School Business Community Partnership Brokers

Working together to support young people

The Smith Family is a Provider for the Australian Government's School Business Community Partnership Brokers Program in six regions across Australia.

The Partnership Brokers Program aims to increase the number of young people who complete Year 12 or equivalent qualifications and halve the educational attainment gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Partnership Brokers do this by assisting to create partnerships between education and training providers, parents and families, business and industry, and community groups. They also work closely with Youth Connections providers who support the needs of 'at risk' youth.

The program aims to build sustainable partnerships that provide the necessary support to improve education and successful transitions to further education, training or employment for all young people. The goal is to significantly lift the current Year 12 (or equivalent) attainment rate by 2015. This goal aligns closely with The Smith Family’s mission to create opportunities for young Australians in need by providing long-term support for their participation in education.

Partnership Brokers are keen to assist you to build or add value to local partnerships which support young people in your community. For further information please go to, download the School Business Community Partnership Brokers fact sheet or use the contact details below to get in touch.

The Smith Family Partnership Brokers have played a key role in engaging employers and schools with Work Inspiration which is making work experience more meaningful and inspiring for young Australians. Learn more about Work Inspiration and hear from four young people about their Work Inspiration experience.

Watch how the efforts of The Smith Family Partnership Brokers are producing better career and transition outcomes for young people through quality school business community partnerships.

Contact us

Julie Bell, Senior Partnership Broker Manager

Ph: (07) 3115 6232

Level 1/38 Hope Street
South Brisbane, QLD 4122

Region 01 - NT - Darwin/Tiwi
Catherine Phillips, Partnership Broker Manager

Ph: (08) 8985 6841
Fax: (08) 8985 5361

Level 1, 6 Pavonia Place
Nightcliff, NT 0814

Region 03 - QLD - Brisbane North & West
Nicole Peterman, Partnership Broker Manager

Ph:(07) 3267 2203
Fax: (07) 3256 4027

Level 1, 362 Hamilton Road
Chermside, QLD 4032

Region 04 - QLD - Brisbane South East & Redlands
Mandy Breese, Partnership Broker Manager

Ph: (07) 3267 2236
Fax: (07) 3219 2549

Unit 3, 45 Sanders Street
Upper Mount Gravatt, QLD 4122

Region 05 - QLD - Gold Coast
Carmen Auer, Partnership Broker Manager

Ph: (07) 5561 2706
Fax: (07) 5532 8239

6 Park Lane
Southport, QLD 4215

Region 09 - QLD - Darling Downs
Kevin Garvey, Partnership Broker 

Ph: (07) 4639 9600
Fax: (07) 4613 1596

Unit 2, 185 Perth Street
Toowoomba, QLD 4350

Region 14 - NSW - Illawarra
Ian Batty, Acting Partnership Broker Manager

Ph: (02) 4254 4500
Fax: (02) 4254 4555

Level 2, 65 Market Street
Wollongong NSW, 2500

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