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  • 24 September 2018

    By investing in a child’s education, we can break the cycle of poverty

    The Smith Family CEO Dr Lisa O’Brien reflects on the extent of child poverty in Australia and says supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in their e...

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  • 05 July 2018

    NAIDOC 2018: Making the most of your education

    Schools in remote communities need better resources but having a good education also comes down to how much you're willing to put in, writes Year 11 student Keeley Waterbury. ...

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  • 10 December 2018

    Educational achievements of young Indigenous leaders recognised

    The educational achievements of 56 of Australia’s future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders were celebrated on the weekend at The Smith Family’s (IYLP) Read more


  • 26 November 2018

    New report sheds light on young Australians and poverty

    A pioneering study exploring poverty and disadvantage through the lens of young Australians has found a significant number are missing out on items and experiences deemed essent...

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  • 14 November 2018


    This festive season, Studio 10 co-host and The Smith Family ambassador Sarah Harris is urging the community to share their Christmas giving and help young Australians i...

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  • 16 October 2018

    "Unacceptable" number of children in Poverty: The Smith Family

    Commenting on the Poverty in Australia 2018 report published today by the Aust...

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  • 02 October 2018

    Budding young artists travel to Sydney to explore creative talents and career paths

    Twelve talented young artists from regional and outer suburban communities in NSW and ACT will travel to Sydney during the October school holidays for a unique oppo...

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  • 17 September 2018

    Changing children's lives in a day - Around the Bay

    More than 10,000 cyclists from across Australia are expected to come together on 7 October 2018 for Australia's biggest bike ride – United Energy's Around the Bay...

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  • 17 September 2018

    Five amazing facts about the benefits of reading

    With Australian Reading Hour taking place on Thursday 20 September, people are being urged to pick up a book for an hour – either on their own or with their children &ndas...

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  • 11 September 2018

    Indigenous students join forces for a better education

    Indigenous students from across the country have come together at Sydney Olympic Park in NSW for ‘The Gathering’, an annual event connecting Aboriginal and Torres St...

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  • 31 July 2018

    The Smith Family's excellence in innovation recognised in 2018 AFR Most Innovative Companies List

    Today, The Smith Family was honoured to be recognised as one of Australia and New Zealand’s Most Innovative Companies. The annual Top 100 list, published by The Australian...

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  • 08 July 2018

    NAIDOC Week celebrating emerging leaders among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls

    During NAIDOC Week (8-15 July), children’s education charity The Smith Family is celebrating the educational achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls who a...

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  • 25 June 2018

    CEDA: Are disadvantaged young Australians at risk of being excluded from future jobs?

    The world of work is changing rapidly with many jobs of the future yet to be imagined. It’s a massive shift for our economy and, in particular, for our emerging workforce ...

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  • 05 June 2018

    Urgent funding needed for education support programs to help disadvantaged children stay at school

    Children’s education charity The Smith Family has launched its 2018 Winter Appeal to help thousands of disadvantaged young Australians break the cycle of poverty through v...

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  • 17 May 2018

    Volunteers helping to transform the lives of children in need through education

    It can take as little as an hour a week of someone’s time to help a child succeed at school – and for thousands of disadvantaged children ...

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  • 30 April 2018

    New Gonski report: Welcome focus on parental engagement and building evidence base to improve student outcomes

    The Smith Family, Australia’s largest children’s education charity, welcomes the focus on parental engagement and the fast-tracking of a national Unique Student Identifier ...

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  • 27 April 2018

    CEDA: New evidence to break the cycle of educational disadvantage

    Australian children from low-socioeconomic backgrounds are at risk of poor educational outcomes from their first year of school. This risk increases as they move through sc...

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  • 16 April 2018

    The Smith Family launches in Gladstone to help local children and their families

    Today The Smith Family has officially launched its Learning for Life education support program in Gladstone, Queensland.

    The Learning for Life program ...

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  • 09 April 2018

    Australian Financial Review: Time for the Unique Student Identifier

    Each year in Australia, billions of dollars and a massive effort from individuals and organisations are invested in school education. But to what end? Over the past two dec...

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  • 26 March 2018

    The Conversation: Low attendance in Year 7 may mean you are less likely to finish school

    A study of more than 30,000 students has confirmed the link between improving school attendance rates in Year 7 and the likelihood of completing high school.   

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  • 26 March 2018

    Smith Family report finds new evidence to help children at risk of leaving school early

    Groundbreaking research by children’s education charity The Smith Family has shown school attendance rates in Year 7 can predict students at risk of not completing Year 12...

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  • 28 February 2018

    Why I became a sponsor with The Smith Family

    Renowned educational researcher Dr Sue Thomson shares her personal story of supporting a disadvantaged student to thrive in their education…

    “I started as a teacher...

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  • 16 January 2018

    Back to school costs add up for low income families

    Children’s education charity The Smith Family launches its Back to School Sponsorship Appeal

    Disadvantaged Australian families are struggling to meet the costs of...

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