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Children & Families

Napier Street Cottage renamed The Cottage – Centre for Families and Children to reflect the change of focus from long-day child care to engaging and supporting isolated families, and introducing new ways of assessing the needs of children where there was a concern about a child’s development or behaviour.  [1]


Community Issues

Following the August 1996 Federal Budget announcement of the demise of the Commonwealth Dental Health Program, the BSL in conjunction with many other community service providers and dental organisations launched the Bite Back campaign with the aim of restoring the program. [2] BiteBack_Campaign_Leaflet_1996-9.pdf  BiteBack_Campaign_Update_1996-10-29.pdf


The Changing Pressures project commenced, monitoring the changing pressures on a panel of people on low incomes and encouraging and supporting the participants in the project to speak publicly on these issues.  The first issue (March) included an outline of the project and direct quotes from those interviewed. [3]  Changing Pressures No 1 March 1996 optimised.pdf

(For a history of the project see Panel_Project_&_Changing_Pressures_Project_History.pdf )


Frankston Material Aid conducted the first survey on education costs, while distributing basic information on Education Maintenance Allowance, Austudy and Voluntary School Fees.  Results of the survey were published in Brotherhood Comment (January-April).  Additional consultation as part of the BSL's Changing Pressures Project resulted in BSL Changing Pressures Bulletin No.2: State Schools - costs and dilemmas. [4]BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996.pdf  Schooling_Costs_in_BSL_Comment_1996-4.pdf Changing_Pressures_2_StateSchools_1996-11.pdf


The Prevention of Youth Homelessness Project produced a draft manual on domestic violence and parenting, handing it over to the Women’s Resource Information Support & Counselling Service, Ballarat [5]


Alison McClelland, Director of Social Policy & Research, undertook a 3-week study tour of South-East Asia (Thailand, Indonesia & the Philippines), incorporating the international conference of the International Council on Social Welfare in Hong Kong. The trip "was prompted by the concern by the BSL that internationalisation, or globalisation, was having an impact on the perceived capacity of governments in Australia to respond to poverty and inequality". [6]  McClelland_Asian_Study_Tour_Report_Draft_1996.pdf


Employment & Training

In addition to its regular programs, the Fitzroy Employment Action Centre provided the Options Now pre-vocational program preparing very long-term unemployed people for participation in the workforce by providing personal development, job-seeking skills, career exploration and support in gaining employment placements. [7]


Frankston Furniture Works, a work experience and training program in making and repairing furniture for people unemployed for 18 months or more was launched on 16 May 1996.  It began as a six-month project funded by the Federal Government's New Work Opportunities Program and supported by a local advisory group.  New and refurbished furniture was distributed at material aid outlets and sold through various retail outlets.  The project also developed and produced a range of new items including children’s furniture and toys and it was anticipated that sale of these through retail outlets might make the project self-sustaining. Later cancellation of labour market programs by the Federal government affected the program's capacity to take on more people and presented considerable challenges in the ongoing development of a sustainable enterprise.  [8]


UK Minister for Employment visited BSL (April)


Launch in April at the Old Butter Factory Gallery, Clunes, of the Clunes Community Regeneration Project, a new Brotherhood initiative extending the Provincial Communities Enterprise Project (PCEP - assisting unemployed adults who want to become self-employed). The project’s facilitator, Teresa Arnold, was to work with the Clunes community "to better understand rural poverty and explore ways in which the township can be regenerated and foundations laid for the community's economic and social development".  Funding came from the Hugh Williamson Foundation.  [9]


Father Tucker's - the Brotherhood's in-house catering unit - embarked on The Christmas Pudding Quest, an attempt to find the best recipe for a traditional Christmas pudding that could be made by the unit's young trainees and sold to raise funds.  Readers of Brotherhood Action were invited to send in their recipes. [10]


