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For over 50 years, BSL has produced a wide range of research examining how poverty impacts people’s lives at every stage.
Search below for BSL-authored reports, policy submissions, summaries, working papers, etc. dating back to 2000. For earlier publications, please see note below the search results.
This report from BSL's longitudinal Life Chances Study of children born in 1990 explores family change, current issues including schooling, and the children’s own perspectives on their lives at 11 and 12 years of age.Read report
Research report Much obliged: disadvantaged job seekers' experiences of the mutual obligation regime
A joint research project conducted by the Brotherhood of St. Laurence, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, which reveals that some Centrelink requirements actually hinder people, especially those facing multiple barriers, from finding work.Read report
Research report Who will care? The recruitment and retention of community care (aged and disability) workers
This report explores the challenge of recruiting staff to meet the needs of increasing numbers of frail older people and people with a disability who wish to remain living at home.Read report
Research report Doing business responsibly: perceptions of ethical practice and governance of Australasia’s top 100 companies
In 2002 the Brotherhood of St. Laurence was invited to participate as a research group investigating the category of Ethics and Corporate Governance for the Good Reputation Index which ranks the top 100 corporations operating in Australia.Read report
Research report The early years: Consultation with providers of early childhood services in the Melbourne municipalities of Yarra, Hume and Moreland
This document reports on Phase Two of the Early Years Project, undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in conjunction with the Centre for Community Child Health.Read report
This report draws together the findings from a background paper, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.Read report
Research report The community expects ... : Public opinion about breach penalties for unemployed people
Unemployed people who fail to comply with their activity test requirements are penalised by having their benefits reduced.Read report
Presents information from a consultation with members of the local community living in Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park, on Melbourne's northern metropolitan fringe.Read report
Note on earlier works
You may find other BSL works from 1999 and earlier, or those authored by non-BSL sources, by searching our BSL library catalogue. BSL series that are no longer published can be found here: Brotherhood Comment or the Social Policy Working Papers .
In addition to our current research topics, BSL has previously undertaken research on the following concepts. We recommend you visit our library catalogue by clicking on these keywords, cost of education ; financial inclusion ; future of work ; inclusive growth ; mutual obligation ; place-based ; refugees and asylum seekers ; and tax reform .
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Click here to read the most recent BSL Annual Reports. You may also access previous BSL Annual Reports in our library catalogue.