Careers at the Brotherhood

Donations Sorting Assistant

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Work type: Permanent Full-Time
Location: Southern Suburbs
Categories: Child Welfare, Youth and Family Services

We’re looking for a professional Donations/ Sorting Assistant with relevant experience who wants to join our 2,000+ team of staff and volunteers to make a difference.  Working on a full-time (38 hours per week), permanent basis, the role is based in Noble Park.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty.
For almost 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia.

We are passionate about the work we do.

We strive to create change that lasts for a more compassionate and just society - a society in which we can all fully participate in social, civic and economic life with the dignity and respect we all deserve.



The Brotherhood’s Retail business comprises more than 20 Community Stores and an online bookstore. They are a great place to purchase recycled low-cost goods. The stores help us reach out to local communities, offering clothing, furniture, white goods and other household essentials at low prices. The stores are based throughout Melbourne, Geelong and on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Donations/Sorting Assistant is primarily responsible for the initial sorting and separating of incoming donated goods.

  • Sort and separate incoming goods including removal of rubbish and hard goods, distinguishing between qualities and types of garments and separate clothing and goods into categories
  • Shift materials safely using safe manual handling methods including the use of appropriate mechanical aids
  • Support the store manager in the training of staff/volunteers in sorting incoming donations/goods in accordance with relevant guidelines/standards
  • This role may also be required to undertake general shop duties
  • Ensure high quality reputation through providing high level courteous and professional customer service, sales and merchandising  
  • Maintain a safe work environment and ensure steps are taken to prevent unsafe work practices in accordance with Brotherhood policies and procedures.


Salary will be $46,872.80 per annum plus superannuation.



Passion for supporting the mission of BSL, and delivering excellence in your role, are just the start.

To be considered for the role and be successful in it, we’re looking for someone who has the following key skills and experiences:

  • Experience in safely operating back-of-house material handling equipment eg pallet jack, walkie stacker
  • Previous experience in the sorting of recycled goods and how that activity can effectively support the retail operation would be highly regarded
  • Ability to work independently as well as effectively within a team environment
  • Physically fit in order to lift heavy objects with the ability to bend and stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to follow instructions and adhere to company policies and processes
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to liaise across all levels
  • Ability to identify problems and make appropriate recommendations
  • Understanding and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.



  • Extensive salary packaging options to reduce amount of tax you pay
  • Career development opportunities
  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Employee Assistance Program



If this looks like a role that’s right for you, APPLY NOW or contact Helen Moppert on 0428 945 729 for a confidential discussion.


Applications close: Friday, 01 July 2022 at 11:55PM

The Brotherhood of St Laurence adheres to Government mandates in relation to COVID-19.


We are an EEO and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. We recognise that everyone has the right to an equitable, safe and productive environment and to be treated with dignity and respect.  We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children. Recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics.  Applicants must have proof of working rights in Australia.


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The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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