Father Tucker's Canteen re-opened for business in May at 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, implementing the program model for which Federal funds had been sought by the Employment Action Centre (even though the Federal Government had frozen all monies from the Department of Education, Employment, Training & Youth Affairs – DEETYA – until the August Federal Budget).  In August the Federal Budget saw a substantial withdrawal of funds for Labour Market Programs.  From October the canteen remained open but with reduced hours and not as a training program.  [11]


(For a 1996 overview of the BSL's Employment & Training programs see Overview_BSL_Employment_&_Training_programs_Nov_1996.pdf )


Fundraising & Resources

Funds from the launch of Reflections on Marriage, a book by Hazel Hawke (formerly married to ex-Prime Minister Bob Hawke) went to the Brotherhood's Family Support Counselling programs. [12]  (For a brief biography of Hazel Hawke see http://john.curtin.edu.au/hawkeh/about_hh.html )


Fundraising events included:

  • A second major raffle of house and land  in conjunction with the Victorian Red Cross and the Arthritis Foundation raised a record total of nearly $800,000 for the three organisations.  The land at Gresswell Grange in Bundoora had been donated by the Urban Land Authority
  • A preview performance of The Secret Garden, the summer musical at the Victorian Arts Centre, was a sell-out event with 1,300 supporters attending - the overflow numbers attended the matinee the following day.
  • The third Brotherhood annual wine offer  [13]
  • The Brotherhood's 20th major car raffle [14]
  • Merchandising campaigns raised $48,423
  • Cut price tickets were made available for performances by the Malvern Symphony Orchestra at the Melbourne Town Hall [15]


The former Donated Goods and Retail arms of the Brotherhood were integrated into the Commercial Enterprises Department, with restructuring including a separation of the collection activities and the clothing processing operations. [16]


The Brotherhood operated 16 community shops in the greater Melbourne Metropolitan area, including a new shop at Campbellfield.  The Peninsula region managed 6 shops.  The Ballarat shop was transferred to the Ballarat Council of Churches and five Geelong shops to the newly-created St Laurence Community Services (Barwon) Inc. [17]

Boomerang Wear Community shop opening at 302 Keilor Rd, Niddrie.[18]


Tintern Girls Grammar School installed a Brotherhood Bin and invited the BSL’s Education Coordinator, Basil Varghese,  to address the school.   Part of a school community services project, this was the initiative of the School Captain, Genevieve Wilson.


"Food for Thought", the Christmas Book Appeal  begun by the University of Melbourne Bookroom in 1995, expanded to include campus bookshops at Monash, La Trobe, RMIT, Swinburne, VUTC and Deakin universities [19]


Schools, colleges and the Sunday Herald Sun were keen supporters of the Christmas Toy and Winter Blanket Appeals.  Myer, Grace Brothers stores, Kmarts through the Christmas Wishing Tree, and a number of factory and office staff social clubs, were very generous in providing many thousands of toys, gifts and vouchers for distribution at Christmas by Material Aid outlets. [20]


Wearable Clothing for Welfare campaign, a joint project with Rotary Club District 9800 (covering clubs in Melbourne and Central Victoria) resulted in clothing collections to the value of some $90,000 through 66 clubs. [21]




The Melbourne Junior Chamber of Commerce successfully organised the collection of good quality clothing from people working at 101 Collins Street, Melbourne, using the slogan "Undressing for the Brotherhood". [22]


Material & Financial support

Fitzroy Material Aid Service used by approximately 10,905 people in 1995-1996  [23]


Peninsula Material Aid supported 11,195 people in 1995-1996 (1,225 first-time users) [24]  Material_Aid_Frankston_1991-2-26.pdf


Whittlesea Material Aid provided direct assistance to 5,255 people in 1995-1996 [25]


Whittlesea Emergency Relief assisted 1,388 people financially, distributing $60,000 of which $23,000 was from the Commonwealth Emergency Relief Program  , gave material aid to 3,530 people and approved 45 new NILS (No Interest Loans Scheme) loans in 1995-1996 [26] BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996_Appx-Data.pdf


