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 Children and families


The new Growing Learners Program assisted parents and their children up to the age of three to learn together through play. The 2 Generation approach, with support from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, worked with the families in the program to address the major issues of family poverty[1]


More than 4,500 families across Australia took part in the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY). Some 65% of children completed the two-year program. Parental reports in relation to 2016 were very strongly in favor of the program. In 2016 HIPPY trained and employed more than 425 parents as home tutors. For some parents this was their first paid job in Australia.  A HIPPY Age Three Development Project in Brisbane produced findings to advocate extending Hippy to three year olds [2].    


The Brotherhood's Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Program was started in November 2016 to support families with children experiencing developmental delay or living with a disability when there was no access to the NDIS. Some 300 families came to ECEI in 2017 [3].


More than 3,400 families used the Saver Plus program to educate themselves financially while saving for their children's education [4].  


Community developments (and partnerships)


The Brotherhood's 1,000 Voices project gained momentum. The Project aims to strengthen communities in Melbourne's growth corridors. In 2017 the Brotherhood collaborated with nearly 30 agencies in four community hubs in the Hume and Whittlesea municipalities [5]


The Brotherhood's Chaplaincy operated the Good Neighbour Project. This project partners with parishes in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. It aims to support those in need, in particular in Melbourne's growth corridors [6].


The Chaplaincy also ran the Schools Engagement Urban Camp Program. More than 800 young people took part in one of the Urban Camps during the year. The camps challenge the students to explore issues of disadvantage and social justice [7].


The Brotherhood operates the MoneyMinded Program in partnership with the ANZ Bank. The program trains community sector works, who in turn deliver MoneyMinded courses to members of the community. In 2017 the program included training to staff at Forensicare, who in turn deliver financial education to their clients in the criminal justice system [8].


In July 2016 the Brotherhood began to partner with the National Disability Insurance Agency to deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in North East Melbourne; the first area in Australia to experience the full roll out of the NDIS. The scheme aims to help people with disability to improve their capacity to participate in the community. The Brotherhood provides Local Area Coordination Services, in its first year of operation the Brotherhood assisted more than 3000 people to navigate the NDIS [9].               


Work continued in implementing the Brotherhood's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). This included staff training in indigenous cultural awareness, two paid work placements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students and working with a range of community based organisations [10].  


Employment and training  


The Brotherhood began operating the David Scott School in Frankston from first term 2017. The school works with disengaged young who are unable to study in traditional schools [11]



Other Brotherhood programs in the training and employment area included:

Homework Clubs, providing students with assistance from volunteer tutors

the Re-engaging Early Secondary Education and Training (RESET) program, helping children aged 10 to 14 who had stopped attending school back into mainstream education

the Navigator Program, in collaboration with Anglicare and the Victorian Government helping those aged 12 to 17 who were not in school to reconnect with education in Western Melbourne 

the Community Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning program, providing a flexible learning setting for young people who have disengaged from school

the Creating Futures for Youth program, supported by Citi Foundation, helping young people with training and work experience

the Education First Youth Foyers, in collaboration with other agencies and the Victorian Government to provide accommodation at three TAFE Colleges for young people  

the Youth Transitions Support Pilot in Melbourne’s north, helping involve young refugees in education and employment


Older People


The Brotherhood's Home Care Packages Program assisted some 975 older people to stay living at their homes. A wide range of assistance packages was made available. Day care and respite services were provided in the Brotherhood's social activity hubs (the Coolibah Club and Banksia Centers). Plans were finalised for the redevelopment of Sambell Lodge, the Brotherhood's residential aged care facility [12]    



Refugees and settlement


The Brotherhood’s Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers assisted 415 refugees to improve their skills, find work and contribute to the community [13]


The Brotherhood’s Given the Chance at ANZ program worked with refugees to place them in jobs at the ANZ Bank, the ANZ Bank committed to expand the program to a national level.  


The Brotherhood’s other programs for refugees include the Refugee Action Program (RAP), developing the skills of leaders from emerging communities, Brain Bank, matching skilled volunteers as mentors with refugee and migrant individuals and communities (Brain Bank was expanded to cover the Whittlesea and Hume local government areas.), Resource and the Employment Pathways for Young Asylum Seekers programs, assisting young people to plan pathways to training and employment and the Stepping stones to Small Business program, providing training to entrepreneurial refugee and migrant women [14]



Research and policy


The Research and Policy Centre, assembled its research work around six themes. 


Poverty, disadvantage and inequality, which included ongoing work on the Social Exclusion Monitor, refining how to measure poverty inline Henderson poverty line and publishing a paper on childcare and cognitive development of indigenous children [15].


Inclusive education, which included collaboration with other researchers on the ways socioeconomic disadvantages affects learning and research on the relationship between disadvantage and executive functions such as working memory and cognitive flexibility [16] .


Inclusive ageing, which included commencing research on the aged care choices available to older people from disadvantaged groups and continuing the program of social research on dementia [17]


Inclusive communities, which included commencing an evaluation of the implementation by the Brotherhood of the LAC service for the NDIS, contributing to inquiries into the NDIS and publishing an interim evaluation of the Education Youth Foyers [18].   


Work and economic security, which included co hosting a one-day workshop on the gig economy and another one day workshop on the challenges asylum seeks face in the labour market, continuing research on challenges faced by older job seekers and research on youth labour market participation [19].   


Equity, energy and climate change, which included a major project on key issues with access to affordable, clean energy for low income households and recommendations for reforms to this access to inquiries [20]  


Brotherhood enterprises


The Brotherhood operated 20 community stores across Melbourne and Geelong. On average some 30, 000 peple visited these stores each week [21].


Young People 


The Brotherhood's Transition to Work program assisted disadvantaged and unemployed young people to make the shift from school to the workforce. With support from Adshell company, the Job Seeker Not Dole Bludger campaign was launched [22]


Publications and presentations


The Hope anthology of short stories from the winners of the Brotherhood's Hope Prize was published by Simon & Schuster. The Judges of the Hope Prize were Cate Blanchett, Kate Grenville and Quentin Bryce [23]




  1. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.10
  2. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.10
  3. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.18
  4. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.22
  5. BSL Annual Report 2017 p.9
  6. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.24
  7. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.24
  8. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.22
  9. BSL 2017 Annual Report pp.9, 17
  10. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.26
  11. BSL 2017 Annual Report 2017 p.8
  12. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.16
  13. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.20
  14. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.20
  15. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.28
  16. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.31
  17. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.31
  18. BSL 2017 Annual Report p 28
  19. BSL 2017 Annual Report pp.29
  20. BSL 2017 Annual Report pp.9,30
  21. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.32
  22. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.8
  23. BSL 2017 Annual Report p.8

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