of full report Bibliography : p. 33-34Summary: This qualitative study involving Melbourne's Afghan and Burmese (Chin and Karen) communities presents a mixed picture of how these migrants are coping with financial matters as they settle in a new city. Two factors influencing adjustment are people's diverse circumstances and experiences of financial matters before arrival in Australia and a lack of finance-related information relevant to their life experience. Many families reported significant hardship, especially if they could not find steady employment. People's main information needs related to credit, utility bills and contracts, and insurance, and knowing where to get help.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Finding that spark : what works to achieve effective employment services for young people?

by Bond, Sharon | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Keys, Deborah | Transition to Work Community Of Practice.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2020Description: 2 electronic texts ([95 p., 8 p.]) PDF.Other title: Report from the evaluation of the Transition to Work Community of Practice.Online Access: Report | Summary Notes: Link to full report "Finding that spark What works to achieve effective employment services for young people?" and Summary "Finding that spark: what works to achieve effective employment services for young people? – summary"Summary: Intro: What works to achieve effective employment services for young people? This report presents lessons from the evaluation of the Transition to Work Community of Practice At a glance: Eleven providers of the Transition to Work service at 13 sites across Australia have come together to develop and deliver a consistent approach that achieves sustainable employment outcomes for young people. This Transition to Work Community of Practice, convened by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, is based on collaboration and shared learning. Dive deeper : This mixed method study explored not only which elements of the TtW CoP model work but also how they work and in what circumstances. It drew on quantitative and qualitative data, and included case studies from three TtW CoP services in different locations. The evaluation found that services that followed the TtW CoP model closely were more likely to meet or surpass government targets for 12-week education/employment outcomes than services with less fidelity to the model. Two core concepts stepped out in practice—Advantaged Thinking and harnessing community investment—drove successful outcomes. Seven components delivering these approaches were identified as keys: • a convening component – BSL as an enabling organisation • model components – a four-phase model and activating employers • practice components – the Deal (an agreement between the service and young people); exploration, inspiration and goal setting; group work; and work skills and tasters. The study also found that an enabling organisation facilitated enhanced quality and performance for all TtW CoP providers while ensuring ongoing development, a focus on place, and fidelity to the model.” Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Flexibility with security : driving a new compact down under? /

by Allebone, James | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria Brotherhood of St Laurence ; Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne 2010Description: 17 p.Other title: Social policy working paper ; no. 11.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2010 This occasional online series, commenced in 2004, is a joint undertaking of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne. INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This Paper discusses the concept of 'flexicurity' as developed overseas to balance flexibility for employers with security for workers and its relevance to employment and income support policy in Australia. According to the flexicurity model, security is understood not as narrow 'employment security' (that is, maintenance of employment in a single job secured through long-term contracts and strong employment protection legislation) but rather as broad 'labour market security'.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Frankston North Communities for Children local evaluation : final report

by Mestan, Kemran | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Cameron, Nadine | Oke, Nicole | Stanley, Janet.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 55-59Summary: This evaluation of the local implementation of the national Communities for Children initiative in Frankston North on Melbourne's south-eastern fringe incorporated the Most Significant Change methodology. It examined the outcomes of activities ranging from playgroups to parenting support groups for children, families and the community from the perspective of parents and service providers.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
From participation to leadership : evaluation of the Community Service Leadership Program

by Boese, Martina | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: ix, 32 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Bibliography : p. 31-32 Summary: The Community Service Leadership Program (CSLP), developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Rotary Club of Melbourne, enabled disadvantaged young people in alternative educational settings to explore, devise and implement projects to benefit their local community. Evaluation by BSL researchers indicated that the model achieved positive outcomes for students (from increased communication and work-related skills to greater understanding of social issues), for teachers (in applying a pedagogy which fostered student initiative and interaction with the community) and for community organisations (in mutual respect between age-groups and between cultural groups).Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
From the margins to the mainstream : the challenges for microfinance in Australia

by Burkett, Ingrid | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Sheehan, Genevieve.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: vi, 58 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2009 Summary: This report of research undertaken by the Brotherhood and Community Foresters Finance draws on the literature and stakeholder consultation to explore microfinance in Australia, highlighting the need to achieve sustainability, scale up successful pilot programs and measure impact on financial exclusion. The recommendations point to next steps to meet these challenges.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Fuel poverty, household income and energy spending : an empirical analysis for Australia using HILDA data /

by Azpitarte, Francisco | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Johnson, Victoria | Sullivan, Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2015Description: 26 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Francisco Azpitarte, Henderson Research Fellow, Economist, 2011-2018 Francisco is an economist who joined the Research and Policy Centre in early 2011. He was appointed to the Ronald Henderson Research Fellow joint position at the Melbourne Institute, University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood of St Laurence Summary: As energy prices in Australia have risen, so has concern about the impact on people’s wellbeing. This Brotherhood of St Laurence study considers how to define and measure the extent of fuel poverty in Australia, comparing results based on income and energy expenditure with results based on households’ self-reported ability to heat their homes or pay their energy bills on time. The study, which uses HILDA data, also examines how households’ fuel expenditure is related to their socioeconomic status, as measured by two indicators: household disposable income and a multidimensional measure of social exclusion. The research was supported by funding from the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Generating knowhow in later life

