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16/03/18: Queensland students say no to bullying


Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

An estimated 570,000 Queensland students are today taking a stand against bullying and cyberbullying.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said activities at more than 1,200 schools across the state were driving home the message as part of the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

“By any measure, today’s events are a remarkable display by school communities across Queensland to spread the message that bullying is unacceptable,” the Premier said.

“Today we are asking students to imagine a world free from bullying and suggest ways we can achieve that.

“Students have been working on various ways of conveying the message, from videos and plays to art projects, discussions and workshops and today’s activities include open days, community fairs, competitions and sausage sizzles to involve the community as much as possible.

“I want to thank all the students, teachers, principals, parents and other community members who are using today to raise awareness and spread the message.”

The Premier and Minister for Education Grace Grace will today attend a cybersafety workshop at the State Library of Queensland where students will share their thoughts on a wall of anti-bullying messages.

Later, the Premier and Minister will also attend the first meeting of the ground-breaking new Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce chaired by Madonna King.

“I am proud to be part of a government whose Premier has put this issue on the national stage and has established the first taskforce of its kind to tackle this pernicious issue,” Minister Grace said.

“The Taskforce has been asked to report recommendations by 31 August 2018 for community and government action and we will act on those recommendations.

“The National Day of Action is a Queensland initiative and our state has consistently had the highest level of participation.

“Students from Prep to Year 12 are taking part today.”

Tonight landmarks across Brisbane will be lit up in orange in support of the National Day of Action.

14/03/18: Rural students urged to get snapping for school competition

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Young photographers are being asked to get clicking and capture images to attract new teachers to regional, rural and remote areas.

Education Minister Grace Grace today launched the Teach Queensland Style Student Photo Competition at Marburg State School.

“Regional, rural and remote communities in Queensland are great places to forge a teaching career,” the Minister said.

“And this competition gives students an opportunity to let teachers know what they are missing.

“Our talented student photographers can now capture what they love about their school and showcase the unique teaching and learning opportunities to be experienced in their communities.”

Each school is invited to submit up to four entries per category to an online portal by Sunday 29 April 2018 to vie for a range of prizes including photographic equipment and vouchers.

Students from Prep to Year 6 are invited to enter in classes or groups, while students Year 7 and above can enter individually.

Marburg State School’s teaching principal Kirrily Newton said the school’s 58 students would be encouraged to take photographs featuring the leafy, well-resourced school set in the picturesque countryside of green rolling hills.

“Our students are very excited to have the opportunity to showcase the school in its beautiful setting and to highlight some of the benefits of joining a small school community,” Mrs Newton said.

Minister Grace said the Teach Queensland Style campaign was designed to attract more beginning and experienced teachers to explore Queensland, build new friendships and strengthen their career prospects.

“Many schools in regional, rural and remote communities have welcomed both newly-qualified and experienced teachers from other parts of the state, interstate and overseas to begin or advance their teaching careers this year,” she said.

Minister Grace said the Palaszczuk Government offered financial incentives and benefits for teachers in rural and remote locations, including subsidised housing, flight allowances, relocation expenses and additional leave entitlements.

“There are also specialised induction programs and greater opportunities for teachers to secure permanent employment or to step up into school leadership positions.”

The Teach Queensland Style campaign features short promotional films which offer a glimpse of the unique experience of teaching in a regional, rural or remote state school.

For more information visit or subscribe to Teach Queensland News and Jobs and follow @TeachQLD on Facebook and Instagram.

14/03/18: Springfield students speak up on cybersafety

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Education Minister Grace Grace today joined 250 students at a cybersafety workshop at Springfield Central State High School.

In the countdown to the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence the Minister saw first-hand the work of her department’s Cybersafety and Reputation Management team as students were encouraged to share their online experiences.

“There is some great work being done in schools to teach students about creating a positive digital footprint,” the Minister said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is leading the nation in tackling cyberbullying and today I have been observing a workshop where students received expert advice about staying safe online.
“It’s great to see the team in action today, supporting students to speak up about their online concerns.

“Young people are comfortable with the ‘how to’ of technology, but it’s important they know more about appropriate online behaviour and how they can help their friends.”                                                  

The Minister said the Department of Education worked closely with information technology providers to minimise risks and respond to incidents when they occur.

“Our cybersafety team’s workshops cover safe, positive and respectful online behaviours and how to develop and leave a positive online footprint,” she said.

“This is one of a suite of measures being employed to raise awareness of risks and tackle bullying.”

Member for Jordan Charis Mullen said it was valuable for students to learn about real-life cyber safety examples, to alert them to just how serious this issue can be and where they can go for help.

“Cybersafety is an important issue for all young people, including our students here in Springfield,” she said.

