Ministerial Student Advisory Council


In 2018, the Honourable Grace Grace MP, Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing established the Ministerial Student Advisory Council to give Queensland students an opportunity to provide feedback and advice about a range of education matters​.

Group photo of members

What does the advisory council do?

The advisory council provides the opportunity for students across Queensland to share their perspectives on important education matters and the impact of broader issues on learning.

The Advisory Council:

  • provides advice, feedback and shares views on critical and emerging issues for Queensland school students
  • considers expert presentations and provides advice on implications for Queensland students
  • provides suggestions on current strategies and possible future actions to address emerging issues
  • provides student views on current and future policy and practice.

Who is on the advisory council?

The council is chaired by the Minister for Education and consists of a group of 16 students from state and non-state schools across Queensland.

​Map of student member origins​.​

How often does the Advisory Council meet?

The advisory council generally meets twice a year, or as required if there is a particular matter to be discussed.

Meeting outcomes

Student feedback and ideas from advisory council meetings help to inform future government policy and program development.

2022 Meeting 1: 29 April​​​

Focus: Vaping and e-cigarettes, and educating for jobs of the future.

2021 Mee​​ting 1: 7 May

Focus: Respectful relationships education and age appropriate matters of consent and reporting. The ideas from advisory council members (pictured below) and key messages were captured by illustration.​

Illustration of ministerial student advisory council - consent and reporting

Artworks by Patch Creative

2020 Meeting 1​​: 21 August

Focus: COVID-19 impacts on student learning and wellbeing, and recognising Year 12 students ending their schooling in 2020. This was the first time that the Advisory Council met virtually using an online platform. (Note: No illustration was created for this meeting.)

2019 Meeting 1: 7 June​​

Focus: The future of education including the National Declaration of Educational Goals for Young Australians (also known as the Melbourne Declaration).

Illustration of meeting outcomes

Artworks by Dr Sue Pillans​

2019 Meeting 2: 1 November​​

Focus: Inclusive education and the NAPLAN review.

Inclusive education and the NAPLAN review

Artworks by Dr Sue Pillans​

2018 Meeting 1: 7 June​​

Focus: bullying, including cyberbullying. The ideas from Advisory Council members were shared with the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce.

Illustration of meeting outcomes

Artworks by Dr Sue Pillans​

2018 Meeting 2: 9 October​

Focus: bullying, cyberbullying and mental health and wellbeing.

​​​Key messages and ideas from Advisory Council members about mental health and wellbeing.

Artworks by Dr Sue Pillans​​

For more information

Contact the Ministerial Student Advisory Council Secretariat by email at​

Last updated 09 May 2022