by Kimberley, Helen | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Simons, Bonnie | Wickramasinghe, Seuwandi.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Victoria Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2015Description: vi, 24 pages ; PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: We live in a complex world in which we are increasingly required to take responsibility as individuals for the choices we make and their contingent risks. In this environment, how do older adults know how to live healthy and fulfilling lives in the face of a tsunami of complex information and a plethora of choices? This study set out to explore the knowhow Australians value in later life and how they acquire it. For the purposes of this study we conceived of knowhow as some dynamic coalescence of the knowledge, information and skills that enable us to adapt and respond to the changing world in which we live. We asked 32 older adults no longer in the workforce in a variety of locations across Melbourne: What is ‘knowhow’? What knowhow is most highly valued in later life? How do older adults acquire knowhow? Knowhow is difficult to define. Largely tacit, it is the intuitive ability of ‘knowing what’s the right thing to do with the right kind of thing’ (Harnad 2007, p. 1). Research participants found the concept of knowhow ‘nebulous’ and difficult to articulate per se. They associated it with having a store of useful capabilities accumulated through life experience that enabled them to manage their lives competently. Availability: (1)
Getting it together : the value of alternative behaviours to violence and peer mediation programs : making school happier and safer, and helping students at risk

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1997Description: 11 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: The Prevention of Youth Homelessness Project (PYHP) auspiced by the Brotherhood of St Laurence ran from 1992 until the end of 1996. Using action research approach, it aimed to explore ways to prevent youth homelessness in two Victorian communities of Ballarat and Dandenong. The research report arising from this proposal, `Strengthening attachments' [B8518] found that homelessness may be prevented by schools and community agencies intervening early to help young people who are at risk.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Give and take : an evaluation of the Brotherhood's material aid service /

by Montague, Meg | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1980Description: iii,122 p.Other title: Give and take : an evaluation of the material aid service.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: January 1980 Includes bibliographical referencesAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Given the Chance : an evaluation of an employment and education pathways program for refugees. /

by Mestan, Kemran | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: viii, 52 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy | Summary Notes: March 2008 Summary: This evaluation of Given the Chance, a program developed by the Ecumenical Migration Centre of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, shows that supported mentoring combined with training and work placements can be effective in helping refugees to understand Australian workplace cultures and providing an entr e into employment and/or educational opportunities.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (2).
Giving asylum seekers a chance : insights from a pilot employment program

by van Kooy, John | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Randrianarisoa, Agathe.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2017Description: 13 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: What is needed to overcome the disadvantage faced by asylum seekers when competing in the labour market? Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers is a Brotherhood of St Laurence employment program for asylum seekers with bridging visas living in Melbourne. Supported by a private philanthropist, the program aims to assist asylum seekers to get into (and stay in) the workforce. The program also works with employers to procure jobs and training opportunities, while advocating for changes to government policies. The Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers program has had success in getting many individual asylum seekers into their first jobs. However, it stands out as an exception in a landscape of constrained service access and restrictive visas. Advocacy efforts should continue to address the government policies and employer practices that prevent others from achieving sustainable employment and economic security. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Going somewhere?: income support for homeless young people /

by Thomson, Lisa.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence 1993Description: 130 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: September 1993Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Growing apart : a new look at poverty in Australia : the findings of The Understanding Poverty Project of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. /

by Johnson, Jeannette | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Taylor, Janet.

Publisher: Fitzroy Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2000Description: 26 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: May 2000Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Growing community enterprise : an evaluation of the Community Enterprise Development Initiative

by Bond, Sharon | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: xii, 88 p. PDF.Other title: Stronger communities - making it our business .Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: March 2008 Summary: This is the final evaluation report from the Community Enterprise Development Initiative (CEDI), funded by the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development and delivered by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. After a pilot in 12 locations in 2005, the program expanded to 15 more sites in 2006 07. In addition to assisting the development of various community enterprises, CEDI has built a knowledge base about critical success factors and best practice, and fostered collaboration and networking. The report includes several case studies of community enterprises.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Helping local people get jobs : insights from the Brotherhood of St Laurence experience in Fitzroy and Collingwood

by Temby, Pam | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Housakos, George | Ziguras, Stephen J.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2004Description: 15 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2004 Summary: This report briefly describes the Brotherhood of St Laurence s work to assist long-term unemployed residents of two inner city housing estates to gain employment. It outlines a model of labour market assistance based on investment in pre-vocational training, paid and unpaid work experience, traineeships, post-placement support and long-term personal support. It concludes with learnings from the project and policy implications for the Commonwealth government. ; This report briefly describes the Brotherhood of St Laurence s work to assist long-term unemployed residents of two inner city housing estates to gain employment. It outlines a model of labour market assistance based on investment in pre-vocational training, paid and unpaid work experience, traineeships, post-placement support and long-term personal support. It concludes with learnings from the project and policy implications for the Commonwealth government.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Helping local people get jobs: the Brotherhood of St Laurence experience in Fitzroy and Collingwood /

by Temby, Pam | Housakos, George | Ziguras, Stephen.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2004Description: 4 p. (April ed) 15p. (May ed).Notes: April 2004 is a summary May 2004 Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (2).
Hidden in plain sight : the impact of the COVID-19 response on mature-age low-income people in Australia