“It’s great local students have been given the opportunity to receive cybersafety guidance and expert advice.”

The Cybersafety and Reputation Management team has delivered more than 1,000 face-to-face cybersafety sessions in recent years at more than 400 different state schools, getting the message out to 135,000 students.

Springfield Central State High School Principal Leon Proud said the school had proactively enrolled in the cybersafety workshop to give its students another opportunity to learn how to stay safe online.

“At Springfield Central, we want to ensure every one of our students develops intellectually, personally and socially while staying safe, especially when using online technology.

“Taking part in the cybersafety workshop is an excellent example of how we focus on our four core values of respect, responsibility, resilience and relationships,” Mr Proud said.

For more information and tips on cybersafety visit the website

13/03/18: Premier’s coding challenge to new generation of digital creators


Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Standing up to cyberbullies is the theme of this year’s Premier’s coding competition.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk launched the competition at Bremer State High School in Ipswich and laid down the challenge to Queensland students to develop a game, app, animation or another digital project using Cybersafety Heroes.

“The completion this year will focus on Anti-Bully Girl, who is a member of the Cybersafety Heroes.

“We want to see students from Years 3 to 10 creating digital heroes to teach others how to handle online bullies and be safe and secure online,” the Premier said.

““I want to encourage as many Queensland students as possible to embrace this challenge and enter the competition.

“We want to support all Queensland schools and students to engage in coding and be digitally literate and I know that there’s a new generation out there who can combine imagination and digital expertise to create brilliant results.”

The Premier was joined by Education Minister Grace Grace today with Bremer’s winning Year 8 team from last year’s competition.

“The Creating Queensland’s Future coding competition was about fostering a new generation of digital creators and entrepreneurs,” Minister Grace said.

“The competition helps schools to engage students in learning that gives them the skills and knowledge to participate successfully in a technology rich, global economy.

“We are accepting entries from students in Years 3 and 4 for the first time this year so we can engage this younger age group in the important skill of coding. Winners will be announced in Term 3 and share in $5000 worth of technology prizes.

“This coding competition is just one initiative in our Advancing education action plan, which addresses the importance of equipping our students with the skills they’ll need for jobs of the future.”

Bremer State High School Executive Principal Kay Louwrens said the school’s winning team of girls were part of the Year 7-9 Science Extension Program and were achieving great things in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

 “These girls really are amazingly talented and highly motivated students,” Ms Louwrens said.

“I hope their win last year will inspire more of our students to enter the coding competition this year.

“Our students are really engaging with science through technology like our virtual reality lab, our drones, coding courses and 3D printers.”

The deadline for entries in the 2018 competition is Tuesday 19 June.

For information on how to enter the Premier’s Creating Queensland’s Future coding competition visit: and #code4qld.

13/03/18: Solar panels on school roofs to save more than $10 million a year


Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

The Palaszczuk Government will spend $97 million over three years to help Queensland schools cut their combined power bill by about 20 percent.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Education Minister Grace Grace detailed the Advancing Clean Energy Schools or ACES program will deliver energy efficiency and big savings for about 800 state schools while visiting Bremer State High School in Ipswich.

“The ACES, or Advancing Clean Energy Schools program will save our schools an estimated $10.2 million a year,” the Premier said.

“That’s a great saving for schools as well as a fantastic contribution to our 50% renewable energy target by 2030.

“Our state schools are among the government’s largest energy users, with an annual energy bill of more than $50 million.

“This program will be a game changer and the reduced environmental impact will be significant.

“By reducing costs and reinvesting savings into the program, we can ensure state schools across Queensland have more sustainable energy use into the future.

“The first phase of the program this year will include up to 30 schools in each of the Department of Education’s seven regions, so the benefits will be shared throughout the state.”

The program will see an investment of $40 million in solar photovoltaic systems and $57 million on making schools more energy efficient.

Minister Grace said the Bremer State High School would be one of the first schools to benefit and an audit would be carried out to determine the best ways to help it to reduce its energy costs.

“Currently Bremer spends about $250,000 a year on electricity, with $100,000 of that in network charges so that gives an indication of the impact this initiative will have over time.

“It is a school where clean energy and environmentally friendly measures are already in use.

“A small 4.1kW solar system on the roof currently supplies about 0.7% of electricity consumption and there are large areas of synthetic grass around the school to save on watering and fuel costs for mowing.

“And there are underground water tanks used for flushing toilets to save on water use.

“We know that many of our schools have great environmental programs and do what they can to save energy and water and this program will make a massive contribution,” she said.

“Renewable energy technology has developed significantly and we want to take advantage of the opportunities that now exist for our state schools to make energy savings.”

