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Staff professional development

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Queensland state schools undertake 6 staff professional development days throughout the year:

  • 2 days at the end of the summer holidays (fixed)
  • 3 days during the Easter holidays (flexible)
  • 1 day on the third last Friday in Term 3 (flexible).

The previously published staff professional development day of Monday 19 October 2020 has moved to Friday 4 September 2020.

The staff professional development days at the end of the summer holiday are fixed and must occur on the scheduled days.

The staff professional development day on the last Friday in Term 3 is also fixed, however may be converted to flexible following consultation with the Local Consultative Committee (LCC). Unless converted to flexible, staff professional development must occur on this day.

Schools are able to position flexible professional development days during any school holiday period or at any time outside of school hours, according to their workforce needs and arrangements. Schools that choose to make flexible arrangements for these days must ensure that staff undertake a total of 20 hours professional development. This time is exclusive of staff meetings.

Students are not required to attend school on the third last Friday in Term 3. Similar to the 3 flexible days during the Easter holidays, there is flexibility in how schools use this professional development time.

  • If a school chooses to undertake the 5 required hours of professional development outside school hours, staff are not required to attend school on this day. This decision must be made in consultation with the LCC
  • If a school chooses to undertake the 5 required hours of professional development on this day, it must be taken on the third last Friday in Term 3.

For all flexible arrangements, the school community must ensure that decisions are made in consultation with Local Consultative Committee. Schools with less than 20 employees must liaise with a consultative body of staff.

Arrangements for staff professional development days must be finalised by the end of the previous year.

As required, the Minister for Education may approve staff professional development days for specific professional development opportunities.

Frequently asked questions

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Last updated 30 September 2019