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Mills, Amber | Finnis, James | Ng, Suyin | Grutzner,Kate | Raman, Bhairavi | Nous Group.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic., Brotherhood of St Laurence : 2020; Melbourne, Vic., Nous Group : 2020Description: 19 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Brotherhood of St Laurence and Nous Group" 30 June 2020; Authors: Amber Mills (Senior Research Fellow) and James Finnis (Policy Advisor) at the Research and Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence; and Suyin Ng (Principal), Kate Grutzner (Senior Consultant) and Bhairavi Raman (Consultant) at the Nous Group.Summary: Intro The crisis may be easing, but for mature-age, low-income Australians the consequences are likely to persist. New research shines a light on this group who have so far been overlooked. At a glance The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) and Nous Group (Nous) have partnered to analyse the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic public health response on low-income earners aged 50 to 65. Not yet eligible for the pension or aged care, many of these people are caught between employment and retirement: too old to work and too young to retire. Dive deeper Australian governments have responded swiftly to the pandemic. Many mature-age, low-income people will benefit from these initiatives. However, most interventions have involved short-term increases in funding, channelled via existing systems and service structures. COVID-19 has highlighted that existing policies do not meet the needs of people who face entrenched disadvantage. In this paper, we focus on broad and multidimensional disadvantage including: • employment • economic security • housing • health and connections. Medium- to long-term solutions for these people require overcoming structural inequalities and barriers that existed prior to COVID-19. We propose immediate steps to provide relief, as well as ways forward to achieve lasting change. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Home Energy Assist - Affordable Retrofits : project evaluation report / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: unpub. © 2019Description: 154 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) engaged the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) to deliver the Home Energy Assist Affordable Retrofits Trial (HEAART) to provide access to energy efficiency upgrades and rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) to 100 low-income and vulnerable Victorian households. The trial provided access to rooftop solar PV and energy efficiency upgrades through a co-funding model, whereby the cost of upgrades was split between the household and a contribution from the program. The upgrade packages represented “deep” retrofits, i.e. multiple upgrades to have a substantial impact on the household’s energy usage and/or comfort. This Evaluation Report should be read in conjunction with the Project Documentation Report (PDR). Revisiting the key metrics from the Project Documentation Report The PDR outlined key components of project delivery. In summary, between June 2019 and December 2018, during the pilot delivery phase: 88 households received upgrade packages ; 315 individual upgrades were installed ; 66 Scorecard assessments were delivered through the HEAART program Of the major upgrades installed, there were 67 reverse cycle air-conditioners, 13 solar PV systems, 16 gas heaters or ducting upgrades, 13 hot water systems (instantaneous gas or heat pumps), and 28 ceiling insulation installations. In addition, there were 126 draught sealing jobs undertaken, 21 appliance upgrades, 13 lighting upgrades, 8 external blinds, and 3 ceiling fans installed. The average upgrade cost was $4,973, with participants contributing on average $2,327. The total cost of all upgrades was $437,6681, with participants contributing $204,810 and the HEAART project contributing $233,889. – p. 5 ; Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Home Energy Assist - Affordable Retrofits : project documentation report/ BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: unpub. © 2019Description: 110 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) engaged the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) to deliver the Home Energy Assist Affordable Retrofits Trial (HEAART) to provide access to energy efficiency and rooftop solar to 100 low income and vulnerable Victorian households. Originally conceived as a pilot, HEAART was conducted to evaluate the scalability and impact of the delivery model proposed by DELWP and refined by BSL. Trial participants were provided with information to assist with decision making (in the form of a Scorecard assessment and advise on the different upgrade options), access to a panel of prevetted suppliers, a subsidy towards the upgrades, assistance with suppliers and access to a nointerest loan. The trial provided access to rooftop solar and energy efficiency upgrades through a co-funding model, whereby the cost of upgrades was split between the household and a contribution from the program. As a point of differentiation from other programs, the intention of the upgrade package was that it represent a significant or “deep” retrofit, i.e. have a substantial impact on the household’s energy usage and/or comfort. In practice, “deep retrofits” were interpreted to consist of multiple upgrades and/or with total costs above a minimum value. An additional design principle, to complement the co-funding approach, was that participants were supported and given agency to implement upgrades appropriate to their context, through advice and consultation based on the participants’ preferences and the outcome of a Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard assessment. A Final Project Report will be delivered, as well as this Project Documentation Report, with further analysis of the impact of upgrade packages, and a summary of the results and learnings of the program. – p. 5 ; Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Home energy efficiency upgrade program final report

by Sullivan, Damian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2016Description: 275 p. ill: charts; tables; photos.Online Access: Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report (complete document) | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report executive summary | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 1 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 2 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 3 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 4 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 5 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 6 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report chapter 7 | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendices A, B and C | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix D | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix E | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix F | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix G | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix H | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report appendix I | Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report references Notes: 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).Summary: HEEUP assisted low-income Victorian households to upgrade to more efficient hot water systems. Hot water systems are one of the biggest energy users in the home. Many low-income households have inefficient systems that are costly to run. The program pilot and related research aimed to: - assess the impact of hot water upgrades on household energy consumption (and subsequently energy bills and greenhouse emissions) - identify the optimal incentive level for hot water upgrades within low income households - identify whether action taken in HEEUP was additional to what would have otherwise occurred - identify lessons learnt from the trial including through case studies of trial participants - develop a model that can be replicated and expanded.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
How do we help Jane and Hui? : the impact of poverty on the life chances of children /

by Gilley, Tim | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1994Description: Unpaged.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: A copy of this paper was presented by Tim Gilley to the International Year of the Family Conference, November 20 to November 23 1994, Hilton Hotel, Adelaide Item No. 1994.27 Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Impact of social and economic change on women and families : dependency, paid work and unpaid work. /