12/03/18: Queensland ramps up action against bullying

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Education Minister Grace Grace today outlined a suite of activities Queensland schools and their communities will conduct to mark the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday 16 March. 

“Queensland has been leading the way for the nation in the fight against bullying over the past 15 years,” Ms Grace said. 

“This year the Premier has put this issue firmly on the national agenda and has responded to community concerns over bullying and cyber bullying by appointing a new Queensland Anti-Bullying Taskforce. 

“Schools across the state have zero tolerance to bullying and are already actively engaged in working towards this goal.” 

Minister Grace said it was expected that more than 1,200 Queensland schools and 570,000 Queensland students will take part in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday. 

“Schools across the nation will be guided in their activities on Friday by a Bullying. No Way! kit developed by the Queensland Department of Education. 

“This year the community is being invited to Imagine a world free from bullying and share their ‘big ideas’ on how to make this happen by writing them on creative posters, speech bubbles and postcards,” she said. 

“School activities range from open days and community fairs, message or pledge walls, competitions involving creative art, writing, video and creative performances by students - anything that raises awareness and suggests ways to beat bullying. 

“Some schools will highlight the issue at school assemblies, barbeques, sausage sizzles or during class activities and others will offer specific professional development for teachers. 

“Holding dress up orange days to draw attention to the National Day of Action’s official colour theme is another popular activity to help raise awareness and encourage students to speak up when there are issues. 

“This year, a number of landmark bridges and buildings across Brisbane will also be lit up in orange to show a united community stance against bullying and violence. 

“Queenslanders are taking a united stand to make it clear that bullying and violence are never okay, inside or outside the classroom,” Ms Grace said. 

A full list of schools which have registered to take part in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is available online at

A summary of Queensland’s plan of action against bullying in schools is attached.


For information about local school activities contact the Department of Education, 3328 6639 or

Queensland’s plan of action against bullying in schools

  • 29 January 2018 – Premier hosts stakeholder roundtable. 
  • 19 February 2018 – Premier releases terms of reference for 14-member Anti-Bullying Taskforce to work up new anti-bullying framework for Queensland. 
  • 31 August 2018 – taskforce due to report recommendations for community and government action.


  • Queensland Government initiated the concept of a National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and has been leading the organisation of the event on behalf of all states and territories since the event began in 2011. 
  • Queensland also manages the national website:, which is packed with tips, resources and information for students, staff and parents. 
  • Department of Education has a comprehensive framework of policies and procedures to help create safe and supportive school environments.
  • Every Queensland state school has a Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students, which sets out clear expectations, processes and consequences to address unacceptable behaviour.
  • Queensland state primary and secondary school students are taught about bullying and cyberbullying through national and state curriculum materials.
  • This includes proper use of technology, how to recognise bullying and coping and reporting strategies.
  • The Department’s Prep to Year 12 Respectful Relationships Education Program includes activities which encourage students to interact positively with others, respect similarities and differences, and stay safe. 
  • Students and parents are strongly encouraged to report any cases of bullying to their school principal or closest Department of Education regional office.
  • State schools make every effort to meet with concerned parents to address issues of bullying or harassment as they are reported.
  • Information is available on the website for parents about the signs and symptoms that may indicate their child may be experiencing bullying. There are also resources for students on what to do if they are being bullied and how to report it.
  • Principals, teachers and support staff work closely with families to resolve their concerns at a school level as a matter of urgency.
  • School support services are available such as guidance officers, chaplains and student welfare workers, to support students.
  • Department of Education has a dedicated Cybersafety and Reputation Management team which delivers education programs, helps schools prevent online issues and responds to incidents.

10/03/18: Food and medical supplies airlifted into adventure camp


Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Craig Crawford

Food, medical supplies and clothing have been airlifted to students and staff stranded at the Echo Creek Adventure Camp.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the Australian Defence Force took advantage of a break in the weather late yesterday afternoon to transport supplies to the camp near Tully which is cut off by floodwaters.

“I am very pleased that all students, staff and carers at the camp have now been resupplied with food, medical equipment and other necessities,” the Minister said.

“They are safe and on high ground.

“I spoke with one of the teachers by phone yesterday and she confirmed they are in good spirits.

“I want to express my sincere thanks to the helicopter crews that delivered food, medical supplies and clothing to the camp and to all of the agencies who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen.

“That includes officers from the education department, Queensland Police Service, Australian Defence Force, Department of Housing and Public Works and other emergency services and disaster management authorities.”

The Minister said one student and a parent had been evacuated by the Australian Defence Force for pre-existing medical reasons.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said: “As I parent, I know just how important it is for your children to be safe and well – and the welfare of these children is paramount.”

