Queensland Engagement and Wellbeing Survey FAQs for parents and carers


What is the Queensland Engagement and Wellbeing Survey?

The Queensland Engagement and Wellbeing (QEW) Survey is designed to measure how state school students view their wellbeing and engagement. The survey collects data from Queensland schools in a consistent and systematic way. Results from this survey will tell schools and the department about students’ levels of wellbeing and engagement. This information will allow us to better support our students and meet their needs.

The survey is open to all Queensland state schools, however, participating in the survey is voluntary.

What kind of questions will the survey ask?

The survey measures many aspects of students' wellbeing, engagement and experience at school. It includes questions about resilience, school climate, sense of belonging, motivation and perseverance, academic self-concept, personal social capabilities, general life satisfaction, future outlook and aspirations, relationships with peers, teachers and at home and general health.

Where can I find information in my language?

Letters to parent have been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Samoan, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Yumplatok.

A short video with an Auslan translation is also available.

How will taking part in this survey benefit my child's school?

Participation in the survey will give schools insight into student engagement and wellbeing from the perspective of students. Data collected from the survey responses are quickly compiled into reports for school leaders. Principals can then use this information to help them identify emerging issues, encourage identified strengths and plan for school improvement.

What does my child need to do to participate in the survey?

The survey takes approximately 30 minutes for secondary students and 45 minutes for primary students. It will be conducted online during class time.

How will my child be supported to complete the survey?

The QEW Survey can be administered flexibly. Teachers and/or support staff may give additional assistance to students who require support. If you have any concerns about your child receiving support when participating in the survey, please contact your school.

Does my child have to participate?

Participation in the QEW Survey is voluntary. Choosing not to participate will not affect your child’s education in any way.

Your child will also be asked if they would like to participate before starting the survey. They will be free to stop or withdraw at any time.

If you do not wish for your child to participate in the QEW Survey, please contact your school before Monday 31 May 2021.

Can I access my child's data?

You can contact the QEW Survey project team on to receive a copy of survey questions. However, to protect students’ confidentiality, we are unable to provide you with a copy of your child’s responses.

Will the school be able to identify my child from their responses?

All survey responses are treated confidentially. Data is stored securely by the department in line with the Information Privacy Act (2009).

Student’s answers will be de-identified. They will only be reported back to the school as part of their year levels’ results. No one at your child’s school will be able to see their individual responses.

If there are less than 5 students in your child's year level and/or school, reports will be joined with another year level or another school. This ensures students' responses cannot be identified.

What sort of analysis will be done on the survey data?

The department is interested in analysing the trends that appear in the results of the survey. This will give us a better understanding of the relationship between engagement, wellbeing and what schools are currently doing to support students.

Can all students participate in the survey?

The QEW Survey is open to all students in Year 4 to Year 12.

When will the Queensland Engagement and Wellbeing Survey happen?

In 2021, the QEW Survey will take place between the 31 May and 25 June 2021. Your child’s school will choose a date within this period that suits them best.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

If you have further questions about the QEW Survey, please contact your child's teacher or school.

You can contact the QEW Survey team by email

Last updated 28 May 2021