by McClelland, Alison | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1993Description: 20 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: 'December 1993' Address to Social Security Conference, Canberra, November 4th 1993 Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Implementation of the Jobskills Program by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. /

by MacDonald, Helen | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1995Description: 46 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: June 1995Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Improving lives through Jobskills : a survey of participants /

by Grieves, Christian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1995Description: 92 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: June 1995Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Improving resident transfers between hospitals and residential aged care facilities

by Meese, Laura | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Poole, Jennifer.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence December 2008Description: 33 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2008Summary: This study of transfers of frail older people between hospitals and residential care was undertaken by two fourth-year social work students from La Trobe University. They considered discharge procedures, cooperative care, and communication and information, with particular reference to the Yellow Envelope, a tool designed to ensure key patient information is readily available at all transfer stages. Their report includes recommendations for further improvements.Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1), Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland : Warm Home Cool Home and Concession Assist social research final report. /

by Johnson, Victoria | Moreland Solar City | Sullivan, Damian | Totty, Jo | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: viii, 58 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: In Australia, growing concern about climate change and rising energy prices has renewed interest in residential energy efficiency. Between 2007 and 2012, Australian retail electricity prices have risen by 72 per cent (ABS 2012). Low-income households, which spend a higher proportion of their income on energy than other households, are particularly vulnerable to these price rises. We are also beginning to experience the impacts of climate change - including an increase in the intensity of heatwaves, to which low-income households are highly vulnerable (see ACOSS 2013; Edwards & Wiseman 2009). Homes that are more energy efficient have the potential to reduce householders' vulnerability to rising energy prices, and may also reduce vulnerability to heatwaves. However, many low-income households face financial and other barriers to improving the energy efficiency of their homes. ; This report presents the results of social research which investigated the impact of energy efficiency activity for households that participated in the Warm Home Cool Home (WHCH) and Concession Assist (CA) programs. The research described was conducted by the BSL through Moreland Solar City, which is part of the Australian Government's national Solar Cities program. Led by Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL), Moreland Solar City is a partnership with Moreland City Council, the BSL and Sustainability Victoria. The WHCH and CA programs were delivered by the BSL and MEFL. Like most energy efficiency programs targeted to low-income households, the programs aimed to address cost, information and trust barriers faced by these households in improving the energy efficiency of their homes. [Extract from Summary]Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland : research sample, baseline measures and recruitment for the Warm Home Cool Home program evaluation /

by Johnson, Victoria | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Sullivan Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 23-24Summary: This report contains baseline data from a study to identify the social impacts within households of the Warm Home Cool Home program which offers energy audits and retrofits to low-income households in the City of Moreland in Melbourne's northern suburbs. This research was funded through Moreland Solar City, an Australian Government Solar Cities initiative led by the Moreland Energy Foundation, in partnership with Moreland City Council, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Sustainability Victoria.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland : Warm Home Cool Home and Concession Assist social research final report : research summary

by Johnson, Victoria | Moreland Solar City | Sullivan, Damian.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The full report Improving the energy efficiency of homes in Moreland: Warm Home Cool Home and Concession Assist social research final report (PDF file, 623 KB), by Victoria Johnson, Damian Sullivan and Jo Totty may be downloaded from the Brotherhood of St Laurence website.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Increasing consumer choice in aged care services : a position paper

by Laragy, Carmel | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Naughtin, Gerry.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: 24 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2009 Summary: Increased choice in aged care services is a growing trend internationally, driven by demographic trends and consumer advocacy. This review of the literature on consumer-directed, flexible care points to better outcomes for consumers and to cost efficiencies. The authors signal several key issues that need to be addressed in improving choice and flexibility in Australian aged care services, and propose a major national trial of consumer-directed aged care packages in Australia.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Increasing participation : employment options for young people with intellectual disabilities. /

by Charlton, Anna.

Publisher: unpub. 2000Description: 56 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: A study undertaken for the Brotherhood of St Laurence under the Ronald Henderson Research Foundation Internship Program and as a final year thesis for the Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne -- cover. October 2000 Includes bibliographical references (p. 56-59)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Innovative community responses in overcoming barriers to employment /

by Ziguras, Stephen | Kleidon, Jacinda.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence.,unpub. 2005Description: 23p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2005 Submitted to Department of Victorian Communities for incorporation in a longer document.Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Integrated service delivery for young people : a literature review

by Bond, Sharon | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This research project examined youth hubs and local youth services that respond to the needs of the whole person by 'joining up' services and programs, and considers supportive policy frameworks. Learning from models in the UK, the US and Australia, the findings will inform Brotherhood of St Laurence service delivery in Frankston and elsewhere.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Investing in local people and harnessing local communities: a progress report on Victoria's Work and Learning Centres

by Bodsworth, Eve | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Victoria Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014Description: viii., 40p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Work and Learning Centres operated by community organisations with strong local networks aim to create learning and employment pathways for jobseekers by providing personalised support, non-vocational training, career guidance and direct links to vocational education and training and to employers. This report presents early findings about the impact of the WLC model implemented at five sites across Victoria (Carlton, Geelong, Moe, Ballarat and Shepparton). This research sought to gauge the efficacy of the model and to find what works for which clients and the elements that clients themselves identify as contributing to their outcomes. 2014Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Investing in our future : an evaluation of the national rollout of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) : final report to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, August 2011 /

by Liddell, Max | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Barnett, Tony | Roost, Fatoumata Diallo | McEachran, Juliet.

