Central Queensland region


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.


Lauren talks about her experience living and teaching in Moranbah.


Professional development

When you teach in our Central Queensland region, you’ll have access to a number of professional development programs, including our beginning teacher conferences that are held in term 1 every year.

In addition, our Emerald Centre for Learning and Wellbeing (CLAW) supports new and experienced teachers and school leaders in 27 of the region’s schools. Catchment extends from Bluff in the east to Alpha in the west, north to Kilcummin and south to Rolleston. The CLAW can support you through mentoring and coaching, facilitating inter-agency wellbeing support, developing leadership capability and resilience building.

Our Teacher Learning Centres (TLC) in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Mackay coordinate and deliver professional learning opportunities for teachers at any stage of their career, from preservice to beginning and early career teachers through to school leaders, both online and face-to-face. If you’re a beginning teacher, they aim to visit you face-to-face within your first 6 weeks of teaching.

Apply to teach in Central Queensland

If you'd like to teach in a Queensland state school, you’ll first need to submit an application for teacher employment. You can apply at any time.

To learn more about working in any part of the Central Queensland region, contact our Central Queensland team at

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 Central Queensland region teachers' stories

Last updated 15 February 2023