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About the department

The Department of Education is committed to ensuring all Queenslanders have access to the quality learning and education experiences they need to engage with the changing world. We are delivering world-class education services for Queenslanders at every stage of their development—from the early years through schooling and on to further education and work.

Through the Office of Industrial Relations we are providing services, advice and setting the standards to keep Queenslanders safe at work and at home. We develop strategies for better electrical safety in workplaces and homes, regulate workers' compensation and deliver 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

We are Advancing Queensland's Priorities by giving all children a great start, engaging young people in learning, and creating safe and inclusive workplaces and communities. 

We want:

  • a great start for all children
  • students engaged and creating their future
  • safe, fair and productive workplaces and communities
  • capable and confident people delivering responsive services.

Our performance towards meeting our strategic objectives and outcomes for the 2018–19 financial year is detailed at the end of each chapter through our key performance indicators.

Our context

1241 state schools3000+ early years services325,000+ tech devices
518 non-state schools305,000+ children enrolled in early childhood services17,000+ buildings
833,000+ total students$21 billion + asset base
$9.3 billion total controlled operating expenses73,741 staff and 58,100 teachers and teacher aides
33,153 total number of workplace site visits conducted by Workplace Health and Safety94% frontline staff

Source: Department of Education

Our services

With over one million children and students, 17,000 school buildings, 1,241 state schools, 3,000 early years’ service providers and our regional officers, 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 Queensland, North Queensland and Far North Queensland.


Our contribution to government objectives

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

Our service delivery areas are:

  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • School Education
  • Industrial Relations

We are focused on building Queensland's future by giving all children a great start, engaging young people in learning, and creating safe and fair workplaces and communities.

This contributes to the Queensland Government's objectives for the community to:

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

Our operating environment

As well as administering various Acts of Parliament (PDF, 132KB), 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 building young people's confidence and resilience to prepare them for the future, creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and upholding the rights of Queenslanders to safe and healthy workplaces and communities.

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

Looking forward 2019 – 2023

In July 2019, the department announced its strategic vision for the next four years, continuing our commitment to connecting and engaging young people with learning and ensuring Queensland workplaces are safe, fair and inclusive.

We want to give all children a great start, ensure every student succeeds, make sure our workplaces are safe and fair, and deliver responsive services through capable and confident staff.

Our Future State: Advancing Queensland's Priorities is a clear plan to advance Queensland into the future.

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

We contribute to the objectives:

  • give all our children a great start—by improving wellbeing prior to school
  • create jobs in a strong economy—by supporting young Queenslanders to engage in education, training or work
  • keep Queenslanders healthy—by strengthening connections with parents and building schools' capability to support early intervention for students whose wellbeing is at risk
  • keep communities safe—by strengthening engagement in education of young people at risk of, or involved in the youth justice system
  • be a responsive government—by continuing to build a capable and confident workforce to deliver responsive services

We are working across government to realise 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
17 August 2020