Craigieburn Emergency Financial Relief, run by Craigieburn Family Services in a roster with the Craigieburn Community Health Centre, had $6,600 for distribution in 1995-1996, assisted 214 people in 1995-1996 and approved 14 NILS loans. [27]


Fitzroy Material Aid Service increased its information and referral capacity through expanding and developing a computer-based information service to meet the face-to-face and telephone requests for services other than material aid [28]


Older People

The BSL's Carinya Nursing Home in Box Hill was transferred to the (then) Anglican Homes for the Elderly on 23 February 1996 in line with Board agreement with the recommendation in the Directions 2000 report [29]

Official opening 21st August 1996 of the new extension at Banksia Centre, Inglis Ave in Frankson. Frankston community contributed time and labour. The extensions included a a large multi-purpose room for social activities, meetings and overnight accommodation, and additional verandah space.[30]


Organisational aspects (BSL)

OrgChart_BSL_1996_post-Barwon-divestment.pdf      OrgChart_BSL1996-8.pdf  OrgChart_BSL_Community_Services_1996-9.pdf


Paper entitled Regionalism & the Brotherhood of St Laurence (discussing service planning & delivery) written by John Wise, General Manager, BSL Metropolitan Region (January) [31]Wise_John_Regionalism_&_the_BSL_1996-1-16.pdf


Team Brief strategy introduced for improved communication to staff and volunteers about key organisational decisions and activities, in conjunction with a 'Local Brief' (information about the division or the particular team's responsibilities) (March 1996)


The Brotherhood's staff development program continued in 1995-1996.  Further training in the Quality of Life program aimed at helping staff to care more appropriately for people with dementia.  The philosophy and practice of ongoing staff development for the benefit of service users, staff, volunteers and the organisation faced a difficult time with restrictions on government funding making little, if any, provision for staff training and the essential staff replacement costs. [32]


St Laurence Community Services (Barwon) Inc. was established as an independent agency from 1 July 1996 with all of the former services and staff of the BSL's Barwon region and with Graeme Bound continuing as the CEO.  The Brotherhood continued to be represented on the Board of Management for five years. [33]  StLaurence_Community_Services_Barwon_beginning_in_Action_Spring1996.pdf  BSL_&_divestment_StLaurenceCommunityServices_1996.pdf


Social Action & Research conducted evaluation of two service areas:

  • Case management evaluation - designed to assist services in the design and delivery of case management in the Brotherhood and to provide information for policy development in relation to case management
  • Income support project - designed to contribute to future service directions in material aid, emergency financial relief and the no interest loans scheme and to strengthen advocacy work about income support needs of people on low incomes [34]


The Community Services Directorate was created in September to integrate all Brotherhood services, resulting in a more collaborative relationship with Social Action & Research  [35]


Informal discussion between the BSL and Community Aid Abroad in relation to forming a strategic alliance in areas of advocacy, fundraising and some programs [36] CAA-BSL_Informal_Proposal_1996-12-17.pdf


Implementation of the Landmark accounting system was completed, significantly improving financial and management reporting and the accountability of cost centre managers [37]


As the last function to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the G.K. Tucker Settlement at Carrum Downs, and the commencement of the work of the Brotherhood on the Mornington Peninsula, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE launched a commemorative issue of Settlement News.  The publication G.K. Tucker Settlement : an historical record 1935-1995 : 60 years with the Brotherhood of St Laurence at Carrum Downs was compiled by Ben Bennett, a Settlement resident. [38]



Volunteers and some of the programs to which they contributed their time and effort were featured in the Autumn issue of Brotherhood Action. [39]  Volunteers_in_Action_Autumn1996.pdf


People with disabilities

Linkages program in the Peninsula region expanded to include people under 55 years of age with a disability.  Complementing the Linkages program, the Community Aged Care Packages program provided support to older people from non-English speaking backgrounds who needed assistance to stay at home but had less complex needs.  [40]


Presentations & Publications

Address of the Executive Director to the BSL's Annual General Meeting  Challen_to_AGM_1996.pdf


