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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

Landmark study released today by the Mitchell Institute at University Victoria has revealed entrenched inequality, with the education system failing to meet national goals
28 Oct 2020
In a new podcast, investigative journalist Adam Shand has taken a look at what is really happening in Australia and explores how education is playing a important role in helping break the poverty cycle.
06 Oct 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.
22 Jan 2020

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