Edition: 2nd ed.Publisher: [Fitzroy, Vic.] HIPPY Australia and Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: xii, 130 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2011 "A summary report from the national evaluation of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)"; August 2011Summary: A national evaluation of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY), a combined home and centre-based early childhood enrichment program that supports parents in their role as their child's first teacher has found significant benefits for parents and children. The effectiveness of HIPPY was evaluated by means of a two-year, longitudinal, quasi-experimental research design that involved a comparison group drawn from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children using propensity score matching.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Investing in people : intermediate labour markets as pathways to employment

by Mestan, Kemran | Allen Consulting Group | Scutella, Rosanna.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: ix, 40 p. + 1 summary ( 4 p.) PDF.Online Access: Main | Summary Notes: September 2007 Summary: Getting the long-term jobless into mainstream employment is a major challenge for Australian governments, especially in areas of concentrated disadvantage. The Brotherhood s approach, also used effectively overseas, is to use an Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) as a bridge between long-term unemployment and the mainstream labour market. This research report presents initial findings about the effectiveness of the Brotherhood s ILM programs, drawing on interviews with staff and participants and also proposing a framework for a cost-benefit analysis.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (2).
Issues of childrearing and poverty among Asian immigrants / Janet Taylor.

by Taylor, Janet, 1945- | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St. Laurence, 1994Description: 22 p. ; 30 cm.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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It's the simple things that matter : an evaluation of the Banksia host-home respite program /

by Holm, Sonya | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Ziguras, Stephen J.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2001Description: vi, 31 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2001 Bibliography : 30-31Summary: Describes an evaluation of host-home repite care program for aged people with dementia and their carers at the Banksia Centre in Carrum Downs. It was initiated to provide another respite option, especially for groups of people who might not be able to use or participate in existing respite programs.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Job Network frontline staff survey : preliminary findings

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | A.C. Nielsen Company (Australia) | Jobs Australia.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2005Description: 11 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Job retention and advancement of disadvantaged jobseekers: a synthesis of findings

by Chigavazira, Abraham | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Bowman, Dina | Scutella, Rosanna.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013; Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research 2013Description: 24 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: This research was conducted as part of the ARC linkage project 'Job retention and advancement for disadvantaged jobseekers' with the Brotherhood of St Laurence.Summary: This report summarises key findings of the Job Retention and Advancement of Disadvantaged Jobseekers study, an ARC Linkage funded study with the Brotherhood of St Laurence that examined the long-term employment outcomes of particular groups of disadvantaged jobseekers in Australia. The central aim of the study was to identify the factors that assist with job retention and advancement of the unemployed and of other jobless groups that have experienced long spells out of the workforce, such as sole parents and people with long-term health conditions or disabilities. ; Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were undertaken to address the aims of the study. Firstly the direct experiences of a select group of disadvantaged jobseekers were examined in a longitudinal survey designed specifically for this study: the Job Pathways Survey. As a complement to the survey 57 semi-structured, face-to-face or telephone interviews were conducted with 30 people over the course of the study. Secondly we examined earnings mobility in Australia using a nationally representative dataset. The third area of inquiry related to policy options to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged jobseekers once they have re-entered the labour market. Findings for each of these parts of the study are summarised below, beginning with the findings of the Job Pathways Survey.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Juggling risks : insurance in households struggling with financial insecurity

by Banks, Marcus | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Bowman, Dina.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2017Description: 34 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: To understand why people on low incomes do or do not take out insurance we need to understand their overall financial circumstances and the multiple risks they face. This report draws on findings of the Spinning the Plates study, which examined the drivers of economic insecurity and how low and moderate-income households in suburban Melbourne manage increasing levels of risk.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Kids and kindergarten : access to preschool in Victoria. /

by Taylor, Janet | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St. Laurence 1997Description: iv, 70 p. Includes bibliograpy.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: This is the fifth book in the series based on the Brotherhood's longitudinal study into the life chances of children.Summary: This study examines how 149 children born in inner Melbourne fared in their preschool year.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Kooris at work : discussions with employers and Koori workers about work, family and cultural needs. /

by Sully, Vincent | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1997Description: x, 70 p. ; 30 cm.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Funded by the Department of Industrial Relations..tp.Summary: Part of the Brotherhood s major Future of Work study.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Labour market programs and policy beyond Working Nation. /

by MacNeill, Kate | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1995Description: 11 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 1995Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).
Learning support programs : education reform beyond the school.