The Making it Work conference, , a national summit jointly convened with the Commission for the Future of Work (an initiative of ACOSS - the Australian Council of Social Service), was held in Sydney, marking the completion of the Brotherhood’s Future of Work project (May) [41]


New BSL Logo was launched in Brotherhood Week and was featured on street banners, brochures and other publicity material.   [42]   BSL_Logo_1996-7-26.pdf  New_BSL_Logo_in_Action_Spring1996.pdf


Various BSL services on the Peninsula were featured in the Winter edition of Brotherhood Action, including the Preschool Program, Material Aid, Cox/Collins Court, Frankston Furniture Works, the Banksia Centre and the BSL’s Just for Kids clothing store.  [43]  Focus_on_the_Peninsula_in_Action_Winter1996.pdf


The 1996 Brotherhood Week was launched in the Bourke Street Mall on 12 August with an information tent, the Victoria Police Showband and the release of 600 helium balloons.  Banners with the message "POVERTY" were erected on the poles in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy taking up the theme of the UN Year introducing the decade to eradicate poverty.  To close the Week, the 15th Sambell Oration: Poor Laws of 1834 and 1996 was delivered by Hugh Stretton at the State Film Theatre.  [44]  Brotherhood_Week_in_Bourke_St_Mall_in_Action_Spring1996.pdf



BSL website established by the Brotherhood library staff and VICNET with the domain name of <www.vicnet.net.au/~bstl> [45]


Publications included:


Various achievements of the BSL in 1996 were featured in Brotherhood Action Summer 1997. [49]  1996_at_the_Brotherhood_in_Action_Summer1997.pdf


Young people

The Barwon Community Development unit was involved in supporting a variety of projects including the opening of Smythe Place Youth Accommodation House in Geelong (providing housing for up to 17 low income and/or homeless tertiary students), and community action in preventing gambling venues being established in shopping centres.  [50]


Numbers attending the Fitzroy Homework program increased with Year 7 and 8 students and individual programs were established for students requiring specialist tutoring.  [51] Homework_Program_Historical_data_1990-2007.pdf


The Prevention of Youth Homelessness Project conducted an eight-day cultural camp for 12-17 year-old Kooris and one-to-one support of several 11-14-year-old Koori boys at risk of early school leaving and/or homelessness  [52]


To mark the end of the fieldwork phase of the Brotherhood's Prevention of Youth Homelessness Project (PYHP) a special presentation took place in Ballarat.  Representatives were present from the funding bodies for the project: Peter Chew from the Queen's Trust; Michael Liffman, Arnold Hancock, Baileau Myer and Rupert Myer from the Sidney Myer Fund; and Mark Grant from the Department of Human Services' Grampians Region.  They met with project workers John Perham, lan Rye, Suzanne Hopkins, Vincent Sully and Mandy Charman who had been working with students at Ballarat College to pilot an innovative in-class program to deal with issues of conflict resolution and violence.  Two major projects had been undertaken at the College.  The first was the Alternate Behaviours to Violence project involving students in topics such as sports and violence; alcohol and violence; family conflict and school yard bullying.  The second was a peer mediation project that increased the awareness of good conflict management and resolution skills to help develop mechanisms within the school to enable students to resolve disputes within the school system.  Following this phase, a small team of three people remained in Ballarat to "pull together the lessons from the project and make sure decision makers hear about them before the project winds up altogether in June 1997".   (October-November) [53]     PYHP_Ballarat_Presentation_1996-10-8.pdf   PYHP_Brotherhood_Comment_1997-12.pdf

