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The Smith Family

Who we are

The Problem

Today, there are more than 1.2m Australian children and young people living in poverty1.
Students experiencing disadvantage are on average 2-3 years behind in reading and maths by the time they are 15 years old.2
Students experiencing disadvantage have a 30% lower Year 12 completion rate.3

Making a difference

Last year, 162,534 disadvantaged children and young people received support through Smith Family programs.
Last year, we supported 62,822 Australian students through our Learning for Life sponsorships.
Last year, 95% of children in our student2student reading program improved their reading age.

Sponsoring a child delivers the best educational outcomes

85.7% school attendance rate for primary school age Learning for Life students.
66% of Learning for Life students advance from year 10 to completing year 12.
85% of Learning for Life students engaged in employment, education or training, two and a half years after leaving school.

Latest News

The Smith Family celebrates the unique contributions and diversity of its volunteers this National Volunteer Week.
21 May 2024
The Smith Family welcomes equity focus in 2024 Federal Budget boosting opportunities for students experiencing disadvantage.
15 May 2024
New survey shows Australians want national action on child poverty and its impact on educational outcomes.
01 May 2024
New study: More needs to be done to help disadvantaged students complete Year 12
26 March 2024

We are committed to child safety

More Stories

Talon learnt about careers he didn't even know existed.

The support James received had a life-changing impact

Roghayeh is now a budding human rights lawyer

Information about cyber security, including the incident that occurred in November 2022 and how to access support is available here.