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 Children and families


1840 children graduated from the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in 2017 [1].


3,478 parents saved for their children's education via the Brotherhood's Saver Plus financial education program [2]


170 children and parents were supported by the Refugee Outreach Program [3]


686 children aged under 6 were supported by the Brotherhood's Early Childhood Early Intervention Service [4]


Community developments (and partnerships)  


The Brotherhood expanded its partnership with the National Disability Insurance Agency to deliver the (NDIS) National Disability Insurance Scheme's Local Area Coordination Service. The Brotherhood already assisted people in Melbourne's North. From May 2018 it assisted people in Melbourne's South East and on the Mornington Peninsula and from October in Western Melbourne [5]


Employment and Training 


In 2017 the Brotherhood began a partnership with the Foyer Foundation which promotes the concept of Education First Youth Foyers nationally. Accommodation is provided in customised residences for young people who are at risk of homelessness. Three foyers are co-located with three TAFE Institutes in Victoria and are managed by the Brotherhood in partnership with Launch Housing, Berry Street and Rural Housing Network [6].


The Brotherhood's David Scott School in South East Melbourne provides education for young people who are unable to achieve educational success in mainstream schools. In 2017, 72% of students graduated from the school, went on to further study, pathways to employment or work [7]


314 people were placed in jobs through the Brotherhood's Given the Chance program. These jobs were with 171 different employers [8].


Older People         


80,245 hours of care were provided by the Brotherhood's three social connection hubs, which help older people stay healthy and happy. The three hubs are the Coolibah Club in the inner city, Carrum Downs and Banskia in Frankston. In Frankston, the hub has extended to seven nights the respite care that it offers [9]


3250 hours of personal care services were delivered by Brotherhood Care at Home to 411 clients in their homes. The Brotherhood works with other agencies to arrange services and provides care directly through its personal care attendants. In 2018 the Brotherhood began a partnership with the Chinese Cancer and Chronic Illness Society of Victoria to support older Chinese people in their own homes [10]


Organisational Aspects 


Ms Conny Lenneberg became Executive Director of the Brotherhood from January 2018. She replaced Mr Tony Nicholson, who retired after 13 years of service [11].  


Refugees and Settlement 


The Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers program expanded substantially thanks to the generosity of a private philanthropist. 521 people were supported with 816 job placements. A cost benefit analysis by KPMG found that the investment in the program were significantly outweighed by the benefits. For government. these included increased tax revenue and reduced welfare payments and increased income for participants [12].


Research and Policy     


The 2018 Henderson Conference was held to mark 50 years after the Commission of Inquiry into Poverty led by Professor Ronald Henderson. The conference featured over 20 local and overseas speakers. It involved discussion about changes since the 1970s and current ideas about social security reform [13].


One of the Brotherhood's Research and Policy Centre's major projects was a report on Empowering disadvantaged households to access affordable clear energy. Another major project involved the challenges for mature age job seekers [14].


Young People      


1245 young people were helped by Transition to Work with coaching and skills training, 252 were placed in jobs. 


258 young people were helped by Creating Futures for Youth with training, work or a combination of these. 


199 young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds were connected to education and employment pathways by the Resource Youth program [15]


Publications and Presentations   


The Sambell Oration "Strong and smart: investing in Indigenous children" was presented by Professor Chris Sara. 


The Brotherhood continue its advocacy for an Australia free of poverty. Researchers presented at 30 conferences. 1, 917 attended the Brotherhood's school engagement programs in 2017. it is estimated the Brotherhood's youth employment campaign in print and broadcast media reached an audience of 4.6 million [16].     



  1. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.6
  2. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.6
  3. BSL 2018 Annual Report pp.6 18
  4. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.6
  5. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.14
  6. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.5
  7. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.17
  8. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.23
  9. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.12
  10. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.13
  11. BSL Annual Report pp.3 29
  12. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.4
  13. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.5
  14. BSL 2018 Annual Report pp24-25.
  15. BSL 2018 Annual Report p.7
  16. BSL 2018 Annual Report

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