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About the department

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Educat​ion is committed to ensuring Queenslanders have the education and confidence they need to make a positive contribution to our state. We are delivering world-class education services for ​Queenslanders at every stage of their development — ​from early years to the transition into the workforce.

The Office of Industrial Relations provides services, advice and standards to keep Queenslanders safe at work, strategies for better electrical safety at work and at home, workers’ compensation regulation and policy and industrial relations frameworks and public sector bargaining.

Our values

Our aim is to be a high-performing, productive workforce that puts the people of Queensland first. Our values guide the way we do business.

Customer first

Customers first

Ideas into action

Ideas into action

Unleash potential

Unleash potential

Be courageous

Be courageous

Empower people

Empower people

Work safe, learn safe, be safe

Work safe, learn safe, be safe

Our strategic direction

Education is Queensland’s future. We are working together to improve learning outcomes for students and prepare them to take advantage of the opportunitie​s of a knowledge-based economy and contribute to Queensland’s prosperity. We want: ​​​

Our performance towards meeting our strategic objectives and outcomes for the 2017-18 financial year is detailed at the end of each chapter through our key performance indicators.

Our services

With over 1 million students and children, 17,000 school buildings, 1,240 state schools, 2,900 early years service providers and our regional offices, the Department of Education is working across Queensland to improve educational outcomes and workplace safety.

The department's central office is located at Education House, 30 Mary Street, Brisbane QLD 4000. Our regional offices are found in each of our seven regions.

The Office of Industrial Relations central office is located at 1 William Street, Brisbane QLD 4000. Our Industrial Relations staff work across the regions, with offices in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay, South East Queensland, South West Queensland, Central and North Queensland.


Our contribution to government objectives

As a result of Machinery of Government changes that came into effect on 13 December 2017, the former Department of Education and Training was renamed the Department of Education.

Our service delivery areas reflect early years, schooling, and industrial relations including, workplace health and safety.

  • Early childhood education and care
  • School education
  • Training and skills (1 July 2017 — 12 December 2017)
  • Industrial relations (13 December 2017 — 30 June 2018)

We are focused on preparing Queenslanders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully participate in the community and Queensland's economy.

The delivery of services provided by the Department of Education across Queensland support the Queensland Government's objectives for the community of:

  • creating jobs and a diverse economy
  • delivering quality frontline services
  • building safe, caring and connected communities.

Our operating environment

The department has statutory obligations with which to comply. As well as administering various Acts of Parliament Appendix D – Our legislation (PDF, 141KB), there are statutory obligations imposed on the agency such as compliance with the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009.

The department has a particular focus on developing skills for a knowledge-based economy, promoting access to quality learning experiences, improving the quality of teaching and preparing students for post-school qualifications.

The department's operations also include a range of significant initiatives as part of the government election commitments. The department's income and controlled expenses are reported in the Chief Finance Officer and financial statements sections of this report.

Looking forward 2018-2022

In July 2018, the department announced its strategic vision for the next four years, continuing our commitment to preparing our students for a changing world and ensuring Queensland workplaces are safe and productive.

We will give all children a great start, help students engage with and create their future, make sure our workplaces are safe, fair and productive, and deliver responsive services through capable and confident staff.

Our Future State is a clear plan to advance Queensland into the future. With over 5 million people now calling Queensland home, we are focused on taking on our greatest challenges now.

The Queensland Government’s objectives for the community are set out in Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s Priorities.

The department will contribute to the objectives:

  • create jobs in a strong economy
  • give all our children a great start
  • keep Queenslanders healthy
  • keep communities safe
  • be a responsive government.

The department is working with Queensland Health to lead the give all our children a great start objective. Nothing is more important than doing our best to ensure the next generation of Queenslanders are healthy, resilient and ready to be productive members of society. Our priorities include:

  • increasing the number of babies born healthier
  • increasing childhood immunisation rates
  • improving wellbeing prior to school.
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Last updated
02 November 2018