The Queensland Schools Planning Reference Committee (QSPRC)'s purpose is to establish and maintain a consultative, cross-sector process to:
- assess the impact of population growth and to inform the planning of new schools in Queensland
- provide advice to Government on general issues relating to the planning of new schools, and possible reforms to assist in the timely, collaborative and efficient delivery of educational infrastructure for growth areas
- investigate and consult further on the role of a Schools Planning Forum, proposed to meet on an annual basis, with representatives from the education sectors, local government, state government planning department, and development industry to discuss issues relating to planning for new schools.
The Queensland School Planning Commission was a Ministerial Advisory Committee tasked in 2012 with improving processes for the planning of Queensland schools in consultation with key sectorial stakeholders. The work of the commission was completed in July 2014 following submission of a second and final report and delivery on its ministerial mandate.
A recommendation from the commission's final report was to continue ongoing consultation about future demand mapping for new state and non-state school requirements in collaboration with key stakeholders. Consequently, the QSPRC will continue to consult with cross-sectoral stakeholders to provide advice on the planning and delivery of future schools in Queensland.
QSPRC committee chair
Infrastructure Planning and Delivery, Infrastructure Services Branch, Corporate Services Division, Department of Education (DoE)
QSPRC committee members
|Assistant Director-General||State Schools — Rural and Remote Branch, State Schools Division, DoE|
|Manager||Capital Programs, Queensland Catholic Education Commission|
|Manager||Planning Services, Brisbane Catholic Education Office|
|Principal Advisor||Strategic Resourcing, Independent Schools Queensland|
|Manager Planning||Development and Environment, Local Government Association of Queensland|
|Team Leader||Consolidated Projections Project, Queensland Government Statistician's Office, Queensland Treasury|
Vacant||Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning |
QSPRC terms of reference
QSPRC terms of reference (PDF, 311KB) document outlines the terms in which the committee operates.
QSPRC cross-sectoral new school demand mapping
Under the umbrella of the QSPRC, regular consultation occurs with local councils experiencing or expecting significant population growth. Population projections provided by the Queensland Government Statistician's Office (QGSO) and by participating councils is analysed and compared to existing cross-sectoral school capacity to determine the future new school demand within council areas.
In October–November 2017 a series of workshops were conducted within the five local government areas that were identified as key growth areas in Queensland. The five local government areas and the corresponding demand maps are identified below:
Brisbane City Council — 2017 (PDF, 3.1MB)
Gold Coast City Council — 2017 (PDF, 2.4MB)
Ipswich City Council — 2017 (PDF, 1.4MB)
Logan City Council — 2017 (PDF, 1.2MB)
Sunshine Coast Council — 2017 (PDF, 1.2MB)
In April and May 2018, the next round of workshops with five local government areas identified as key growth areas was held, and produced the demand maps below:
Cairns Regional Council — 2018 (PDF, 373KB)Townsville City Council — 2018 (PDF, 995KB)Redland City Council — 2018 (PDF, 401KB)Toowoomba Regional Council — 2018 (PDF, 737KB)Moreton Bay Regional Council — 2018 (PDF, 1.1MB)
Findings from the 2017 QSPRC cross-sectoral demand analysis findings by local government areas are outlined within the Queensland schools planning reference committee cross-sectoral demand mapping report.
The interactive schools infrastructure demand map is maintained by QGSO in consultation with DoE.
The interactive schools infrastructure demand map, 2015 edition, provides access to average annual growth of projected primary and secondary school age persons data, for all Queensland SA2 regions. It features the ability to search for street addresses and school names, zoom capabilities and a Google road map layer.
The Infrastructure Services Branch of DoE hosts the Secretariat function for the QSPRC.
The QSPRC is contactable through the secretariat:
Phone: (07) 3034 5129