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The Smith Family

Who we are

The Problem

More than one point one million Australian children and young people live in poverty.

Today, there are more than 1.2m Australian children and young people living in poverty.

Disadvantaged students have a 19 per cent lower year twelve completion rate.

Disadvantaged students have significantly lower Year 12 completion rates.

Disadvantaged students are on average 2 to 3 years behind in reading and maths by the time they are 15 years old.

Disadvantaged students are on average 2-3 years behind in reading and maths by the time they are 15 years old.

Making a difference

209,128 received support

Last year, 209,128 disadvantaged children and their families received support through Smith Family programs.

57847 sponsored students

Last year, we supported 57,847 Australian students through our Learning for Life sponsorships.

95% of participating students improved their reading age

Last year, 96% of children in our student2student reading program improved their reading age.

Latest News

"In Breaking Poverty I was privileged to meet young people who see higher education as a means of transforming their lives and their communities." - Adam Shand, Host of the Breaking Poverty podcast.
02 Dec 2020
Over three quarters (76%) of Australians say COVID restrictions imposed during 2020 have made it harder for students, according to a new survey commissioned by The Smith Family.
14 Jan 2021
The ABC's Cassie McCullagh spoke to Company Secretary Ben Watkinson about the Christmas Appeal, the Smith Family's work and its history.
02 Dec 2020

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