School Business Community Partnership Brokers

Learn about Partnership Brokers


For the past five years The Smith Family has been a facilitating partner in the Australian Government’s School Business Community Partnership Broker Program in six regions across Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.  The aim of the program has been to improve education outcomes with a focus on supporting young people to remain engaged with education and make a successful transition beyond school.

The work of the Partnership Broker teams has resulted in some extraordinary partnerships across a wide range of sectors making a difference to the lives of young people in their communities.  The work has engaged stakeholders across education and training, business, industry, government at all levels, the community sector, as well as some vital work with parents. More than 700 partnerships were brokered over the course of the program, and more than a forty percent of these are now entirely self-sustaining.

Funding for the Program ended on 31st December 2014 so this webpage has been developed as a legacy and as a resource for staff and stakeholders to access so that the work can continue to make a difference for young people.

Watch the following videos to learn more about the Partnership Brokers and the outcomes of their work:

  1. The Smith Family Partnership Brokers - Student Reflections
  2. The Smith Family Partnership Brokers - Early Learning Initiatives
  3. Partnership Brokers - Our Working Model

Watch how the efforts of The Smith Family Partnership Brokers produced better career and transition outcomes for young people through quality school business community partnerships.

Region Highlights – Case Studies


  1. Growing Young Women
  2. Karama Primary School Partnership
  3. Millner Primary School Partnership
  4. Partners Engaging Gray School
  5. Power and Water Corporation and The Smith Family
  6. Sanderson Middle School Partnership
  7. Support and Advocacy for Girls Education (SAGE)

Brisbane North and West

  1. Able Care Health Industry Traineeships
  2. AdSpace
  3. Aspiring Towards Construction
  4. Brisbane Youth Education & Training Centre (BYETC) Parents & Citizens Association
  5. Environment Careers & Opportunities Expo (ECO Expo)
  6. Exploring Careers in the Health Care Industry
  7. Family Owned Schools Initiative (FOSI)
  8. Health Sciences Industry Tour
  9. Hospitality Industry Mentoring - Everton Park SHS & Rydges
  10. Inala Refugee Homework Club
  11. Inspiration to aspiration - careers in community service
  12. Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge JSSCC - Brisbane North
  13. Laboratory and Biological Industry Skills (LABIS)
  14. McDonald's Work Inspiration Program (Video)
  15. McDonald's Work Inspiration
  16. Milpera State High School Industry Education Program (Video)
  17. Mulbeam Madness 2013
  18. Project Moonlight
  19. Sandgate Primary Transitions
  20. Supporting Young People's 'Balance'
  21. Teacher Resources for Graphics
  22. Walk - Environ - Art Initiative
  23. Yamaha Student Grand Prix and Work inspiration


Brisbane South East and Redlands

  1. Aspergers and Autism Collboration Table
  2. Aspergers & Autism Collaboration Table Movie
  3. Brisbane South Junior Secondary School Culinary Challenge Steering Group
  4. Brisbane South Youth Interagency Network
  5. Calamvale Birth to 4 Hub
  6. Career Hunter
  7. Cross Regional Hospitality Teachers and Trainers Industry Network (HTTiN)
  8. Early Years partnerships Brisbane SE & Redlands DVD
  9. Footprint to Your Future
  10. Future Dreams Junior Career Day
  11. Holland Park Reading Bug Egg
  12. Industry Facts & Job Pathways 2012 (CD Resource)
  13. Lawyers In Schools
  14. Manly West Birth to Prep Forum
  15. Manly West Reading Bug
  16. Microsoft Work Inspiration
  17. Microsoft Work Inspiration DVD
  18. North Stradbroke Island Youth Forum
  19. RedlandsYouth Crisis Accommodation & Support Reference Group
  20. Wildstars
  21. Work-inspiration
  22. World of Work - Holland Park
  23. Worlds of Work
  24. Yamaha Student Technicians Grand Prix
  25. Youth Mental Health Collaboration Table


Gold Coast

  1. Gold Coast Careers Network
  2. Benowa State School Science Partnership
  3. Classic Holidays – youth Connections Work Inspiration
  4. Creative Industries - Gold Coast
  5. Engagement Flexible Learning & Social Inclusion - The Annex
  6. Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge
  7. Ormeau Industry Initiative
  8. Palm Beach Youth Music Venture
  9. Stockland Work Inspiration
  10. SWELL - Student Wellbeing & e-Learning Lounge
  11. Write into Art


Darling Downs

  1. Bringing Employers and Schools Together - Southern Downs
  2. Bringing Employers and Schools Together - Toowoomba
  3. Careers in Action
  4. Combined Schools Career Exploration Strategy
  5. Dalby State High Creek Bed Program
  6. Dalby Financial Literacy Partnership
  7. DARE Student Mentoring Program
  8. Deadly Diabetes Need for Feed Indigenous Program
  9. Indigenous Toowoomba PaCE
  10. Killarney Early Years Initiative
  11. Killarney State School Youth Resilience Ambassadors Partnership
  12. Millmerran Multicultural Migrant Initiative
  13. Need for Feed Program - Southern Downs
  14. Need for Feed Program - Toowoomba
  15. P-10 Cluster Careers Strategy
  16. Regional Response to Funding Cuts on the Southern Downs
  17. Southern Downs Flexible Learning Hub - Educational and Training Reference Group
  18. Southern Downs Youth Provider Networking Forum
  19. TASCA - Toowoomba Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Sporting Complex Association
  20. Tradeability Science and Engineering Strategy
  21. Welcome To The World Of Work
  22. Youth Reference Group - Regional QLD


  1. ANZ Young Entrepreneurs
  2. City Farm Development Project
  3. Demolition Derby
  4. Equal Playing Field
  5. Learning 4 Life
  6. Schoolthefarm
  7. Shoalhaven Student Pathways Pass
  8. Shoalhaven Teacher Industry Tour
  9. Ulladulla Community partnership

McDonald's Work Inspiration Program

For More Information Contact

Mandy Breese,
Community Development Manager, QLD

Ph:  (07) 3115 6232
Mob: 0403 060 669

Address: 38 Hope Street, South Brisbane

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