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Working with us

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About the Queensland Department of Education

The Queensland Department of Education (DoE) is responsible for delivering high quality public education services to nearly 70% of all Queensland school students. As the largest employer of school teachers in Queensland, we look after around:

  • 1,240 schools
  • 50,000 teachers
  • 543,000 students.

We’ve been proudly providing quality education services to Queenslanders for over 190 years, enjoying a long and rich history supporting local communities. Teach Queensland supports the department to attract talented teachers to our state’s public schools. We also promote a range of incentives and experiences that target high demand subject areas and priority locations.

Schools in Queensland

There are 3 types of schools in Queensland:

  • our state (public) schools
  • independent schools
  • Catholic schools.

When you apply to teach with us, you’re applying to teach in Queensland’s state school system. If you are seeking employment in non-state schools in Queensland (independent and Catholic schools) you will need to apply directly to those schools or their employing authority.

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Over 190 years of state education in Queensland*
  • 1,241 schools
  • 50,510 teachers
  • 560,922 students
  • 1 bright future

*As at Feb 2019

Queensland’s state school system

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Queensland students starting their education in Prep or 'preparatory year' are five years old by 30 June in the year they start school. Students move to secondary school in Year 7 and complete their senior phase of learning in Year 12.
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The Australian Curriculum is taught in schools and is replacing the Queensland curriculum as it becomes available. Visit the Department of Education website for more information on what curriculum is currently being implemented.

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Our schools offer a range of teaching experiences, from one teacher schools through to those with more than 2000 students. You may find yourself teaching single or multi-age classes or teaching across a cluster of schools. All our state schools are coeducational and operate in close partnership with their local communities.
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Find out more about our schools.

Queensland’s school year

The Queensland school year usually runs from late January to mid-December for 40 school weeks each year, with the rare exception of a 41-week year.

The school year is divided into 2 semesters, with 2 terms in each semester and vacation breaks for Easter, winter, spring and summer. View the Queensland state school holiday and term dates. Please note these may differ to independent or Catholic school terms.

Our inclusive school culture

We know that an inclusive culture allows us to perform better, attract and retain the teaching workforce we want and need, and deliver services that meet the needs of all students. Our ‘We All Belong’ workforce diversity and inclusion framework outlines our approach, so we can grow together as an organisation and team, valuing and embracing the different skills, knowledge and experiences we each bring to work.

We all have a role to play in making our schools one that embraces and values diversity. Because students who feel they belong, are understood, and have role models like them have the best chance of succeeding to create a Queensland for the future.

Want to work in a Queensland state school?

No two days are ever the same when you’re a teacher! It’s a varied and rewarding career that provides unique benefits and experiences – we’d love for you to join us. You can apply to work as a teacher in our state schools at any time, as our teacher recruitment pool remains open all year.

Apply to teach with us today

Why you should teach with us

Find out why Director of Senior School, Southport State High School believes people should consider teaching in a Queensland state school.

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Last updated 06 September 2019