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  1. "Happy kids", Brotherhood Action Spring 1997 p.3 (no numbering); BSL Annual Report 1997 p.6
  2. BSL Annual Report 1997 p.11. See [BiteBack_Campaign_Leaflet_1996-9.pdf] and [BiteBack_Campaign_Update_1996-10-29.pdf]
  3. Brotherhood Action Autumn 1996 p.2 (no numbering); BSL Annual Report 1996 p.33
  4. BSL Internal Working Paper No.2, "Overview and History of Income Supplementation services in the Brotherhood of St Laurence (1972-1996)", p.17 [BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996.pdf]. See also "Schooling Costs" in Brotherhood Comment April 1996 pp.12-13 [Schooling_Costs_in_BSL_Comment_1996-4.pdf] and Changing Pressures No.2 November 1996 "State Schools - costs and dilemmas" [Changing_Pressures_2_StateSchools_1996-11.pdf]
  5. BSL Annual Report 1996 p.36
  6. Alison McClelland, "Report of Asian Study Tour July-August 1996" (BSL Library 338.95 MCC) For a copy of the draft report see [McClelland_Asian_Study_Tour_Report_Draft_1996.pdf]
  7. BSL Annual Report 1996 p.15
  8. Brotherhood Action Winter 1996 p.1; BSL Annual Report 1996 p.16 and 1997 p.18
  9. Brotherhood Action Winter 1996 p.4 (no numbering)
  10. Brotherhood Action Autumn 1996 p.2 (no numbering)
  11. Brotherhood Staff Link No.6, 21 October 1996 p.4 (no numbering)
  12. Brotherhood Action Autumn 1996 p.5 (no numbering); BSL Annual Report 1996 p.41
  13. Brotherhood Action Spring 1996 p.5 (no numbering)
  14. Brotherhood Action Summer 1997 p.5 (no numbering)
  15. Brotherhood Action Autumn 1996 p.5 (no numbering); BSL Annual Report 1996 p.40
  16. BSL Annual Report 1997 pp.2, 24
  17. BSL Annual Report 1996 pp.41-2
  18. Brotherhood Action Spring 1996
  19. Brotherhood Action Summer 1997 p.2 (no numbering); BSL Annual Report 1997 p.23
  20. Brotherhood Action Spring 1996 p.2 (no numbering); BSL Annual Report 1997 p.23. Schools included Melbourne Girls Grammar, Gardenvale Primary, Penleigh & Essendon Grammar, Geelong College and Ivanhoe Grammar.
  21. Brotherhood Action Spring 1996 p.2 (no numbering); BSL Annual Report 1997 p.24. [Wearable_Clothes_for_Welfare_Rotary_Project_1996-8.pdf] [Wearable_Clothes_for_Welfare_Rotary_Project_Speech-Notes_1996-8.pdf]
  22. Brotherhood Action Summer 1997 p.4 (no numbering)
  23. BSL Annual Report 1996 p.18 states 10,019 people. BSL Internal Working Paper No.2, "Overview and History of Income Supplementation services in the Brotherhood of St Laurence (1972-1996)", p.14 [BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996.pdf]
  24. BSL Annual Report 1996 p.18. BSL Internal Working Paper No.2, "Overview and History of Income Supplementation services in the Brotherhood of St Laurence (1972-1996)" p.17 [BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996.pdf]. See also the article "When charity stops at home Frankston", Leader 26 February 1996 [Material_Aid_Frankston_1991-2-26.pdf]
  25. BSL Annual Report 1996 p.18. BSL Internal Working Paper No.2, "Overview and History of Income Supplementation services in the Brotherhood of St Laurence (1972-1996)" p.18 [BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996.pdf]
  26. BSL Internal Working Paper No.2, "Overview and History of Income Supplementation services in the Brotherhood of St Laurence (1972-1996)" p.24 [BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996.pdf] and BSL Internal Working Paper No.2, "Overview and History of Income Supplementation services in the Brotherhood of St Laurence (1972-1996)" Appendix - Data collection and service users [BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996_Appx-Data.pdf]
