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Telling us when things go right or wrong helps us improve our services. If you have a compliment or customer complaint, we are keen to hear from you.
It’s great to know you had a positive experience. If someone deserves a compliment, you can let them know directly, or you can pass your compliment on to us in the following ways:
We are committed to responding to customer complaints in an accountable, transparent, timely and fair way that is compatible with human rights. We manage complaints in accordance with our
Customer complaints management framework (PDF, 1.4MB),
policy (PDF, 113KB) and
procedure (PDF, 188KB).
A customer complaint involves an expression of dissatisfaction about the service or action of the department, or its staff, when the customer is directly affected by the service or action.
For more information about what is and is not a customer complaint, see our
Customer complaints management framework (PDF, 1.4MB) and Excluded complaints factsheet (PDF, 227KB).
If your complaint is about a school matter, you can make your customer complaint at the relevant school or regional office. You can find contact information on the schools directory and regional office contact list.
You can also make a customer complaint by:
Make sure you give
clear, complete and factual information about what happened, when and where it happened and any other supporting information. Also tell us the outcome you are seeking or the action you want the department to take.
You can make a customer complaint anonymously, however, this may limit how your customer complaint can be managed and resolved.
Reasonable assistance is provided to anyone wishing to make a customer complaint. Language assistance is provided through the
Translating and Interpreting Service. For deaf and hearing impaired customers, please contact us using the
National Relay Service.
We will examine the issues raised and try to resolve the complaint. This includes checking your complaint is covered by the Customer complaints management framework (PDF, 1.4MB) considering any human rights implications raised by your complaint, and deciding if a specialist area in the department may need to manage your complaint.
We aim to respond and resolve your complaint as quickly as possible, taking into consideration the complexity and timing of your complaint. As a general guide:
For complaints involving a school or education provider, working days means school days in a school term.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome or handling of your customer complaint, you can ask for your complaint to be reviewed by the department. This is called an
internal review. For more information about the internal review process, refer to the Internal review procedure (PDF, 388KB) and information sheet (DOCX, 148KB).
Your internal review request should:
We aim to complete internal reviews within 45 working days of receiving your request. If the issue is complex this can take longer to resolve. We will keep you informed throughout the process.
If after an internal review you remain dissatisfied, you can seek an
external review, which considers whether the department's management of your complaint was fair, reasonable and proper. To seek an external review, contact the
Queensland Ombudsman or
other relevant authority, such as the Queensland Human Rights Commission (for human rights matters).
As a complainant, it is your responsibility to:
The department may not proceed with your complaint if your conduct is unreasonable.
The Department of Education values complainants’ privacy. Information is only used for the purpose of responding to the complaint. Information will not be distributed to any third parties unless authorised or required by law.