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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).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
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).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
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).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
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).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
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).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
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).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
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