The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a non-government, community-based organisation concerned with social justice. Based in Melbourne, it is working for a better deal for disadvantaged people and provides important services for people who need them most since 1930.
At the start of the 21st century, the Brotherhood’s vision was restated as ‘Australia Free of Poverty’. It works not just to alleviate poverty but to prevent it. The organization wants to demonstrate how economic efficiency and social fairness can reinforce each other and lay the foundations for a new social safety net based on economic participation and opportunities.
Major areas of the Brotherhood’s work include caring for older Australians, family and children’s services, assistance for job-seekers, support for refugees, undertaking research and policy development work. An important aim is for successful small-scale programs to be adopted more widely by governments and by other community organisations so as to keep promoting social change for a fairer and more inclusive society.
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