Metropolitan region


​​​​​​The Metropolitan region is one of the more popular location choices for teachers and their families because it includes Brisbane and its surrounds, stretching from Sandgate in the north, down to Sunnybank in the south, and through to Ipswich in the west, stopping short of Laidley.


Metropolitan schools at a glance

The Metropolitan region currently has:

  • 172,218 students***
  • 15,588 teachers**
  • 182 Primary schools*
  • 48 Secondary schools*
  • 9 P-10/12 schools*
  • 17 Special schools*.​

* As at February 2022.
** As at December 2021.
*** As at August 2021.​

This region has the largest population and can be the most competitive for securing teaching roles of all our educational regions, due to its popularity. 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

This region offers all the benefits of big city living with access to rural experiences at your back door.

Metropolitan Brisbane is in the midst of major infrastructure and population growth. The area has a vibrant cultural scene and is fast becoming a thriving family-friendly community, with affordable living, attractive home and land packages, and some of the best kids parks in South East Queensland.

The new residential developments in Springfield, Ripley and Providence offer affordable acreage living with trendy dining and shopping options just down the road!

Professional development

There are a number of professional development programs that you have access to when you teach with us.

In addition, our Teacher Learning Centre (TLC) in Upper Mount Gravatt coordinates and delivers professional learning opportunities for teachers at every stage of their career, from preservice, to beginning and early career, through to school leaders.​

Priority opportunities

If you're looking for permanent work within the Metropolitan region, you'll want to consider the high growth areas, where populations are increasing and new schools​ ​are opening.

Things to do

Here are 10 places to explore within our region in your downtime:

  1. Visit a beach with city views at South Bank.
  2. Catch a game or a show. Brisbane is home to the Brisbane Broncos, the Brisbane Roar, and the Queensland Ballet, so be sure to fill your cultural and sporting event calendar.
  3. Be immersed in art at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
  4. Shop until you drop at Queen Street Mall and in Ipswich's best markets.
  5. Get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife at the Ipswich Native Centre.
  6. Ride your horse or bike, or go for a bushwalk at Flin​ders Goolman Conservation Park​.
  7. Bike, run or walk your way over 100km of adventure trails.
  8. Visit a local wildlife conservation project in action.
  9. Visit the wide variety of markets, e.g. Global Food Village markets.
  10. Take a ferry to an island getaway, North Stradbroke Island for the surfers, and Moreton Island for the snorkelers and four-wheel drive enthusiasts.

Apply to teach in Metropolitan region

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 Metropolitan region, contact our Metropolitan team at

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Last updated 05 August 2022