“They are in a secure area and while they may be surrounded by flood water, they are high and dry and in good spirits. The teachers have been wonderful, and I understand neighbouring properties around the area have been helping out the children as well.

“We will continue to monitor their situation closely,” he said.

Police had advised that the risk was too high to move remaining students and staff from the camp site.

09/03/18: Flooding strands students at adventure camp

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Education Minister Grace Grace has thanked police, emergency services, teachers and staff who are caring for 72 Year Six students stranded at an adventure camp site near Tully.

“I am advised that every effort is being made to comfort students who have been unable to leave the Echo Creek Adventure Camp because of flooding,” Minister Grace said.

“The camp is safe and the students, eight staff and a parent there have food and shelter. Police are currently working to resupply them with food and other necessities.”

Minister Grace said she had been assured by police that the party would be moved as soon as it was safe to do so.

“The latest information I have received is that floodwaters are expected to recede over the next 48 hours.

“The students attend Willows Primary School, Townsville, and their parents are being kept informed of developments by the education department.

“Parents can contact the school if they have any concerns and to check on the latest information,” the Minister said.

“I want to personally thank all those involved in ensuring that the students are safe.”

Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford added his thanks to all those involved.

“The safety and well-being of the children is the top priority and the situation is being monitored constantly,” he said.

Minister Grace said heavy rain has caused severe disruption to schools in and around Ingham and in Tully and a total of 13 schools and the Paluma Environmental Education Centre are closed today.

“As there is currently a Flood Watch for parts of North and Far North Queensland I urge parents to check local weather conditions and road access and not attempt to drive children to school if conditions are dangerous,” she said.

“If it flooded, forget it.

“Parents should monitor the school closures website, which is constantly updated.”

Note to news editors:

As at time of issue, the following centres will be closed for Friday 9th March 2018: 

  • Abergowrie SS
  • Forrest Beach SS
  • Halifax SS
  • Ingham SS
  • Ingham SHS
  • Macknade SS
  • Mount Fox SS
  • Paluma Environmental Education Centre
  • Toobanna SS
  • Trebonne SS
  • Victoria Plantation SS 

The three (3) state schools in the Tully area that were closed, Thursday 8thMarch, will also remain closed for Friday 9th March 2018: 

  • Kennedy SS
  • Lower Tully SS
  • Murray River Upper SS

27/02/18: Early childhood pilot gives refugee children a flying start

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

The Palaszczuk Government is helping refugee and asylum seeker children engage in early childhood education.

At the launch of a pilot program today, Education Minister Grace Grace said she was proud of the Palaszczuk Government’s efforts to ensure all Queensland children had access to kindergarten.

“This program recognises the challenges faced by many refugee and asylum seeker children and their families,” Minister Grace said.

“It provides families with the assistance they need to get their children into kindergarten, which is an important step to helping improve children’s readiness for school.

“We have allocated more than $677,000 to specialist agencies to ensure this program reaches refugees and asylum seeker families in targeted locations.”

Minister Grace said taking part in early childhood education was a great way for children to learn about the Australian way of life and for parents to connect with other families in the community.

“So far this year, 45 vulnerable children have started kindergarten as part of this program and more are expected to enrol,” she said.

“The enrolled children are from many countries, including Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Burundi, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Iraq and Iran.

“In 2017, more than 50 refugee and asylum seeker children, of kindy age, settled in Queensland but very few accessed early childhood education.”

Minister for State Development and Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick welcomed the hubs for the pilot program at Woodridge North State School, Woodridge State School and St Paul’s School Woodridge.

“It’s great to see this pilot program is already having a positive impact on kindergarten participation, especially in the wonderfully multicultural communities of Woodridge and Logan,” he said.

“Through this pilot, we hope to provide as many kindergarten-aged children as possible with access to quality early childhood education, and I look forward to our next generation and their families reaping the benefits of the lessons this great program has to offer.”

The additional hubs for the pilot program are located at Marsden State School and St Francis College at Crestmead.

The agencies facilitating this pilot program are Access Community Services (Access) and Multicultural Development Australia.

Access will employ an early childhood teacher, as well as a teacher supporting English as an additional language and dialect, at five school-based Community Hubs in Logan.

Multicultural Development Australia will provide support to kindergarten services enrolling refugee and asylum seeker children in Brisbane, Logan, Inala and Toowoomba.

Access pilot co-ordinator Grainne Taia said many children had often suffered some kind of trauma and the pilot was also helping to identify those who needed counselling and bicultural support.

“We also link the children with health and counselling services,” Ms Taia said.

“The early childhood teachers conduct five sessions each per week across five Community Hubs and can cater for a maximum of 30 children in each session.

“These programs can have a life-long positive impact on the children and their families.”

