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From the Director-General

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The Department of Education plays an important role in shaping Queensland's future through quality early childhood education and care, high performing schools, and safe workplaces and homes.

In 2018–19, we continued to deliver quality early childhood education and care programs and services for those living, working and learning in the most decentralised state. Our work across the state ensures that distance, language and cultural background are not barriers to children accessing early learning experiences that provide a strong foundation for their schooling.

We value the role of parents and carers as first teachers for their children and as our partners in each child's education journey.

Our focus is providing safe, diverse and inclusive learning environments for students in our state schools—where differences are valued and learning is tailored to achieve the best outcomes for all students.

We continue to build for the future, delivering new schools and renewing and expanding existing schools to cater for demand and ensure we have contemporary school facilities.

Through our Teaching Queensland's Future program, we are planning to have the right people in the right places, teaching in our schools. To make sure our workforce is also learning, we have established Centres for Learning and Wellbeing across rural and remote areas and commenced a Health and Wellbeing Strategy for principals. New and enhanced career pathways recognise the important role our classroom teachers play and encourage them to keep working in the classroom.

With fast-paced changes in technology, we work to keep our workplaces fair and productive, embracing new and diverse ways of working to drive our economy and deliver shared economic and social prosperity.

We are committed to delivering legislative reforms and regulatory improvements to the state's industrial relations, workplace health and safety, and electrical safety systems. Our new safety regulations for amusement rides and theme parks and protections for the growing commercial solar farm industry, Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and continuing Ride Ready quad bike safety campaign are ensuring Queenslanders are safe in their homes and workplaces.

As with everything we do, it would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff across Education and Industrial Relations. I look forward to working together in the coming year as we continue to support Queenslanders to engage with our changing world.

TONY COOK
Director-General

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Last updated
24 October 2019