by Bond, Sharon | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: vi, 29 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2009 Summary: This report presents the case for learning support programs (LSPs) and suggests that, in light of Commonwealth and state commitments to social inclusion, a serious policy and funding commitments to such programs is required as a key element of the implementation of the COAG National Plans for education reform.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Learning to survive : income and support for homeless secondary students. /

by Morris, Helen | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Blaskett, Beverley.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1992Description: 99 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Leaving care and homelessness /

by Taylor, Janet | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St. Laurence 1990Description: 106 p. Bibliography: p. 77-106.Other title: Child poverty policy review ; 5.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "With an annotated bibliography by Ruth Harrison" -t.p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Lessons from a flexible learning program: the Brotherhood of St Laurence Community VCAL education program for young people 2010–2013

by Myconos, George | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Melbourne Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014Description: 33 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: The Brotherhood of St Laurence ‘Community VCAL’ program is a response to widespread concern in Victoria about youth disengagement from secondary education. Operating in Frankston since 2010, it enables 15–18 year olds who have encountered significant challenges to undertake the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning – a course which combines classroom tuition with vocational training and work placements – in a non-school setting. Using the 2013 program experience as its starting point, the report describes the evolution of an integrated approach to assisting young people through teaching, wellbeing and pathways support.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Life at six : life chances and beginning school. /

by Taylor, Janet | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Macdonald, Fiona.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1998Description: xx, 205 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references This is the sixth book in the series reporting the findings of the Brotherhood's longitudinal study into the life chances of children. 2 copiesSummary: The study explores how 148 children in inner Melbourne are faring as 6-year-olds. It examines the changes in the families' lives since the birth of the children and the current family situations, as well as the children's health, development and progress at school.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Life chances and housing pathways of families with young children /

by Taylor, Janet | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1999Description: 14 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 1999Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Life chances at 16 : life chances study stage 8

by Taylor, Janet | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Nelms, Lucy.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: vi, 45 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Stage 8 of the longitudinal Life Chances Study explored the situations of 125 young Australians (75 girls and 50 boys) from diverse backgrounds, their current engagement with school and work and their future plans at the age of 16. The survey responses confirmed the continuity and layering of disadvantage: for example, 16 year olds from low-income families with parents with limited education are more likely than their affluent peers to leave school early and less likely to plan university careers. The findings also showed diversity within socioeconomic groups, and posed the challenge of providing effective teaching and transition supports for all young people.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Looking ahead : lessons from the evaluation of Peninsula Youth Connections : stage 3 report /

by Barrett, Anna | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2012Description: 25 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations This report represents Stage 3 of a three-stage evaluation. Stage 1, Overcoming barriers to education and Stage 2 Building relationships for better outcomes (summaries included) Includes bibliographic references p. 17Summary: Peninsula Youth Connections (PYC) is the local expression of an Australian Government initiative to support young people at risk of disengaging from education and training. Operating in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, PYC is run as a partnership between the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Taskforce Community Agency. ; This document reports on the third stage of the PYC evaluation, which addresses the program's role in strengthening regional capacity to effectively respond to the needs of young people disengaging from education.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Looking back, looking forward : interpreting personal stories in later life

by Carr, Ashley | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Kimberley, Helen | Biggs, Simon.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: 18 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: This Brotherhood of St Laurence study builds on earlier work which challenged the narrow policy focus on economic and employment-centred understandings of the ageing of Australia's population. The researchers engaged directly with older adults, listening to the stories that they tell about their lives, aspirations and disappointments, in order to better understand the experiences and values that shape later life.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Losing traction : lessons in financial wellbeing from the COVID crisis / Emily Porter and Dina Bowman (BSL)

by Porter, Emily | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Bowman, Dina.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2021Description: 8 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Our analysis of financial wellbeing over three time periods finds that Australians on low incomes are more exposed to risks, making them vulnerable to a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. At a glance: As Australia begins to reopen and the hope blooms that life will return to normal, it is easy to feel that the worst of the COVID-19 crisis is over. However, our research suggests recovery for people on low incomes will be slow. For some the financial impacts from COVID will likely be long term. Dive deeper: We use ANZ's Financial Wellbeing Indicator, which draws on multiple questions in the continuous Roy Morgan Single Source survey. The Indicator brings together three dimensions based on Kempson and colleagues’ (2017) model of financial wellbeing. These include the ability to meet everyday commitments, feeling comfortable about one’s financial situation and resilience to financial shocks. Our latest research analysed ANZ Roy Morgan Financial Wellbeing data from the pre-COVID period (April 2018 to March 2020), through the 2020 COVID peak (April 2020 to September 2020) and the initial recovery (October 2020 to March 2021). Less secure work and an inadequate and conditional social safety net have reduced public protection from financial shocks while making it harder for many individuals to build their own protective savings buffer. Our analysis shows the COVID crisis impacted financial wellbeing as follows. • Income support recipients got a brief reprieve from poverty, which ended as temporary income supplements were wound back: • Unemployed workers on JobSeeker reported a 10% improvement in meeting commitments in the 2020 COVID peak, then a 19% decline. • Single parents not in employment entered the crisis with Meeting Commitments scores 43% below the Australian average. These rose by a modest 2%, before falling by 16%. • Disability Support Pensioners not in employment) benefited from lump sum economic support payments, increasing their ability to meet commitments by 14% during the high COVID period of 2020, then falling back by 15%. Many low-income workers missed out on support, with long-term consequences: • 52% of workers in the lowest 20% of households by income reported losing employment, work hours or income due to COVID, compared to 28% of workers in the top 60% of households by income. This led to a 19% fall in ability to meet commitments from the pre-COVID period. • The percentage of male workers with debts in the bottom 20% of households by income increased by 18 points to 58%. Women in the same group showed a 5-point increase in the percentage with debt to 48% and a net decline in those with superannuation by 7 points. Stopping the downward spiral of financial stress requires a decent social safety net, access to quality employment that allows people to build their own resilience, and a robust social infrastructure base that delivers dignity and opportunity. This report is part of the Financial Lives in Uncertain Times project. The research was made possible by the generous support of ANZ through the ANZ Tony Nicholson Fellowship and the provision under licence of Roy Morgan Single Source Survey data. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Low-income older Australians : prospects for the next 20 years. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1994Description: 10 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Review of services for older people no. 2 April 1994Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Making a difference to children and families in financial stress and poverty / Social Ventures Australia ; Brotherhood of St. Laurence