The pilot program began in July last year with six months of planning and will run until the end of 2018.

Funding for the program has been provided under the National Partnership Agreement for Universal Access to Early Childhood Education and is part of the current Queensland Multicultural Action Plan.

23/02/18: Statement on Toowoomba Second Range Crossing


Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

This afternoon we met with senior representatives of Nexus and workforce representatives for frank discussions about the safety record on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

This is one of Queensland’s biggest infrastructure projects and we want it to be delivered on time, on budget and in a safe manner.

There are up to 400 workers on this project. Their safety is our over-riding priority.

We made it clear that given there have been 17 plant rollovers and serious concerns raised by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, we needed to see a significant improvement.

We need to see a way forward that will result in cultural and material changes. We want to work with Nexus, but the responsibility for safety improvements rests firmly with the company.

It was an open and constructive meeting.

The company assured us they understand their responsibilities for the safety of workers on the project, will implement culture of continuous improvement, and are committed to improving their safety record.

They assured us that they are restructuring their safety team, increasing the number of health and safety representatives and improving consultation and communication.

They embraced the safety audit announced by Minister Bailey that will commence on Monday and agreed to accept and implement its recommendations

Nexus has given an assurance they will come back to us with detailed responses to the issues we raised and we will work collaboratively on solutions.

23/02/18: 2018 Education Awards open for nominations

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Education Minister Grace Grace is encouraging Queensland state schools, teachers and principals to nominate for the 2018 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.

More than $619,000 in grant funding is available to celebrate state school education success across 11 award categories.

“The Showcase Awards are an annual celebration of all that is great about state schooling,” Ms Grace said.

“This year I welcome the addition of two new award categories to celebrate Indigenous education initiatives as well as highlight our most outstanding rural and remote programs.

“These new categories will highlight some of the great work our rural and remote schools are doing to overcome the issue of distance and celebrate the creative work of some of our most isolated teachers and schools.

“The new stand-alone Indigenous Education category allows us to highlight the positive steps our schools are taking to improve Indigenous education outcomes.

“I’m sure this year’s award entries will put the spotlight on many of the creative ways schools and school communities are using digital and virtual learning techniques.”

The Minister urged all state schools to celebrate their achievements by nominating for an award.

“In 2017 we considered 114 programs which influenced the lives and education of more than 115,000 Queensland students,” she said.

“Showcase was established in 2000 as an annual awards program to recognise and reward state schools that are significantly improving student learning outcomes.

“Since its inception we have witnessed the emergence of many amazing entrants and worthy winners and I expect 2018 to continue to unearth the inspiring work being done in all state school communities that may otherwise go unrecognised.

“The awards celebrate excellent teaching practices from the earliest years through to senior level, recognising improvement plans and progress, and encourage a culture of learning and sharing among our schools.”

Nominations will close on 18 May 2018. Regional award winners and commendations will be announced in June, state finalists in July and the state award winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Brisbane on World Teachers’ Day on 26 October 2018.

More information and submission guidelines are available at

22/02/18: Safety concerns at TSRC


Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

The Palaszczuk Government is aware of safety concerns surrounding the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project and is taking firm action by instigating an urgent meeting with the project’s principal contractor.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace and Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey are seeking an urgent meeting about worker safety with senior representatives of the principal contractor, Nexus, on the Toowoomba Range Second Crossing construction project.

“Serious health and safety concerns have been raised with me by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland,” Minister Grace said.

“We are deeply concerned about the abnormally high number of Workplace Health and Safety investigations and incidents that have occurred at the site.

“I want to meet with representatives from Nexus to stress that the safety of workers must come first.

“Frankly, the number of incidents involving plant rollovers is unacceptable and demands immediate action.

 “This is an unusual step and should convey the gravity with which the Palaszczuk Government views this matter and our commitment to safety at work.”

Minister Bailey said an independent auditor would also be appointed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to investigate safety concerns at the site.

“The safety of workers is a top priority for the government and we need to be reassured by Nexus and other contractors that they share that sentiment and have a clear plan to improve their safety record,” Mr Bailey said.

“We want to sit down with those concerned to hear what they plan to do to improve safety on this project.”

The terms of reference for the independent auditor will be finalised in the coming days.

21/02/18: $6 million Mansfield State High School hall on track

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Mansfield State High School’s new $6 million multi-purpose hall is on schedule for completion in August.

Education Minister Grace Grace joined Member for Mansfield Corinne McMillan today to see progress on construction of the hall which includes two sports courts, a sports science and kinesiology lab, kitchen, storage, office and data room.

“The school community has been calling for a new hall for some time so it is wonderful to see work is well under way,” the Minister said.

