The Smith Family

The Smith Family is a children’s education charity that helps disadvantaged young Australians to succeed at school, so they can create better futures for themselves.

The Smith Family is the largest Australian children’s education charity helping disadvantaged young Australians to succeed at school, so they can create better futures for themselves.

Today, one in 10 Australian children lives in a jobless family1, where even life's basics are hard to come by.  When families are experiencing financial disadvantage, children can fall behind in their learning, leaving them more vulnerable to experiencing hardship themselves later in life. 

Investing in the education of a disadvantaged child today has long-term benefits for them, their families and the communities they live in. By supporting a disadvantaged child to participate fully in their education, they can achieve better life outcomes overall.

1 Source: ABS Labour Force Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, June 2015 Data, Released August 2016

"With The Smith Family’s support, I was able to go on school camps and attend leadership seminars. Because of these opportunities, I was lucky enough to be voted by my peers to become school captain”. Juliana has been a Learning for Life student since Year 8. “A lot of my reading material, especially in Year 12, was quite expensive and The Smith Family’s support helped me to purchase the items I needed. I was able to receive my desired tertiary admission rank to get into my dream course."

Juliana, Learning for Life student