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School Viability Assessment

School closures

In May 2013, the Minister for Education, Training and Employment, the Hon. John-Paul Langbroek, announced nine Queensland state schools had been identified for community consultation regarding proposed closure or amalgamation as part of the 2013 School Viability Assessment.

On 17 September, following careful consideration of the results of the school viability assessment and the independent consultation reports, the Minister announced the following schools will close at the end of 2013:

The Minister determined the following schools, which also underwent consultation during 2013, will remain open:

Read the Minister's release External Link

Consultation reports

The community consultation process was conducted by independent consultancy company, JTA Australia.

The consultation reports are available below.

Transitioning to a new school

Students affected by these school closures will be able to attend the neighbouring school of their choice from 2014, in most cases. However, due to individual schooling history, there may be a small number of students who will not be able to be accommodated at the school of their choice. In these cases, school staff will work with the student and their family to negotiate an alternative school.

Revised catchment maps

As a result of these school closures, there will be changes to catchment areas for neighbouring schools from the 2014 school year

Maps outlining the realigned catchment boundaries of neighbouring schools are available below.

Please note: The solid green lines indicate the new catchment boundaries. The former school catchments are shaded so that you are able to see how neighbouring school catchments have been expanded to absorb the former school catchments.

Charlton State School Adobe PDF document

Fortitude Valley State School Adobe PDF document

Nyanda State High School Adobe PDF document

Old Yarranlea State School Adobe PDF document

Stuart State School Adobe PDF document

Toowoomba South State School Adobe PDF document

Decision regarding proposed amalgamation

Following a comprehensive consultation process in the Coorparoo Secondary College and Brisbane State High communities, between 2 May and 10 June, Minister Langbroek determined that the two schools will not be amalgamated.

The procedure

The School Viability Assessment External Link procedure ensures the Department has a formal process in place to meet its obligations under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (the Act) around school closures.

The procedure was developed in consultation with key education stakeholders, including P&Cs Queensland, Isolated Children's Parents' Association and the Queensland Teachers' Union.

Although the School Viability Assessment procedure is new, the premise behind the procedure is not. The Department has a long-standing practice of assessing the viability of its state schools, because it has a responsibility to ensure these important community assets are operated efficiently and appropriately utilised.

The School Viability Assessment procedure will assist in delivering an effective and efficient public education system that is sustainable now and in the future.

Consultation process

When a school is proposed to close or amalgamate, consultation occurs to ensure the school community has an opportunity to have their say about the future education options for the school community.

Community consultation allows for a process to identify any additional local circumstances that should be considered as part of the final determination by the Minister.

It is important to note that there are no pre-determined outcomes in the School Viability Assessment consultation process.

In 2013, the Department has engaged an independent consultant to lead and manage the community consultation process.

Frequently asked questions

School Viability Assessment frequently asked questions Microsoft® Word document307K.

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This page was last reviewed on 17 Sep 2013

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