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  • 21 August 2017

    Dr Lisa O’Brien: My Commitment to Reconciliation

    Today, as The Smith Family launches our 2017–20 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), ...

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  • 02 June 2017

    Sponsorship has helped Zahra thrive in her education and achieve her dreams

    At 18 years old, Zahra is studying Biomedical Engineering at university with sponsorship support through The Smith Family, and has been accepted into...

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  • 14 March 2017

    Parents need to get involved to improve a child's educational outcomes

    With students having gone back to school across the country for another year, it’s a timely reminder that a child’s education is about more than what happens in the ...

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  • 09 December 2016

    Opinion: The latest trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

    Do you remember being at school and feeling overwhelmed by maths? You are not alone. Many adults and children in Australia struggle with numeracy, and yet this skill is increasi...

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  • 20 November 2017

    All some kids want for Christmas is a better new year

    With the festive season fast approaching, The Smith Family is calling on Australians to share their Christmas giving to ensure children in struggling families don’t miss o...

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  • 31 October 2017

    Volunteers needed to mentor disadvantaged students

    The Smith Family is calling for 1,500 volunteers across the country to provide online mentoring for disadvantaged students through the 2018 iTrack program.


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  • 15 October 2017

    Australians urged to help tackle poverty through education

    The Smith Family is calling on the community to support the education of disadvantaged children this Anti-Poverty Week (15-21 October).

    More than 1.1 million chil...

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  • 04 September 2017

    Leading businesses help tackle Australia's numeracy challenge

    As business and charities increasingly seek innovative ways to work together in tackling our nation’s social challenges, employees at some of Australia’s biggest com...

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  • 25 August 2017

    National women's group set to gather in Tamworth

    More than 500 women – representing almost every state of Australia – will meet in Tamworth from Friday 15 September to Sunday 17 September for the VIEW Clubs of Aust...

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  • 20 June 2017

    Joint Statement: The Business Council of Australia and The Smith Family

    The Business Council of Australia and The Smith Family:

    • Strongly endorse the principle of needs-based school funding.
    • Welcome the additional $18.6 ...

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    • 15 June 2017

      Supporting more young people to complete Year 12 will save billions

      The Counting the Costs of Lost Opportunity in Australian Education report released today by the Mitchell Institute, reveals the billions of dollars of costs to the nation result...

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  • 29 May 2017

    Landmark conference to explore parents’ impact on children’s education

    Leading minds from across the world will gather in Melbourne next week to shine a light on how parents can best engage with their children’s learning.

    From 6-8 June...

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  • 15 May 2017

    Australia's education gap: Poverty holding back our most disadvantaged kids

    The Smith Family launches Winter Appeal to raise $4.1m for children in need

    A staggering number of Australian children are growing up in poverty...

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  • 19 April 2017

    New cadetship program to open doors for disadvantaged students

    The Business Council and The Smith Family have joined forces on a new program to give young Australians from disadvantaged backgrounds the best chance to kickstart their careers...

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  • 29 March 2017

    HRH Princess Haya visits The Smith Family during Australian tour

    This week, The Smith Family had the honour of hosting Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, daughter of the late King Hussein of Jo...

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  • 16 March 2017

    Milestone achievements for students in disadvantaged communities

    Students from some of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities will celebrate milestone educational achievements this month, at a special ...

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  • 09 March 2017

    Australian industry leaders take on 100km Challenge to raise $750,000 for children in need

    Executives from some of Australia’s top companies are taking on this year’s Smith Family Challenge to help provide educational support for nearly 1,000 disadvantaged...

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  • 06 March 2017

    24,000 disadvantaged students to benefit from new funding to support their education

    The Australian government’s commitment of $48 million over four years to The Smith Family’s flagship educational support program is an investment in the future of th...

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  • 16 January 2017

    Poor Australian children need sponsors to invest in their education

    Thousands of children will start the school year without education essentials as disadvantaged families struggle with the basic costs of their child’s public schooling, ac...

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