Inclusive education


Students enrolled in Queensland state schools come from diverse social, cultural, geographic and family backgrounds, are of many identities, and of all abilities.

The Department of Education's Inclusive education policy (PDF, 109KB) supports our shared vision that all students in Queensland state schools receive the support they need to belong to the school community, engage purposefully in learning and experience academic success: Every Student Succeeding—State Schools Strategy 2020–2024 (PDF, 314KB).


Students experience inclusive education when they can access and fully participate in learning, alongside their similar-aged peers, supported by reasonable adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to meet their individual needs. Inclusion is embedded in all aspects of school life, and is supported by culture, policies and every day practices.

Our commitment

The department commits to continuing our journey towards a more inclusive education system at all levels and as part of our everyday practice in schools, educational settings and classrooms.

Our commitment means that children and young people across Queensland, from all social, cultural, community and family backgrounds, and of all identities and all abilities are able to:

  • attend their local state school or education centre and be welcomed
  • access and participate in a high-quality education and fully engage in the curriculum along-side their similar-aged peers
  • learn in a safe and supportive environment, free from bullying, discrimination or harassment
  • achieve academically and socially with reasonable adjustments and supports tailored to meet their learning needs.

The Signposts for school improvement—Inclusive education (PDF, 5MB) provides an inclusive education framework for schools aligned to the School Improvement Hierarchy model which guides what needs to happen next in a school’s improvement journey.

Inclusive education policy and support materials


Supports for students from diverse backgrounds

Students with mental health needs

Students in out-of-home care

Refugee, culturally and linguistically diverse students

Students with disability

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Rural and remote

Gifted and talented students

LGBTIQ+ studentsRTF version (RTF, 62KB)

Inclusion coaches

Inclusion coaches are available to work with school leadership teams—in collaboration with other regional and state supports—to improve educational outcomes for all students. Inclusion coaches build the confidence and capability of Queensland state schools to ensure that every student is welcomed at their local school and provided with the same educational opportunities; and that every student has the necessary supports to access, participate and engage in high quality education, free from discrimination.

Inclusion coaches may be contacted through your local regional office or by emailing

Last updated 19 February 2020