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Here you can find the latest Smith Family media releases and news clippings. You can also check out our regular newsletter, fast facts, our speeches and articles, plus read student and family profiles.

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  • 10 July 2014

    Young Australians from disadvantaged backgrounds behind the pack on financial literacy

    Young Australians from low income backgrounds are vulnerable to poor financial decisions and need targeted support to improve their grasp of money matters after a new internatio...

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  • 19 June 2014

    School attendance and educational outcomes of aboriginal girls at risk of neglect: new report

    Broad improvements in educational performance and school attendance among Aboriginal girls will only occur with support programs tailored to their variety of needs and interests...

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  • 29 May 2014

    Opinion: Dr Lisa O'Brien – What we need to avoid a generation of jobless youth

    The Sydney Morning Herald

    Recently I listened to a teacher from a high school in Sydney’s west tell the story of a project she’d set her class.

    From he...

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Media Releases

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  • 21 October 2014


    The Smith Family would like to congratulate all fundraising riders who took part in the Bupa Around the Bay - Ride for a Child in Need cycling event on Sunday 19 Octobe...

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  • 03 October 2014

    031014 Pedalling to empower over 2000 disadvantaged children


    There’s less than one month to go before 15,000 cyclists pedal across Melbourne in the Bup...

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  • 06 August 2014

    Australia's largest children's education charity calls for greater clarity on uni fee increases

    Australia's largest children's education charity, The Smith Family, has encouraged the Federal Government to provide greater clarity to families and young people - and particula...

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  • 29 July 2014

    RACV riding tandem with The Smith Family

    RACV has teamed up with Australia's largest children's education charity, The Smith Family to provide bicycle education and training to disadvantaged students at five Victo...

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  • 30 June 2014

    Commonwealth Bank gives generously to The Smith Family

    The Smith Family has been awarded a grant of $10,000 by Commonwealth Bank staff, as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Bank Community Grants program.

    As Australia’s larg...

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  • 27 May 2014

    The Smith Family celebrates National Reconciliation Week

    The Smith Family Celebrates National Reconciliation week

    The Smith Family is marking 2014 National Reconciliation Week by celebrating the contribution Aboriginal and Tor...

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  • 13 May 2014

    Budget doesn't pass fairness test for disadvantaged young people

    Disadvantaged young people have been ignored by a budget that “doesn’t pass the fairness test” according to The Smith Family, Australia’s largest childre...

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  • 01 May 2014

    Commonwealth must not water down key national responsibilities in education in response to Commission of Audit

    The Smith Family has called on the Federal Government not to water down its key national responsibilities in education as it weighs up its response to the Commission of Audit&rs...

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  • 29 April 2014

    Smith Family volunteer shares in students success

    For 16 years Beryl Jones has been coming into The Smith Family’s Victorian headquarters, lending a hand to help young people break the cycle of disadvantage and create bet...

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  • 07 April 2014

    The Smith Family's Collingwood Head Office Goes On The Market

    National children’s education charity, The Smith Family, is putting its Victorian head office in Collingwood on the market and is on the hunt to lease new premises.


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  • 01 April 2014

    Families' lack of access to home computer and internet a challenge for national curriculum

    The Smith Family has said a lack of access to a home computer and the internet among disadvantaged families could undermine the successful implementati...

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  • 18 March 2014

    Opinion: Dr Lisa O'Brien - The importance of school attendance

    The Australian Financial Review:

    The Prime Minister is right: all efforts to close the gap between Aborigina...

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  • 05 March 2014

    Giving the gift of time in Collingwood

    For 15 years Joan McDermid has been coming into The Smith Family’s Victorian headquarters, lending a hand to help young people break the cycle of disadvantage and create bett...

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  • 24 February 2014

    A taste of community spirit in Werribee

    Wyndham Park Primary School will officially launch its Community Canteen on Tuesday 25 February in what is an exciting new culinary initiative developed through the local Smith ...

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  • 10 February 2014

    Over 50 corporate executives take on Jervis Bay wilderness to help disadvantaged children

    More than 50 corporate executives are preparing to put their fitness to the test to conquer the Southern NSW coast and raise $350,000 for disadvantaged Australian children. ...

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  • 05 February 2014

    Back to School for young Gippsland mums

    A new program designed to provide education and childcare for teenage mums – and help prepare them to go on to further education and future employment – is set to begin...

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  • 31 January 2014

    Opinion: Reading skills of children in South Australia

    This article was first published in The Advertiser in January 2014.


    The news at the tail end of last year that a two-and-a-half-year learning gap exists ...

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  • 24 January 2014

    The real cost of public school getting beyond most disadvantaged families

    Children are being advised to avoid certain subjects because of the expense while some parents are contemplating personal loans as vulnerable families struggle with the costs of...

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  • 21 January 2014

    Gelato sales provide sweet start to school year

    Italian restaurant franchise Fasta Pasta is serving up sweet treats to help children from disadvantaged homes taste success at school this week.

    Thanks to its partnersh...

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  • 20 January 2014

    Students travel to Sydney for jazzy experience

    Seven budding Territory musicians are heading to Sydney this Sunday to take part in a week of intensive jazz master classes and improvisation workshops, thanks to the support of...

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  • 17 January 2014

    Alcoa renews commitment to supporting Kwinana kids in need

    Alcoa is proud to announce a decision to extend its partnership with The Smith Family, Australia’s largest independent education-oriented children’s charity. The par...

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  • 15 January 2014

    Opinion: Give schools more autonomy, but also the right resources

    This article was first published in The Australian in January 2014.


    Depending on who you speak to, they’re either the answer to our education woes ...

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  • 05 January 2014

    Camp Australia helping The Smith Family get kids back to school

    Camp Australia has presented The Smith Family with a donation of more than $26,000 for The Smith Family’s Back 2 School Day. 

    Over 300 schools partnered wit...

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