“It is being built under the $200 million Advancing Queensland Schools (AQS) program that is delivering important infrastructure projects at schools across the state.

“The initiative is building new school halls or upgrading existing halls at 30 state schools and has the potential to support more than 500 jobs throughout Queensland during construction.”

Ms McMillian said: “It’s a growing school and the new hall will be able to host a wide range of functions as well as being a fantastic sports facility.

“It will accommodate the school’s sports program more efficiently and provide a space where large events can take place including assemblies, exams and graduations.”

The school’s Executive Principal Karen Tanks said it was exciting to see the hall progressing so quickly.

“The foundations are laid and the slab should be completed by the end of the month,” she said.

“We have had strong enrolment growth over the past few years with nearly 2600 students currently enrolled.

“Having this new hall will give us the facilities we need to support this growth and deliver a well-rounded education to students.

“The Mansfield State High School community certainly appreciates that we have been given the opportunity to provide students with a sporting facility of such a high standard.”

21/02/18: Respectful relationships pilot for a violence free future

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Ten Queensland state primary schools are piloting a respectful relationships program dealing with issues such as family violence, respect for women and girls, compassion and gender equality. 

The Palaszczuk Government is partnering with Our Watch and the Luke Batty Foundation to deliver the 18-month pilot program in support of its measures to stamp-out bullying and domestic violence. 

“We committed to supporting programs like this in our state schools in response to the Not Now, Not Ever taskforce and we will continue to raise our efforts to rid our community of domestic and family violence,” said Education Minister Grace Grace. 

Minister Grace officially launched the Creating a violence free future: Respectful Relationships Education in Primary Schools program at Eagleby South State School today (21 February 2018). 

“Eagleby South is one of the state schools to opt into this ground-breaking program,” the Minister said. 

“The other eight are Kingston, Russell Island, Capalaba, Coomera Rivers, Pimpama, Woodhill, Peak Crossing, Flagstone and Springwood Central. 

“All have begun to engage students, school staff and the wider school community in a discussion about respectful relationships. 

“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support this flagship pilot to raise awareness of domestic and family violence, support respectful relationships and gender equality. 

“It is important that our youngest Queenslanders learn that violence is never acceptable and that all people deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. 

Ms Grace said during the program students in Years 1 and 2 would receive 10 hours of respectful relationships curriculum instruction while school leaders and staff would be provided with professional development. 

“The pilot schools will promote gender equality and respectful relationships and will involve parents to reinforce the key messages around respect and equality,” she said. 

“Our Watch has contracted Deakin University to evaluate the pilot program, which is also being delivered in a number of primary schools in Victoria.” 

The Minister said it was great to see corporate support for the program.

“The Myer Foundation had provided $1.2 million to Our Watch and the Luke Batty Foundation to deliver the program,” she said. 

Eagleby South State School Principal Andrew Barnes said the school staff were very interested in the prevention of domestic and family violence in the school community. 

“We already have respectful relationships programs in place, but this pilot is different in that it addresses attitudes towards women and girls. 

“I am looking forward to our 160 Year 1 and Year 2 students being involved as well as seeing some sustained change in attitudes around gender equality.” 

For more information on Our Watch:

For more information on the Luke Batty Foundation:

17/02/18: Queensland’s top Year 12 graduates announced

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Education Minister Grace Grace today recognised the state’s top Year 12 graduates from the class of 2017 at the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Awards.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) hosted the event at the State Library in South Bank where 32 students from 20 state and non-state schools received prizes in six categories.

“These annual awards are a special opportunity to honour the hard work and commitment of our top students and the teachers and families who supported them,” Ms Grace said.

“This year’s overall Outstanding Academic Achiever award went to Rachel Hauenschild of Kenmore State High School who received a certificate, trophy, and $5000 prize money.

“She achieved exceptionally highly in all her school subjects, the Queensland Core Skills Test, tertiary entrance ranking, and in two university subjects and will pursue her passion for mathematics at The University of Queensland where she has a scholarship.

“I look forward to hearing Rachel’s name associated with many more achievements in the future.”

Minister Grace said the 2017 Year 12 cohort was the largest ever to graduate.

“Approximately 53,000 Queensland students completed Year 12 last year, so the 32 students who’ve been recognised today can be very proud of their achievements.

QCAA chief executive officer Chris Rider said the awards highlighted the strength in depth of secondary schooling in Queensland.

“Queensland schools support pathways to further education, training and work for all Year 12 students, while also enabling the very brightest to achieve to their full potential,” Mr Rider said.

“All today’s award winners are well placed to be successful at university and make valuable contributions to the community in their careers.”

The QCE Achievement Awards are sponsored by Bond University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland.

