Central Queensland covers the major cities of Mackay, Gladstone and Rockhampton, and covers the Central Highlands and western central towns of Emerald and Longreach. It includes rural towns in North Burnett, the Bowen Basin Coalfields, and remote outback towns as far as Birdsville, and the Queensland border.
Central Queensland schools at a glance
The Central Queensland region currently has:
- 48,327 students***
- 4,629 teachers*
- 142 Primary schools**
- 26 Secondary schools**
- 16 P-10/12 schools**
- 4 Special schools**
- 2 Schools of Distance Education**.
* As at December 2020.
** As at January 2022.
*** As at August 2021.
Distance is no barrier for our students in outback Central Queensland. We offer lessons through the
Schools of Distance Education for those unable to attend school.
You can search our
schools directory map for a list of the schools located in this region and their contact details.
Teaching and living in the region
There are many personal, professional and financial benefits you’ll discover when you teach in a rural or remote community. Not only is there a high demand for teachers in these communities, but there are also opportunities for personal growth, professional development and career progression.
With a sub-tropical climate, Central Queenslanders enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine every year. If you're looking for great weather to enjoy the great outdoors, then this region should be high on your list!
Across Central Queensland, there are abundant employment opportunities for partners or family members, affordable housing and access to excellent health, education (including universities), transport and leisure facilities.
If you accept a permanent or long-term temporary role in a location that requires you to move, we may help you with this, including reimbursement of some expenses.
In addition to your salary, you may also be eligible for additional financial benefits and in some locations, we offer subsided rent in departmental housing.
Find out more.