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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.

Interested in becoming an Independent Public School in 2017?

Shortly the department will call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for 70 schools to join the IPS initiative in 2017. This will bring the total number of IPS in Queensland to 250.

Schools considering applying to become an IPS can begin consultation with the school community now. The prospectus and fact sheets available online can be used during this consultation period to discuss with the school community what becoming an IPS would mean for the school.

A new version of the prospectus will be released when the 2017 EOIs are called.

Consultation is an important aspect of this process; for any queries please contact the School Autonomy Team at

What does it mean to be an Independent Public School?

The Independent Public Schools initiative provides an exciting opportunity to have greater empowerment in decision-making and increase the capacity to work in new ways to maximise student learning outcomes.

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

The Independent Public School initiative provides opportunities for:

The implementation of the IPS initiative has been closely monitored since its inception in 2013. Along with a rolling evaluation monitoring progress annually, a short term independent evaluation was conducted in July 2015 to inform the continued roll out. The findings of this evaluation are currently being considered. Decisions from this evaluation may impact on the conditions under which IPS operate in the future.

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.

Independent Public Schools receive a one-off $50,000 grant to assist with their transition. This funding enables the schools to seek expertise and advice about the establishment and effective functioning of their school council.

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 Independent Public Schools initiative please read the following documents:

Independent Public Schools Prospectus (PDF, 551KB)
Independent Public Schools Prospectus (DOC, 2.21MB)

Independent Public Schools - Queensland school councils fact sheet (DOC, 682KB)

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