2017 QCE Achievement Award winners

Outstanding Academic Achiever:
Rachel Hauenschild, Kenmore State High School

Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student:
- Lucinda Colbert, Forest Lake State High School 

Highest Result on the Queensland Core Skills Test:
- Stuart Moss, Brisbane Grammar School

Distinguished Academic Achievers:

  • Louis Backstrom, Brisbane Grammar School
  • Aditya Chilukuri, Brisbane State High School
  • Esther Cho, Helensvale State High School
  • Patrick Cummins, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
  • Rupert Dwyer, St Peters Lutheran College
  • James Dyer, Anglican Church Grammar School
  • Jade Eldridge, Mueller College
  • Jasmine Elliott, Toolooa State High School
  • Joshua Grice, Brisbane Grammar School
  • Daniel Harness, Brisbane Grammar School
  • Liam Harris, All Saints Anglican School
  • Rachel Hauenschild, Kenmore State High School
  • Jina Hong, Somerset College
  • Phillip Huynh, Brisbane State High School
  • Kenton Lam, Varsity College
  • Saki Maehashi, Brisbane State High School
  • Yan Messoussa, Brisbane State High School
  • Kelly Park, Somerset College
  • Joshua Pelach, Smithfield State High School
  • William Price, Townsville Grammar School
  • Connor Ryan, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
  • Patrick Sharkey, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
  • Ryan Taylor, St Laurence's College
  • Sophie Tomassen, Varsity College
  • Ruby Turner, St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School
  • Callum Waite, St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace
  • Lilia Walsh, Trinity Anglican School
  • Daniel Walton, Hillbrook Anglican School

Highest Achievement by an International Student:
Cheng Zhang, Brisbane Grammar School

Highest Achievement in the International Baccalaureate:
Thomas Wu, Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology

The award criteria and prizes can be viewed at:

15/02/18: Turnbull Government failing to support Queensland anti-bullying programs

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Education Minister Grace Grace is urging the Turnbull Government to make a long-term funding commitment to Queensland’s exemplary efforts to tackle bullying – especially cyber bullying.

Minister Grace told State Parliament today that despite the national focus on cyber bullying, the Prime Minister had failed to provide funding certainty for targeted education programs that are supporting Queensland students, teachers and parents and raising awareness about online safety.

“Queensland signed up to the Online Safety Programs in Schools Project Agreement, providing $1.4 million of federal funding across state, Catholic and Independent schools,” the Minister said.

“This funding supports programs, delivered by providers certified by the eSafety Commissioner, for students, parents and teachers.

“Despite the national focus on cyber bullying, the Turnbull Government has again failed to provide funding certainty beyond the next few months, when the current program expires in June.

“This is another example of the Turnbull Government failing to provide long-term funding certainty for Queensland programs and services.

“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to support Queensland students through a dedicated team of specialists who assist schools in tackling cyber bullying and staying safe online.

“The Department of Education’s own Cybersafety and Reputation Management team provide dedicated support to schools in responding to inappropriate online behaviour and actively seeks to shut down any webpage or website that contains inappropriate, offensive or threatening content involving state school students or staff,” she said.

Since July 2013, the Cybersafety and Reputation Management team has provided more than 700 information sessions to over 91,500 students in 273 schools.

“The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse applauded Queensland’s Cybersafety and Reputation Management team as exemplary and a model for other education jurisdictions.

“I will continue to advocate for theTurnbull Government to commit to a new national funding agreement to ensure these important programs receive the funding needed to keep our children safe from cyber bullying.”

Minister Grace said if the LNP in Queensland was serious about protecting Queensland students from the kind of online bullying that has tragically cost young lives they would stand with the Palaszczuk Government and call on Turnbull Government to restore funding certainty for these vital programs.

“The choice is simple for the Leader of the Opposition – support Malcolm Turnbull ripping funding from our state or stand up for Queensland.”

09/02/18: Minister hosts swim safety summit

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Education Minister Grace Grace today hosted a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders to explore options for improving swimming and water safety skills for all Queensland children.

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our children,” Ms Grace said.

“In a state like ours, swimming and water sports are a way of life and the safety of our children in and around water is paramount.

“We already know, because research tells us, that the earlier children learn to swim, the better and I urge every parent to ensure their child can swim before they reach school age.

“As the Premier has previously advised, in 2016-17, 19 children drowned in Queensland – 14 of them were under the age of five. Any death of a child is one too many.

“We all have a role to play in addressing this issue of water safety and that is why I wanted to bring stakeholders together today.

“It was a chance to bring the stakeholders up to date with the latest information about everything the government does around teaching children to swim and improving their water skills and look at every option available to do it better.

