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Careers and Vacancies

The department offers a diverse range of positions both within its teaching and non-teaching workforce across Queensland.

At DET, you will work for an organisation that values its people and promotes leadership and innovation. We respect professionalism, embrace diversity and a balance between work and life commitments.

You will be actively supported as an individual and will have access to a range of flexible work options, an employee assistance program and learning and development opportunities.

Teaching Workforce

Teaching in schools is a rewarding career, offering teachers the opportunity to combine intellectual challenge and creativity while helping students to become lifelong learners and valuable members of our community.

Why teach? Because teachers make a real difference.

The Teach Queensland External Link website provides information about:

Principal recruitment

Principals and school leaders play a vital role in delivering the vision of the department. By pursuing this role, you will be critical to improving the educational outcomes of students in schools and having a major influence on developing the quality of teaching and learning in Queensland state schools.

The recruitment and selection of principals is critical to ensure quality teaching and learning outcomes in Queensland state schools.

Changes have been made to the department's recruitment and selection for Queensland State School Principals. These changes are based on three underlying principles:

  1. School Parents and Citizens Associations or school councils have direct involvement in the selection of a suitable and meritorious principal.
  2. Principals seeking relocation are assessed for suitability by an appropriate panel.
  3. Appointments are considered from the widest possible pool of applicants.

From January 2014, principal vacancies will be advertised individually on the Smart Jobs and Careers External Link website.

School Parents and Citizen Associations and/or school council have direct involvement in the selection of a suitable principal to meet the needs of their specific school.

Principals who have requested relocation will have their suitability considered by a panel comprising of departmental representatives and a third person selected in consultation with the school's P and C or council. If the panel decides there are no suitable relocation applicants, the vacancy may be filled through an advertised process.

Principals are still able to be considered for relocation after completion of their regional service.

For more information please refer to the following fact sheets:

Non-Teaching Workforce

Teachers are supported by and work collaboratively with a wide range of non-teaching professionals, teacher aides, school based administrative and grounds staff.

The non-teaching workforce consists of a variety of positions within the employment categories of base grade / ancillary positions and advertised promotional positions.

Base Grade / Ancillary Positions

Base grade and ancillary positions include Administrative Officers, Science Operations Officers, Agricultural Assistants, Schools Officers (Grounds and Facilities), Cleaners and Teachers Aides.

Some entry-level vacancies may be advertised on Smart Jobs and Careers and other internet job boards, or local newspapers. However, many appointments to entry level positions within the department are made through identified Recruitment Agencies under the Standing Offer Arrangement QP200.

Advertised Classified Positions

Advertised promotional vacancies within the non-teaching workforce are typically aligned to the employment categories of Administrative, Professional, Technical and Operational streams. Position types incorporated within these categories such as - Managers, Project Officers, Personnel/Human Resource Officers, Finance Officers, Education Officers and Business Service Managers within Schools. Information is also available on therapy roles within the department.

Teaching in Early Childhood

The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia, offering a range of job and career progression opportunities for entry through to professional levels.

Join the ECEC sector and make a difference to the lives of our littlest learners with the gift of literacy, numeracy and social skills.

Workforce Diversity and Equity Program

Workforce Diversity and Equity Program - Employment strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women, people with a disability and people from a non-English speaking background. Services, advice and information on diversity, employment equity, workplace bullying and harassment, unlawful discrimination, and work-life balance.

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This page was last reviewed on 05 Jun 2018

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