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Independent Public Schools

The Queensland Government is committed to providing state schools with greater autonomy in decision-making and increased capacity to work in new ways to maximise learning outcomes.

The Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative delivers on this commitment.

There are currently 180 Independent Public Schools in Queensland.

IPS operate in line with the IPS Policy Framework (PDF, 1.2MB). The Policy Framework sets out the key features of the IPS intiative in Queensland, and the system supports that enable it to deliver to its full potential.

Applications are now open to become an Independent Public School in 2017

All Queensland state schools are invited to apply to become an Independent Public School in 2017 through the expression of interest (EOI) process.

There are 70 places available to join the initiative in 2017, which will bring the total number of IPS in Queensland to 250.

Schools considering applying to become an IPS can begin consultation with their Assistant Regional Director or Regional Director and school community now. The 2017 Independent Public Schools Prospectus (PDF, 1.1MB) should be used during the consultation period to discuss what becoming an IPS would mean for the school community.

Applications will close on Friday 11 November at 5pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

Successful applicants will commence as IPS in Term 1, 2017.

What does it mean to be an Independent Public School?

IPS are a catalyst for positive system-wide change that leads to improved services and learning outcomes for all state school students.

They partner with their school community to create and pursue a shared strategic direction that focuses on student wellbeing and improved student outcomes.

The IPS initiative provides opportunities for:

How will Queensland Independent Public Schools be supported?

Queensland Independent Public Schools continue to remain part of the state's strong public schooling system.

They have access to the same support as other Queensland state schools and maintain the same core values.

Each school that becomes an IPS receives a $50,000 upfront establishment grant to assist with the transition to IPS, and $50,000 per annum for functions associated with becoming an IPS.

What will it mean for students?

Independent Public Schools are empowered to shape their own strategic direction and make decisions that will directly benefit their students.

They have an enhanced capacity to work directly with local businesses, industry and community organisations.

Schools also have greater flexibility to tailor the curriculum to directly suit the needs of their students.

This tailor-made approach will mean students may benefit from opportunities such as International Baccalaureate, extracurricular and gateway programs, or access to centres of excellence.

Further information

For more information about the IPS initiative please read the following document:


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