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Independent Public Schools

The Queensland Government is committed to giving state schools greater autonomy in decision making, cutting red tape and removing layers of management to improve outcomes for students.

The Independent Public Schools initiative delivers on this commitment.

Fifty-four schoolshave been selected to become Independent Public Schools in 2014. These schools join the 26 schools that became Queensland's first Independent Public Schools in 2013. Read the latest ministerial statement External Link for further information.

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Future opportunities

There is an opportunity for 120 schools to become Independent Public Schools over a four year period from 2013 to 2016.

All Queensland state schools can apply to become an Independent Public School through the Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

Dates for the next round of EOI submissions will be announced in 2014.

Further information for school principals is available on OnePortal - DETE staff intranet (DETE employees only).

What does it mean to be an Independent Public School?

The Independent Public Schools initiative recognises the best decision-making often occurs at a local level through direct response to local community needs and aspirations.

By becoming an Independent Public School, Queensland principals, teachers, parents and local communities have greater control and ownership of their schools.

The Independent Public School initiative will provide opportunities for:

How will Queensland Independent Public Schools be supported?

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

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

The Government will provide a one-off $50 000 grant to assist schools transition to becoming an Independent Public School and the establishment of their school council.

In addition, schools are eligible to receive a further $50, 000 in funding each year.

What will it mean for students?

Independent Public Schools will have greater freedom to shape their own strategic direction and make decisions which will directly benefit their students.

They will have the ability to work directly with local businesses, industry and community organisations.

This new way of working could lead to unique and innovative partnerships and sponsorships, providing extra support for students, schools and the local community.

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 Independent Public Schools initiative please read the following documents:

Independent Public Schools Prospectus Adobe PDF document1.6M
Independent Public Schools Prospectus Microsoft® Word document 30K

Independent Public Schools - questions and answers Adobe PDF document275K
Independent Public Schools - questions and answers Microsoft® Word document 37K

Independent Public Schools - Queensland school councils Fact Sheet Adobe PDF document211K
Independent Public Schools - Queensland school councils Fact Sheet Microsoft® Word document 31K

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