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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

179760 received support
Last year, 179,760 disadvantaged children and young people received support through Smith Family programs.
58016 students are supported
Last year, we supported 58,016 Australian students through our Learning for Life sponsorships.
94% kids improved their reading age
Last year, 94% of children in our student2student reading program improved their reading age.

Sponsoring a child delivers the best educational outcomes

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90.5% school attendance rate for primary school age Learning for Life students.
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69.2% of Learning for Life students advance from year 10 to completing year 12.
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79% of Learning for Life students engaged in employment, education or training, a year after leaving the program.

Latest News

The Smith Family launches its 2022 Back to School Appeal, calling for extra support to help thousands of young Australians in need re-engage with their education in the wake of COVID-19.
19 January 2022
During Anti-Poverty Week, Doug Taylor, Smith Family CEO, has called for a comprehensive national framework for reducing child poverty.
20 October 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 June 2021

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