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Brotherhood of St Laurence - Working for an Australia free of poverty Brotherhood Update - Research and policy update from the Brotherhood of St Laurence

March 2019

Parents' workforce participation and youth unemployment are two policy areas featured in this issue of Brotherhood Update. The challenges of embarking on micro-enterprise for older women and some capacity-building resources for community organisations are identified by two new research studies. 

The Brotherhood’s lunchtime seminars return, with the first addressing affordable housing on 21 March (see What’s On below).

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POLICY Parenting and participation

While the federally funded ParentsNext program is supposed to support parents of young children (particularly sole mothers) to take up employment, the Brotherhood is concerned about the unhelpful impact of features such as the compliance requirements on both parents and staff, and has urged the government to reframe the program.

What is needed is an enabling program that enhances the long-term economic security of families, underpinned by the critical safety net that Parenting Payment provides.

Submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into ParentsNext (PDF, 552 KB) _________________________

Read more about our work on Reclaiming social security

CAMPAIGN Youth unemployment across Australia

Map of worst youth unemployment hotspot in each state

Our latest data analysis updates the nation's youth unemployment ‘hotspots’, and reveals the regions where young job hunters are doing it toughest.

Read the report Smashing the avocado debate: Australia's youth unemployment hotspots (PDF, 941 KB)

Subscribe to our Youth Unemployment Monitor enewsletter

RESEARCH Not simply business as usual

Jam jar spilling coins

Money For Jam was developed by Per Capita to encourage the economic participation of older women by fostering self-confidence and helping them to establish micro-enterprises. Brotherhood researchers were commissioned to examine the pilot and its impacts, and make suggestions for program development and  advocacy.

Read the report by Seuwandi Wickramasinghe and Dina Bowman, Not simply business as usual: insights from Money For Jam  (PDF, 490 KB)

RESOURCES Capacity building online

Stylised hands filled with tiny human figures

A new online hub brings together free tools that can help community organisations build their skills in program design, planning, and monitoring and evaluation.

The Capacity Building Online Hub is one outcome of a research project to support smaller community service organisations adapting to changes in the human services sector. ____________________________

Read more in:Tendering: practical insights from community organisations (PDF, 470 KB)
and the report Too valuable to lose (PDF, 695 KB) about the value that smaller organisations can add to services.

POLICY Understanding and addressing dowry abuse

A Senate committee's recommendations to reduce the risk of dowry abuse in Australia have been welcomed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Read our Submission to the Inquiry into the practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia (PDF, 200 KB)