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From the Director-General

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​​Our vision for Queensland children and students, workplaces and communities is for all Queenslanders to be engaged and ready for our changing world. Achieving this starts with us.​​

In 2017-18, we lifted enrolment in early childhood education, and made significant progress closing the gap for our Indigenous students. We saw more students than ever before with a Queensland Certificate of Education or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement. We continued investing in our school infrastructure, delivering new schools and classrooms and making sure we are prepared for ​future enrolments through our School Infrastructure Enhancement initiative and the $808 million Building Future Schools program.

We know our people are our greatest asset and a happier, healthier workforce has a positive impact on student outcomes. We will continue investing in our staff, making sure our frontline is provided with opportunities for professional development focused on delivering better outcomes for Queensland. We also need to make sure our best teachers have the opportunity to stay in the classroom. Over the past year, we piloted the Highly Accomplished Teachers and Lead Teachers initiative and continued our support of the Aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leaders and Aspiring Special Education Leaders programs.

While we have made great strides lifting our department’s outcomes, there is always room for improvement. We will continue targeting literacy, supporting our rural and remote students and staff, and keeping at-risk students engaged with learning for a better future.

The Office of Industrial Relations joined us this past year and continued its work to make Queensland a fairer and safer place to work. New ground-breaking industrial manslaughter laws were introduced, we saw a 20 per cent reduction in serious work related injuries and established a mandatory labour hire provider licensing scheme to protect vulnerable workers.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff, across Education and Industrial Relations, for their hard work and ongoing commitment to making Queensland a great place to live and learn.

I look forward to working together in 2018-19 to deliver a better future for all Queenslanders.​

TONY COOK
Director-General

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Last updated
02 November 2018