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Rural and remote education

The Queensland Government has a continuing commitment to ensure that all students, no matter where they live, have access to a range of high quality education and training programs.

Over half of all state schools in Queensland are in rural and remote locations, with approximately one-quarter of state school students enrolled in these schools. The Department recognises the dedication to quality teaching and learning occurring in state schools in rural and remote locations.

Action plan for Rural and Remote Education

The Department has developed an Action Plan for Rural and Remote Education for 2011-2015 Adobe PDF document, which outlines the strategies being implemented by the Department to drive excellence in rural and remote schools.

Assistance for students

Financial assistance and programs may be available for eligible students in rural and remote locations.

Rural and remote locations

Queensland for state schools are identified in one of 4 categories; Metropolitan, Provincial City, Rural, and Remote.

Schools that are within 1.5 hour's drive of a major regional/provincial centre, such as Townsville or Cairns, may also be classed as rural. Remote locations are generally locations that are over 3 hours from a regional/provincial or larger town.

Download the state schools geographic table Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet to view and sort Queensland state schools.

Quickguide map: Queensland regional map and office contacts Microsoft® Word document

Regional office contact details

Regional maps are a useful guide to the location of Queensland state educational facilities.

Individual school details are provided through the Schools Directory. Use the advanced search from the schools directory to filter results by one of the 4 DETE zones.

Teach Rural

If you are interested in teaching rural, find out more about the opportunities available, including the Remote Area Incentive Scheme (RAIS), on the Make a Difference. Teach website.

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This page was last reviewed on 17 Dec 2013

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