  27. BSL Internal Working Paper No.2, "Overview and History of Income Supplementation services in the Brotherhood of St Laurence (1972-1996)" p.25 [BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996.pdf] and Appendix - Data collection and service users [BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996_Appx-Data.pdf]
  28. BSL Internal Working Paper No.2, "Overview and History of Income Supplementation services in the Brotherhood of St Laurence (1972-1996)" p.13 [BSL_Income_Supplementation_Services_1972-1996.pdf]
  29. Brotherhood Action Autumn 1996 p.5; BSL Annual Report 1996 p.36
  30. Brotherhood Action, Spring 1996
  31. Paper by John Wise (16 January 1996) [Wise_John_Regionalism_&_the_BSL_1996-1-16.pdf]
  32. BSL Annual Report 1996 pp.44-45
  33. Brotherhood Action Spring 1996 p.1; BSL Annual Report 1996 p.10. See also [BSL_&_divestment_StLaurenceCommunityServices_1996.pdf]
  34. BSL Annual Report 1996 p.34
  35. BSL Annual Report 1997 p.3
  36. Notes of informal meeting held with Community Aid Abroad, Tuesday 17 December 1996 [CAA-BSL_Informal_Proposal_1996-12-17.pdf]
  37. BSL Annual Report 1996 p.46
  38. Ben Bennett, "GK Tucker Settlement - An historical record 1935-1995: 60 years with the Brotherhood of St Laurence at Carrum Downs", Limited Edition (BSL Library 362.506094 GTK). Dame Elisabeth Murdoch supported the publishing project and generously sponsored its production costs. See Brotherhood Action Summer 1997 p.2 (no numbering); Brotherhood Staff Link No.10, 20 December 1996 p.1
  39. Brotherhood Action Autumn 1996 pp.3-4 (no numbering)
  40. BSL Annual Report 1996 p.28
  41. Brotherhood Action Winter 1996 p.5 (no numbering); BSL Annual Report 1996 pp.2, 36. Consultants on the "Future of Work" project were Professor Belinda Probert - role of work in people’s lives; Mary Graham - Aboriginal perspectives on work; Dr Ian Manning, Dr Roy Green, Professor Peter Sheehan - economic growth and employment; John Buchanan and Sue Bearfield - working time.
  42. Memo to staff from +Michael Challen re new BSL Logo [BSL_Logo_1996-7-26.pdf]. Brotherhood Action Spring 1996 p.4 (no numbering); BSL Annual Report 1996 p.38. [New_BSL_Logo_in_Action_Spring1996]. Assistance in the development of the logo was provided by Young & Rubicam Mattingly and Gavin Kerrison (X2 Design Pty Ltd).
  43. Brotherhood Action Winter 1996 pp.2-3 (no numbering)
  44. Brotherhood Action Spring 1996 p.3 (no numbering) [Brotherhood_Week_in_Bourke_St_Mall_in_Action_Spring1996.pdf] Hugh Stretton, "Poor laws of 1834 and 1996: the 15th Sambell Memorial Oration". (BSL Library 338.994 STR)
  45. Brotherhood Action Spring 1996 p.4
  46. BSL Annual report 1996 p.32, 37. Gill Tasker, "Moving on : Austudy and the lives of unsupported secondary students"
  47. BSL Annual Report 1996 p.33 Tim Gilley & Janet Taylor, "Unequal lives? : low income and the life chances of three-year-olds"
  48. Brotherhood Action Spring 1996 p.4 (no numbering)
  49. Brotherhood Action Summer 1997 pp.3-4 (no numbering) [1996_at_the_Brotherhood_in_Action_Summer1997.pdf]
  50. Brotherhood Action Autumn 1996 p.1; BSL Annual Report 1996 p.22
  51. BSL Annual Report 1996 p.20 For an overview of the history of the Homework program see [Homework_Program_Historical_data_1990-2007.pdf]
  52. BSL Annual Report 1996 p.37
  53. Brotherhood Staff Link No.6 21 October 1996 pp.1-2. [PYHP_Ballarat_Presentation_1996-10-8.pdf]. Brotherhood Staff Link No.10 20 December 1996 p.3 (no numbering). See also "Early intervention: keys to preventing youth homelessness" in Brotherhood Comment, December 1997, pp.8-9 [PYHP_Brotherhood_Comment_1997-12.pdf]

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