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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.

Every student succeeding—State Schools Strategy is Queensland's plan to lift the performance of each state school student, teacher and principal.


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.

Diversity and equity

Your workplace will include individuals from different backgrounds, with different experiences and capabilities.

The department aims to:

  • engage a workforce that reflects the diversity of the Queensland community
  • engender respect for individual differences and see this reflected in the way we work and treat each other.

Your workplace should be welcoming, supportive, productive and free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

New employees are asked to complete an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) census form. The information gathered enables the implementation of fair and equitable initiatives including equal access to recruitment, training and career opportunities for all.

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 12 July 2021