by Social Ventures Australia | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Social Ventures Australia ; Brotherhood of St. Laurence ; Australian National University. Centre for Social Research and Methods, 2021Description: 5 p. PDF.Online Access: Report | Projects: Poverty, financial stress and social security (BSL Website) Summary: Financial stress and poverty in families undermines children’s long-term health and wellbeing. It increases their likelihood of experiencing disadvantage later in life and creates significant costs to society through the justice and welfare systems. Financial stress is also the leading cause of relationship breakdown in families. Reducing these factors can have a profound impact on children’s life trajectories. As part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Australian Government implemented the temporary Coronavirus Supplement, effectively doubling the income of people receiving JobSeeker and Parenting payments. This has provided a real-world example of the benefits to families and children when you significantly lift their income support. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Making it work : promoting participation of job seekers with multiple barriers through the Personal Support Programme

by Perkins, Daniel.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2007Description: 142 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy | Summary Notes: December 2007 Summary: This report presents findings of an evaluation of the Personal Support Programme (PSP) by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne Citymission and Hanover Welfare Services. PSP, funded by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and delivered by non-government and private contractors, provides two years intensive case management to job seekers facing multiple personal barriers. The research found that after involvement in the program participants had somewhat higher levels of economic and social participation and less interference from barriers. Many elements of the PSP model are consistent with best practice overseas, but two serious weaknesses are the lack of integrated employment support and the severely limited funding restricting access to specialist services for participants.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2), BSL Archives (2).
Making sense of youth transitions from education to work

by Bowman, Dina | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Borlagdan, Joseph | Bond, Sharon.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2015Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: The term 'youth transitions' has become increasingly fraught as the age range of 'youth' is stretched. It has blurred and extended the phases of transition from education to work, seeing young people as a problem group who are ‘at risk’ while failing to adequately recognise the institutional and structural contexts. This paper focuses on youth in the 15–24 age range and explores the factors that influence their transition to a sustainable livelihood. In Australia, the focus on youth education and workforce participation was spurred by youth unemployment rates approaching 20% in 1992. While overall unemployment had risen steadily during the late 1980s and early 1990s, youth had been hit particularly hard by the recession. The Keating Government took a strong stance, arguing that … 'every young Australian should be in education, training or employment' (Keating 1994, p. 13). This paper argues that, more than 20 years later, the move from education to work is not always easy, as is evidenced by youth unemployment over the past seven years. [Summary - extract]Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Making the leap : a practical guide to inter-agency collaboration

by Thornton, Danielle | Bryant, David | Mallett, Shelley.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2018; Carlton, Vic. Australia and New Zealand School of Government 2018Description: 11 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Government and community-sector agencies have an equal stake in producing better social services. There is new interest in effective collaboration and pooling of complementary expertise. Making the leap aims to fill a gap in the literature on collaboration by sharing practical insights drawn from interviews with public and community sector managers with recent first-hand experience of inter-agency and cross-sectoral collaboration. It is hoped that the tips contained here will offer concrete guidance for managers who want to ‘make the leap’ from cooperation to genuine collaboration with like-minded agencies. This practical guide is part of a broader research project examining collaborative forms of commissioning, funded by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Making work pay and making income support work

by Bodsworth, Eve | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: xiii, 73 p.Online Access: Electronic copy | Summary Notes: March 2010 ; Includes "Making work pay and making income support work : Summary."Summary: This study examined the financial incentives and non-financial factors influencing the decision to return to work or to increase working hours for two groups thought to be affected by high effective marginal tax rates, single parents and unemployed people. The findings inform the Brotherhood's policy and advocacy work relating to taxation.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Mandatory reporting and child abuse

by Carter, Jan | Brothehood of St Laurence | Burston, Olga.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1988Description: 67 p. Bibiography p.59-67.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Mandatory reporting and child abuse

by Burston, Olga.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence 1988Description: 13p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Many faces of saving : social dimensions of Saver Plus /

by Bodsworth, Eve | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited 2011; Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: 48 p.: ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Saver Plus is an initiative of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ. The program is funded by ANZ and the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, with ANZ providing matched savings for participants. The program is delivered in partnership with The Smith Family, The Benevolent Society and Berry Street. Local community organisations also deliver Saver Plus including Anglicare SA, Anglicare WA, BGT, Bethany Community Support, Jewish Care Victoria and Haven.Summary: A small qualitative study of Saver Plus, a matched savings program designed to assist low-income Australians to build assets and improve their financial capability, explored the social and economic context in which the participants attempted to save money and manage their finances. It also shed light on the constraints to saving faced by individuals and families. The study includes recommendations for improving the Saver Plus program, and for broader policy reform.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Measuring child poverty /

by Carter, Jan (ed.) | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St. Laurence 1991Description: xiii,114 p. Includes appendix and bibliographic references.Other title: Child poverty policy review ; 6.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Includes "Poverty lines - measurement issues"/ Carol Oxley, Bruce Prosser and Anthony King, "The incidence of child poverty since 1986"/ Anthony King; "The measurement of poverty : lessons from overseas"/ Michael GourlayAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Misattention and problem solving in interactions between care workers and dementia care residents

