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The Brotherhood of St Laurence has been a leader in delivering innovative employment programs for more than 20 years.

Given the Chance is an initiative of the Brotherhood. It has been designed to assist marginalised job seekers into work, support employers to grow and diversify their workforce, and foster social benefit and inclusion in workplace communities.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a unique approach to employment, spending time with potential employees, and also employers to learn about their business and to understand the requirements of their particular workplaces.

Recognising that employers need people who have the necessary skills for the job, and are genuinely motivated to work and succeed, the Brotherhood has worked in partnership with various employers to provide recruitment and work placement opportunities, including ANZ, Woolworths, The Department of Transport and the City of Yarra.

What we offer

  • Candidates are work-ready, each with a bank account, tax file number and work visa (if applicable).
  • We are not a Job Services Australia provider. All of our candidates choose to work and register with us.
  • Training programs ensure each candidate has the appropriate level and type of skills.
  • There is no risk to you as we can act as the candidate's employer for the first six months.
  • We help you meet your corporate social responsibility requirements.
  • You gain increased diversity in your workplace, leading to improved staff engagement and retention.

Hear from our employers

Kim O'Connor
City of Yarra Engineering Operations Manager

"The benefits really are two way. The program has helped the council fill vacancies within its ageing workforce and improve street cleaning, litter collection and graffiti-removal services."
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Latest media

Activists' long haul to cafe dreams coming true, The Age, 21 June 2015
Read about the opening of North Richmond cafe Long Street Coffee, a social enterprise employing refugees referred by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Brotherhood of St Laurence.

‘Very loyal’ productive workers: the same people we fear as refugees, The Conversation, 19 June 2015
It's been two years since the Given the Chance program that assists asylum seekers and refugees with work rights into paid work was launched. Here, Andrea Carson explains how the program has exceeded its targets.

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'It is life changing.' Hear from Eski who secured a permanent job with ANZ through our Given The Chance program.

Find out more about the work of the Brotherhood