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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

February 2019

Welcome to the first issue of Brotherhood Update for 2019.

Energy policy, youth employment and opportunities, and employment and settlement services for people who have sought refuge in Australia are featured.

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POLICY Victorian energy market reforms welcomed

Energy market reforms announced by the Victorian Government, including a default electricity price offer and increased monitoring of competition and price margins, are likely to benefit low-income households.

Read the Brotherhood's submission to the Essential Services Commission regarding the Victorian default offer (PDF, 751 KB)

Read our media release Energy market reforms will offer welcome relief to vulnerable Victorian households

Find out more about our work on energy affordability.

CAMPAIGN Tackling the rise in part-time employment for young adults

Irregular roster

Young Australians are now far more likely to work part time than 40 years ago. Our report unpacks the latest data about the increasing percentage of youth who have part-time work and want more hours.

Read the short research report Part-time purgatory: young and underemployed in Australia (PDF, 366 KB)

You can subscribe to receive the Youth Unemployment Monitor enewsletter

RESEARCH Bridging the gap to work

Former participant in Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers

The Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers program acted as a ‘bridge’ to employment for asylum seekers, circumventing some of the constraints of their visa conditions and mainstream recruitment barriers.

Funded by a philanthropist, the program worked intensively with jobseekers and with employers in Melbourne to identify suitable job opportunities and traineeships. Our study examined the employment trajectories of the participants.

Read the report by Seuwandi Wickramasinghe, Building bridges to work (PDF, 1.5 MB)

RESEARCH Setting life goals, building networks

Youthful disc jockey

How can we support young people who have experienced a child protection or youth justice order to make a successful transition to adulthood?

In this first stage of the Skills for Independence pilot (funded by the Department of Education and Training) researchers examined the mechanisms that enabled young people to progress through the Certificate I in Developing Independence (DI). DI is being delivered in four sites across Victoria as a novel approach to increase engagement in education, job training and aspiration-building for these young people.

Read the report by Lisa Conley, Push and pull: increasing student engagement in Developing Independence (PDF, 833 KB)

POLICY Improving outcomes for humanitarian migrants

A focus on people’s needs and aspirations, stronger linkages with local communities and increased collaboration are keys to services that will enable humanitarian migrants to rebuild their lives and contribute to Australia as their new home.

Read the Brotherhood’s submission to the Independent Review into Integration, Employment and Settlement Outcomes (PDF, 1.2 MB)