Financial Stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – ABC

Extract from an article by Darragh O’Keeffe, ABC Health & Wellbeing – Refers to the work of Dr Dina Bowman & her team at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne It was a break-up with her partner four years ago that plunged Shari Rainbow into sudden financial dire straits. “Within a month, I went from owning my … [Read More] Financial Stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – ABC

Financial stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – PS News Professional

Extract from an article by Darragh O’Keeffe Darragh O’Keeffe says increasing numbers of Australians are living with immense money worries that are impacting on their physical and mental health, but it is important to know that help is available. It was a break-up with her partner four years ago that plunged Shari Rainbow into sudden financial … [Read More] Financial stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – PS News Professional

NEW: Brotherhood Update: Research & policy from the Brotherhood of St Laurence

Brotherhood Update February 2017 Welcome to the first Brotherhood Update for 2017, which features items on refugee jobseekers, aged care, young people’s education and training, energy hardship and more. RESEARCH FORUM What would enable refugees to thrive in the labour market? The experiences of humanitarian migrants seeking meaningful work in Australia were highlighted at a … [Read More] NEW: Brotherhood Update: Research & policy from the Brotherhood of St Laurence

Community sector welcomes Parliament’s opposition to social security cuts to fund the NDIS

ACOSS Media Release Major community sector organisations representing people on low incomes welcome the Parliament’s rejection of cutting $5.5 billion from social security to fund child care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); and congratulates Labor, the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team and Jacqui Lambie for continuing their opposition to these unfair cuts. The … [Read More] Community sector welcomes Parliament’s opposition to social security cuts to fund the NDIS

Homeless camp crackdown won’t fix the problem, state government’s new adviser warns – The Age

Extract from an article by Farah Tomazin Melbourne City Council’s crackdown on CBD homeless camps won’t fix the problem, and could even worsen the “already perilous” state of highly vulnerable people, according to the Andrews government’s new adviser on rough sleeping. Brotherhood of St Laurence executive director Tony Nicholson has also warned against setting national … [Read More] Homeless camp crackdown won’t fix the problem, state government’s new adviser warns – The Age

Homelessness in the News – Week beginning 13 Feb 2017

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week   BroCAP is produced by the two librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia. If you find our service useful and would like to contribute to ‘Working for an Australia Free of Poverty’, please consider a donation using … [Read More] Homelessness in the News – Week beginning 13 Feb 2017

BSL in the News: Giving Rough Sleepers A Path Towards Home – Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing

Extract Minister for Housing, Martin Foley, today announced close to $10 million of new funding to immediately rapidly rehouse 40 vulnerable rough sleepers in inner Melbourne and provide them with targeted supports to maintain their housing. Continuing the Labor Government’s biggest ever response to homelessness and rough sleeping in the state’s history, the Towards Home … [Read More] BSL in the News: Giving Rough Sleepers A Path Towards Home – Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing

Homelessness in the News – Week Beginning 30th Jan 2017

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week  Friday 3rd February Daily Telegraph – Lawyer says Vic homeless ban won’t work Thursday 2nd February The Age – Plan to ban homeless people from camping in the city The Australian – Cops and protesters clash over Melbourne homeless camp The Australian – Melbourne homeless … [Read More] Homelessness in the News – Week Beginning 30th Jan 2017

Brotherhood Research Forum: From Surviving to Thriving: Inclusive work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum – Brotherhood of St Laurence, TASA & MSEI

As global forced migration continues to grow, research into the recruitment barriers, support needs, and long-term economic contributions of humanitarian migrants has revealed insights that can inform policy and programs. Decent, secure and satisfying work is vital for achieving positive settlement outcomes for refugees and people seeking asylum. However, there is a gap in Australia … [Read More] Brotherhood Research Forum: From Surviving to Thriving: Inclusive work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum – Brotherhood of St Laurence, TASA & MSEI

Savings Scheme Helps Families Go Back to School in Digital Age – Pro Bono Australia

Extract form an article by Wendy Williams Since 2012, Saver Plus has seen a marked rise in participants using their savings on technology, rather than school books, with more than half now spending on digital devices such as a laptops or tablets. In the five years from 2012 to 2016 the number of claims for digital … [Read More] Savings Scheme Helps Families Go Back to School in Digital Age – Pro Bono Australia

The Genesis of the NDIS: Bringing Competing Agendas Together – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Rhonda Galbally The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is undoubtedly one of the biggest social policy reforms Australia has ever seen – a once-in-a-generation reform alongside Medicare and national superannuation. In delivering the Sambell Oration, I’m going to explore where we have come from to achieve this profound change and the … [Read More] The Genesis of the NDIS: Bringing Competing Agendas Together – Pro Bono Australia

‘We Lost the House, We Lost Everything’: What dealing with financial stress looks like – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Dina Bowman, Principal Research Fellow, Work and Economic Security, Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne Honorary Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne and Marcus Banks, Senior Research Fellow, Work & Economic Security, Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence. Social policy and consumer finance researcher, School … [Read More] ‘We Lost the House, We Lost Everything’: What dealing with financial stress looks like – The Conversation

Brotherhood in the News: The Genesis of the NDIS: Bringing competing agendas together / Rhonda Galbally AO – The Sambell Oration

Extract from The Sambell Oration at the Brotherhood of St Laurence The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is undoubtedly one of the biggest social policy reforms Australia has ever seen – a once-in-a-generation reform alongside Medicare and national superannuation. In delivering the Sambell Oration this evening, I’m going to explore where we have come from … [Read More] Brotherhood in the News: The Genesis of the NDIS: Bringing competing agendas together / Rhonda Galbally AO – The Sambell Oration

Jobs creation push for Melbourne’s west – Star Weekly

Extract from an article by Sumeyya Ilanbey A long-term strategy for the creation of jobs in emerging industries in Melbourne’s west has been launched. The state government last Friday announced $80,000 to fund a strategy driven by the Melbourne’s West – Future Workforce report. Industry and Employment Minister Wade Noonan said a new regional taskforce, including … [Read More] Jobs creation push for Melbourne’s west – Star Weekly

VALE Joyce Rebeiro: Educator, activist 6-05-1942 – 12-9-2016 – The Age

Extract from the obituary written by Jan Tresize & Des Cahill The unexpected passing of Joyce Rebeiro has been widely mourned, especially in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs. She was a social justice and multicultural activist and interfaith educator based upon her deep commitment to her Catholic faith … After high school she completed her Bachelor of Commerce before gaining her first job working with destitute refugees from … [Read More] VALE Joyce Rebeiro: Educator, activist 6-05-1942 – 12-9-2016 – The Age

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