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About the department

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The Department of Education is committed to ensuring all Queenslanders have access to the quality learning and education experiences they need for success in our changing world. We are delivering world-class education and care services for Queenslanders at every stage of their development—from the early years through to their transition into the workforce or further education.

The Office of Industrial Relations is providing contemporary regulation, advice and information to business, industry and employers. The office sets the standards for workplaces and communities to keep Queenslanders safe at work, strategies for electrical safety at work and at home, workers’ compensation regulation and policy, 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, which guide the way we do business, are the Queensland Public Service values of:

  • Customers first
  • Ideas into action
  • Unleash potential
  • Be courageous
  • Empower people
  • 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
  • every student succeeding
  • safe and fair workplaces and communities
  • capable and confident people delivering responsive services.

Our performance towards meeting our strategic objectives and outcomes for the 2019–20 financial year is detailed at the end of each chapter through our key performance indicators.

Our services

The Department of Education works across Queensland to improve educational outcomes and workplace and community safety.

In 2019–20, the department supported over one million students and children across government and non-government sectors, 1,249 state schools and our regional offices and provided funding and regulatory support to 3,139 early years service providers.

The department’s central offices are located at Education House, 30 Mary Street, 1 William Street, and 60 Albert 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, and Central and North Queensland.

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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 include:

  • 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.

Looking forward 2020–2024

In July 2020, the department announced its strategic direction for the next 4 years, continuing our commitment to giving all children a great start, engaging young people in learning, creating safe and inclusive workplaces, and building Queensland’s communities by investing in contemporary technologies and infrastructure. Across our diverse organisation, each person plays a vital role in achieving these outcomes for Queensland.

We also made a commitment to creating a stronger, fairer Queensland by respecting, protecting and promoting human rights in everything we do.

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

We contribute to all the objectives:

  • give all our children a great start—by improving wellbeing prior to school and empowering families to nurture their child’s wellbeing from before birth and through the early years
  • create jobs in a strong economy—by empowering Queenslanders to confidently transition from school to work or further education and training, and promoting the fair pay and safe working conditions that provide stability and confidence for a strong economy
  • keep Queenslanders healthy—by supporting the wellbeing and safety of all Queenslanders by building resilience for mental health and educating the community about workplace health and safety
  • keep communities safe—by strengthening engagement of young people in education helping to reduce rates of youth offending and re-offending
  • be a responsive government—by embracing technology and innovation, and building a capable workforce to deliver responsive services
  • protect the Great Barrier Reef—by reducing carbon emissions through energy-efficient and cleaner, greener technologies in schools.

Our operating environment

The department has statutory obligations it is required to comply with, detailed in the various Acts of Parliament (Appendix D (PDF, 71KB)).

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 fair workplaces and communities.

The department’s operations also include a range of significant initiatives to deliver the Queensland Government’s election commitments.

Last updated 12 November 2020