Director-General's messages to staff Page ContentCurrent message 3 December 2019 Premier's coding challenge winners announced Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Premier's Coding Challenge. This year we had a record number of nominations in this innovative competition.Previous messages 6 November 2019Week highlights importance of anti-fraud awarenessInternationally, fraud costs approximately $3.7 trillion each year. International Fraud Awareness Week (IFAW) 2019 is held from 17 to 23 November. 21 October 2019Let’s celebrate World Teachers’ DayTeachers are the heart of learning. On World Teachers’ Day, this Friday 25 October, we thank and celebrate all of our amazing teachers across the state. 10 October 2019Work safe, learn safe and be safe for Safe Work MonthSafe Work Month encourages workplaces to commit to improving work health and safety. 20 September 2019School camp safety in fire affected areasBushfires have affected parts of our great state. These areas need our help to come back from the effects as a number of school and leadership camp facilities operate in and around the fire-impacted regions. 11 September 2019Are you in line of bushfires?Even if you don’t live near bushland, you may be affected by bushfires while you’re away or travelling. Find out how to check your postcode to see the potential for bushfires to take hold in your neighbourhood or areas you frequently travel through. 29 August 2019Queensland Mental Health Week 2019Our department is supporting Queensland Mental Health Week from 5 to 13 October, by prioritising positive mental health and wellbeing in our schools and workplaces. 30 July 2019HAT and LT information sessions and workshopsDuring Semester 2 the department is delivering web conferences and information sessions for staff considering applying for Highly Accomplished Teacher (HAT) and Lead Teacher (LT) certifications. 18 July 2019Department of Education Strategic Plan 2019–2023The Department of Education Strategic Plan 2019–2023 outlines our priorities for education and industrial relations in Queensland through 4 strategic objectives. 19 June 2019Important changes to consent procedureThe obtaining and managing student and individual consent procedure was recently updated. 4 June 2019What's appropriate when it comes to expending public resources?A summary of changes to the Appropriate and ethical use of public resources policy and Catering and hospitality procedure are now available. 21 May 2019Choral Fanfare 2019Choral Fanfare is the biennial festival of choirs from Queensland state schools. With more than 11,000 students performing at the regional festivals, second term is sure to be loud. 9 May 2019Creative Generation State Schools Onstage 2019Tickets are on sale for Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage which returns to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July 2019. 24 April 20192019 Teach Rural Career FairThe 2019 Teach Rural Career Fair will be held on Wednesday 8 May in Brisbane, and registrations are now open. 26 March 2019Campaign to #endcyberbullying launchedThe #endcyberbullying campaign was launched on the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) on 15 March. 12 March 2019Queensland state schools lead the way to address bullyingAll Queensland state schools will unite for the 2019 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) on Friday 15 March. 28 February 2019Year 12 results report for 2018 releasedI am pleased to announce the 2018 Year 12 outcomes report released by QCAA shows continued improvement in outcomes for our Year 12 cohort, which is testament to the work of our teachers and school leaders across the state. 13 February 2019Evaluation of the Independent Public Schools Initiative Report 2018 – employee mobility updateAt the end of 2018 I provided an update on the Evaluation of the Independent Public Schools Initiative Report 2018. I referred to two statewide pilots in the areas of teacher mobility and classified officer recruitment to be implemented in 2019. 29 January 2019New survey tool to be used across the departmentOur department, along with all Queensland Government agencies, must comply with legislative requirements regarding the safe collection and storage of information and data. 16 January 2019Public Services Medal nominations close 29 JanuaryNominations for the 2019 Public Service Medal are open. Email your nomination for a colleague before 25 January.