About The Smith Family

The Smith Family is a national charity helping young Australians in need to fully participate in their education, so that they can create better futures for themselves and break the cycle of disadvantage. The Smith Family believes that education has the power to transform lives, not just minds.


In Australia today more than 605,000 children* are living in jobless families.

For these children, the effects of their family’s financial disadvantage go beyond the pressures of not having enough money for the basics; it can prevent them from accessing the same educational and life opportunities as their peers. When children are left out, they get left behind and without support the disadvantage they experience today is likely to continue into adulthood – and on to the next generation. The Smith Family believes that every child deserves a chance and that circumstances should never limit the achievement of potential.

The Learning for Life program provides long-term support for young Australians in need. This approach gives ongoing assistance to disadvantaged students so they can develop vital life skills, stay engaged in their education and have the best opportunity to break the cycle of disadvantage.

At the centre of The Smith Family’s work, and the heart of the organisation, is a belief in the power and possibilities of relationships. Through Learning for Life, The Smith Family connects students to sponsors whose support helps families afford the cost of essential school items. Learning for Life Workers work in 97 communities across Australia who link students to local learning opportunities and encourage them.

The Smith Family’s work is evidence-led and strengthened by a network of partnerships, individual sponsors, donors and volunteers. With the support of these generous Australians, The Smith Family is able to work towards its vision of a better future for young Australians in need.

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011) Labour Force Australia: Labour force status and other characteristics of families.

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