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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

During Anti-Poverty Week, Doug Taylor, Smith Family CEO, has called for a comprehensive national framework for reducing child poverty.
20 Oct 2021
The Board of The Smith Family announced today the appointment of Doug Taylor as Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family, effective from 9 August 2021.
23 Jun 2021
"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.
11 Feb 2021

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