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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Queensland state schools deliver high-quality education to more than 70% of all school students at preparatory, primary and secondary levels.

In a school, you may be appointed to one of the following teaching or support roles:

  • principal
  • executive principal
  • deputy principal
  • head of department
  • head of curriculum
  • administrative officer
  • business services manager
  • teacher
  • teacher aide
  • schools officer
  • workplace health and safety officer
  • cleaner
  • science technician
  • computer technician
  • tuckshop convenor
  • chaplain.

Other professionals, such as registered nurses, advisory teachers, guidance officers and allied health therapists service a cluster of schools from a base school.

This page tells you a little about the Department of Education (DoE) and where you fit in the organisation.

The department regularly publishes information about Queensland state schools that you may find useful.

Strategic planning

Our Strategic Plan reflects the department's commitment to provide high quality services to Queenslanders.

Equity and Excellence​ sets a clear vision for a progressive, high performing education system.


As a state school employee you need to become familiar with the department's current initiatives. This will help you understand how your work contributes overall.

Organisational structure

The department's organisational structure illustrates the accountability of each area of the department. Regional directors and assistant regional directors have direct responsibility for school principals and their schools.


Schools are organised into seven regions across Queensland. The locations and sizes of schools and the communities they serve vary within each region. More than half the state schools in Queensland are located in rural and remote locations.

Regional staff provide inductions for some non-teaching staff. The regions also offer expertise to support school staff in:

  • finance
  • information technology
  • facilities management
  • health and safety
  • all workforce issues.

Regional maps show all schools, educational centres and regional offices within the different regions.

Inclusion and diversity

An inclusive workplace culture allows us to perform better, attract and retain the workforce we need, and deliver services that support the communities we serve. In the department, we believe that each of us, regardless of our position, has a role to play in building workplaces that embrace and value diversity.

The department's We All Belong workplace inclusion and diversity framework was launched in July 2018, outlining our approach to valuing and embracing the different skills, knowledge and experiences each of our staff brings to work. Students who feel they belong, are understood and have role models like them have the best chance of succeeding.

New employees are asked to complete ​the Workforce Diversity C​ensus​. The information provided will be used for statistical purposes only and no information identifying you personally will be disclosed to any agency or person.

Census data is critical to understanding the diversity of our workforce. It enables us to monitor and report on our progress in developing inclusive leadership and inclusive workplace cultures across our organisation.

If you have any questions about workplace inclusion and diversity in the department, please email the Inclusion and Diversity team at​.

Health and wellbeing

As part of our commitment to your health, Creating healthier workplaces is designed to help you manage your physical, mental and social wellbeing. You will find information, tools, programs and inspiration to guide you to live a full and healthy life.

Employee support

The department supports your health, safety and wellbeing in all locations. If you are injured or seriously ill, you have access to professional support and counselling to help return you to health and to the workplace.

Employee Assistance Service

The Employee Assistance Service (EAS) provides a range of supportive psychological health services to employees free of charge.

Services include:

  • short-term psychological counselling
  • post-incident intervention (critical and/or traumatic)
  • presentations
  • group work.​
Last updated 10 March 2023