University partnerships

Our partnerships with universities and industry are vital in helping us to achieve our vision of a better future for young Australians in need by supporting their participation in education.

Our reach into disadvantaged communities and work with diverse equity groups offer opportunities for universities to work with us to deliver targeted and effective educational programs and scholarships to children and young people in need.

Schools and university partnerships

Our actions count

Our strategy

University partners

Our strategy

Our strategy is effective in achieving transformational change. We can demonstrate, through the tracking of our 42,841 Learning for Life students, that participation in our programs helps students achieve better outcomes in school attendance, higher rates of advancement from Year 10 to 12, and improved engagement in work and study after school.

We are connected to 94 communities across Australia

The Smith Family is a well known and trusted charity, with strong links into schools and communities in every State. We can help universities increase their exposure to specific equity groups, and provide opportunities for universities to develop or expand their engagement with new communities.

The Smith Family operates in 94 communities around Australia

We help link staff and students with a broader community

Financial support for Aussie kids

University students are a vital support as tutors in our Learning Clubs, and as mentors to secondary school students. Workplace giving that supports young peoples’ path to education and a better future can help improve employee engagement.

How we can work together

Partnerships with universities enable us to deliver a range of educational participation supports to children and young people in need. It means we can give young people a chance to participate in creative arts program such as SmArts that build self–confidence, or help encourage students’ aspirations for tertiary study through university campus visits.

75 per cent of supporter funds raised spent on programs

Partnership with The Smith Family can mean:

  • Opportunities for universities to expand the range and breadth of their community engagement activities within their local areas, or to access new communities

  • Opportunities for universities to increase their exposure to specific equity groups

  • Collaborative research projects in The Smith Family’s areas of interest, such as in social policy, social equity and education through our Research and Advocacy unit

  • Volunteering and engagement activities open to your students and staff through tutoring or mentoring programs, supporting fundraising campaigns such as Around the Bay, or contributing to our Christmas Toy and Book appeal

  • Most importantly, contributing to improved educational outcomes among disadvantaged young people in Australia

Our University Partners

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian National University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Curtin University
  • Deakin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Southern Cross University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Sunshine Coast
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Western Sydney
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Interested in partnering with The Smith Family?

Throughout our history, The Smith Family has relied on the business community to support our work through the provision of financial and non-financial support.

We have a dedicated team, committed to managing each of our corporate relationships.

If you have an enquiry about a partnership with The Smith Family, please contact us by filling out the enquiry form below, leave us a brief message and we'll get back to you shortly.

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