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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

206,836 received support
Last year, 206,836 disadvantaged children and their families received support through Smith Family programs.
49,735 students sponsored
Last year, we supported 49,735 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

The extent to which COVID-19 may have increased the number of Australian children and young people living in poverty is unknown at this stage, but many fear it will be deep and long lasting.
29 Apr 2020
Suncorp has donated $1 million to The Smith Family to combat the growing digital divide being faced by vulnerable school students and families as a result of COVID-19.
12 Apr 2020
More than half of Australians report seeing children and families affected by poverty in their local area, according to a new survey commissioned by The Smith Family.
21 Jan 2020

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