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Department of Education

About the department

The Department of Education is committed to ensuring Queenslanders have the education and skills they need to contribute to the economic and social development of Queensland.

The department delivers world-class education and training services for people at every stage of their personal and professional development. We are also committed to ensuring our education and training systems are aligned to the state's employment, skills and economic priorities.

Boards, councils and committees

Read the minutes and outcomes of the department's boards, councils and committees.

Education history

Queensland's first school opened in 1826 with 16 pupils, the children of soldiers and convicts from the first settlement in Moreton Bay. It was not until 1860, however, that the first Education Act was proclaimed and all primary education was placed under one general and comprehensive system controlled by the Board of General Education. More history and key dates.

Department organisational structure

Key priority areas:

Organisational structure


Grace Grace MP is the Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations.


The Director-General of the Department of Education is Tony Cook.

Reports and publications

Major reports and documents published by the department.

Every student succeeding - state schools strategy 2014-2018 is Queensland's plan to lift the performance of each state school student, teacher and principal.

Schools statistics

Statistics and demographic information about Queensland state schools are available on the Statistics and information page.

The page contains a range of data including school and student counts, student attendance rates, class size achievements, school disciplinary absences and languages other than English (LOTE) offerings in Queensland. The page also contains useful links to sites including the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and post-school destination data.

Statutory authorities

A list of the department's statutory authorities.

Professional development

Information provided in this web site summarises key Professional Development initiatives for all groups of departmental employees.

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