About Us

The Smith Family is a national, independent children's charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.

Our Values

Respect and Caring; Inclusiveness and Diversity; Collaboration and Teamwork; Innovation and Creativity; and Excellence and Professionalism.

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Message from the CEO

Dr Lisa O'Brien

Dr Lisa O’Brien, CEO, The Smith Family

Message from the CEO

With 638,000 Australian children living in jobless families1, disadvantage is a very real problem in our society. For more than 90 years, The Smith Family has been there to help children in need. 

Sadly today for many children from disadvantaged families, the lack of educational opportunities and aspirations for their future is what’s really holding them back from creating a better life for themselves.

That’s why we believe supporting a child’s education is the best way to help break the cycle of disadvantage. By giving disadvantaged children and young people the support and resources they need to achieve their full potential, our impact will have a lasting effect on those we help today, and for generations to come.

One in 10 Australian children needs our support to make the most of their education. I urge you to explore our website to learn more about this important issue, our programs, and how you can make a difference.

We are truly grateful to the many thousands of caring Australians who support the work we do for families in need. Without your generosity, our work in 96 communities across Australia simply wouldn’t be possible.

Ammy, Tuan and Tyra have been supported by The Smith Family throughout their education. Together with caring Australians, The Smith Family has helped them transform their lives and go on to succeed against the odds. These are their remarkable stories.

Growing up in The Smith Family

1Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013). Labour force status and other characteristics of families, June 2012.