by Biggs, Simon | Carr, Ashley.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2017Description: PDF 6 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Aged and dementia care services are required to conform to multiple regulatory frameworks. How do these regulations enhance or constrain services? Researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood of St Laurence have investigated how regulation affects practices in dementia care. The third Research Insight explores organisational responses to regulation, in terms of theirstrategies, management levels and facility design. This research is an activity of the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC), a national initiative funded jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Alzheimer’s Australia, which supports the Consumer Dementia Research Network (CDRN), and three aged care industry partners—Brightwater Care Group, HammondCare and Helping Hand Aged Care. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Money matters in times of change : financial vulnerability through the life course /

by Arashiro, Zuleika | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2011Description: ix, 47 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF | Summary Notes: April 2011 Includes "Money matters in times of change : financial vulnerability through the life course : research summary."Summary: This study explores financial vulnerability during four key life transitions: moving from school to work, being out of work, becoming a single mother, and retiring and ageing. It found that material and emotional support are essential to reduce the risk that such transitions lead to financial hardship and persistent disadvantage. It also found that some strategies used to cope with financial pressure, such as 'doing without', reduce immediate pressure but can lead to social exclusion.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Moving on : Austudy and the lives of unsupported secondary students

by Tasker, Gillian | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1995Description: xvi, 126 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Much obliged: disadvantaged job seekers' experiences of the mutual obligation regime

by Ziguras, Stephen J | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Dufty, Gavin | Considine, Mark.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2003Description: vi, 61 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: May 2003 Includes bibliographical references Includes insert: Getting a job can be a game of chance... (4 p.)Summary: A joint research project conducted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, which reveals that some Centrelink requirements actually hinder people, especially those facing multiple barriers, from finding work. The authors argue that the Federal Government should provide more resources for programs targeting disadvantaged jobseekers. ; A joint research project conducted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, which reveals that some Centrelink requirements actually hinder people, especially those facing multiple barriers, from finding work. The authors argue that the Federal Government should provide more resources for programs targeting disadvantaged jobseekers.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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National shelter : a literature review of seniors housing in Australia /

by Naufal, Roland | National Shelter.

Publisher: [Adelaide, S.A.?] National Shelter 2009Description: 10 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2009 This literature search draws on a wide range of source materials. However a significant contribution was made by extensive AHURI housing research and unpublished source material prepared by the Brotherhood of St Laurence Social Policy Research Centre.Summary: Housing suitability substantially impacts on healthy and productive ageing. Housing provides access to a range of amenities and is the main means of accumulating wealth . Low income older people are at greatest risk of losing their independence when housing is beyond their means. Recent Australian research has shown that single older people are at far greater risk of housing stress causing poorer physical and mental health status.Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).
Needs as described by the family members /

by Williams, Shirlee | Action Resource Centre (ARC) | Taylor, Sharyn | Miller, Maureen.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Action and Resource Centre (ARC) [1979?]Description: 5 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: ARC started in 1972 at the Brotherhood of St Laurence as The Family Centre Project. Action and Resource Centre (ARC) for low-income families opened in 1972 on a self-management basis, taking over from the Family Centre and continuing the Family Centre Project philosophy - 'low-income people need a voice and an organisation where they can help other low income people'. With 95 member families, fifteen members of the Family Centre were employed as resource workers. The ARC's Support Work Program (SWOP) provided employment for men who had been out of work for some time. The formal agreement between the BSL and the Action & Resource Centre was signed on 28 July 1976, the first step towards autonomy for the project.(BSL timeline)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Negotiating the maze : an analysis of employment assistance for young people

by Dearn, Liz.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2001Description: 47 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2001 SCHOOL WORK TRANSITIONAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Networks of care: valuing social capital in community aged care services

by Wickramasinghe, Seuwandi | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Kimberley, Helen.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2016Description: iv, 36 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Community aged care services in Australia are undergoing major change. With the introduction of Consumer Directed Care (CDC), older adults who are eligible for assistance have control over spending their individual budget on services and can choose a service provider in an open, competitive market. One important question is whether a marketised service system might pose a risk to the collaborative and cooperative relationships among providers. This pilot research project used network mapping to gain understanding of the utility and value of social capital, in the form of networks and links, to community aged care service provision.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Now we are 21 : an overview of the longitudinal Life Chances Study

by Taylor, Janet | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Allan, Malita.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2013Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence's Life Chances Study is now 21 years old. The longitudinal study began with 167 children who were born in inner suburbs of Melbourne in 1990 and has comprised ten stages, the most recent completed in 2012. This new overview report, which outlines the published findings of each stage, enables readers to follow up the diverse topics covered over 21 years and the policy implications for a fairer society. It is also a guide for future analysis. ; The report provides an overview of each of the 10 stages of the longitudinal study, from early childhood, through school years and transitions from school to 21 year olds. It includes a focus on migrant and refugee families and parents? employment and outlines practice and policy implications.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).
Office of Housing Rent Deduction Service : evaluation of the March 2003 changes

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2005Description: 4 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2005Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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On the threshold : the future of private rooming houses in the City of Yarra /

by Jope, Sally | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, vic Brotherhood of St Laurence 2000Description: iv, 47 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2000 Includes bibliographical references (p. 46-47)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Organisational levels, strategies and design in the regulation of dementia care

by Biggs, Simon | Carr, Ashley.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2017