The Smith Family is Australia's leading children's charity helping Australian children from disadvantaged backgrounds to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.

Our learning support and mentoring programs help children in need to fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future. We couldn't achieve any of this without the incredible support from supporters like you!

Investing in the education of a child in need delivers long-term benefits.

Your fundraising will support young Australians in need to participate fully in their education, so they can achieve better life outcomes overall. Our innovative, evidence-based programs provide targeted support that begins early in a child's life, helping them to attend school, to stay engaged and motivated, and to go on to further study, training, or employment.

Without this vital educational support, these children can have limited choices and opportunities in life. Investing in the education of a child from a disadvantaged background delivers long-term positive benefits for them, their family and potentially generations to come.

We work in 91 communities across Australia

Thanks to our incredible supporters and fundraisers, The Smith Family delivers our Learning for Life program across 91 communities in Australia.

These communities have higher concentrations of families living with economic disadvantage and are located across all Australian states and territories.


Received support

In 2019–20, we reached 209,128 children, young people, parents, carers and community professionals through our programs.


Student sponsored

In 2019–20, we supported 57,847 Australian students through our Learning for Life sponsorships. This provided them with the extra tools and resources they needed to stay at school.


Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples

In 2019–20, 12,417 students receiving a Learning for Life sponsorship identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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