“One of the most important statistics is that we have 1003 state schools in Queensland, and there are currently just 18 that do not have a learn to swim program.

“The clear message I took from the discussion was that teaching children to swim is not just about what’s done in schools. It’s about collaborating with all the brilliant Queensland organisations that have skin in the game to provide the best possible solutions, no matter where those children are, their cultural background or family circumstances.

“A range of issues were discussed – not only potential strategies for our schools, but also in the broader community.

“I am convinced that only good can come from this exercise because no good idea will be ignored. Everyone here today has the same aim.”

Those sentiments were echoed by John Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, Surf Life Saving Queensland.

“No single body has responsibility for this issue. It is very exciting that for the first time in Queensland so many stakeholders are sitting around the same table and discussing what we can do to improve swimming safety.

“It is a great starting point.”

Paul Barry, Executive Director of Royal Life Saving Society Queensland said it was misguided to think that simply making swimming lessons in schools compulsory would improve outcomes.

“What is clear is that schools are innovative and many of them have great programs that would be lost or weakened if they were made to fit a centralised model,” he said.

“We want to work with individual schools on programs that best fit their circumstances and resources.”

Ms Grace said the Queensland Government takes the issue of water safety very seriously.

“In recent years, we have dramatically tightened pool fencing laws and invested more in programs to promote safe swimming,” she said.

“According to the most recent data 98 per cent of state primary schools provide learn to swim programs for all pupils, from Prep to Year 6, that are determined by the principal in consultation with their local community.

“And this year the State Government has committed to increase funding by 50 per cent to $1.5 million to support the Learn to Swim program in state primary schools.

“Already 849 state primary schools receive these grants and more than 150 state schools have swimming pools on their school grounds.”

Further meetings of the Water Safety Roundtable are scheduled for April 20 and June, with final advice on options for improving water safety programs across the community to be provided by August.

Today’s roundtable was attended by Surf Life Saving Queensland, Royal Life Saving Association Australia, AUSTSWIM, Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association, P&Cs Queensland, Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association, Parents and Friends Federation, Principals’ Association Presidents, Independent Schools Queensland and the Queensland Catholic Education Commission as well as representatives from a range of government agencies including Education Queensland, Department of Local Government and Multicultural Affairs, Sport and Recreation, Child Safety and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. 

07/02/18: New snorkelling and diving Code of Practice now in force

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced in Cairns today that a new recreational snorkelling and diving Code of Practice for Queensland tourism operators was now in force.

“We have had extensive consultation with industry and I am confident that this finalised code will ensure visitors who are diving and snorkeling in our state feel it is being done in the safest manner possible,” Minister Grace said.

“Queensland has the largest recreational snorkelling and diving sector in Australia and we’re the only state to have specific legislation covering the industry,” she said. 

Minister Grace said the revised snorkelling and diving Code of Practice adopted a number of new safety measures which: 

  • require automatic external defibrillators on reef tourist vessels;
  • ensure operators have systems in place to identify at-risk snorkellers prior to them entering the water;
  • mandate the use of floatation devices for at-risk snorkellers; and
  • require at-risk snokellers to swim in a buddy pair. 

Minister Grace said there will also be a consistent safety message for all recreational and at-risk snorkellers, meaning the right safety message will be communicated to them when they leave on their vessel.

“There are also minor diving-related amendments in the Code which: 

-       simplify certain requirements so that they align with international training agency standards;

-       enhance supervision requirements by ensuring instructors are positioned to render assistance in an emergency; and

-       include a requirement for training to teach resort divers how to practically inflate and deflate their buoyancy control device.” 

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said that visitors to the region contributed to the local economy and it was therefore imperative they be kept safe on the reef. 

“This code is crucial for Far North Queensland tourism and the local economy. 

“Our industry strives to ensure world's best practice and now that this Code has been signed off, we have achieved this,” he said. 

“It will ensure Queensland continues to lead the way on reef and water safety and make the reef an even safer place to visit for tourists,” Mr Crawford said.

CEO of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators Col McKenzie said: 

“Local tourism operators support the new code and I look forward to working with industry to ensure it works as intended.”

06/02/18: Students learn to be cybersafe on Safer Internet Day

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Education Minister Grace Grace today welcomed improved cybersafety for Queensland state school students by taking part in a Staying Safe Online Skype session at Albany Creek State School. 

“To mark international Safer Internet Day the school’s Year 6 students learnt the latest cybersafety tips from a Kids Helpline counsellor in an online interactive chat,” Ms Grace said. 

“With Queensland leading the national push to improve cybersafety and tackle cyberbullying, it’s appropriate students use the online platform to learn about the medium. 

“It was wonderful to participate with the students this morning and see first-hand how the Skype session went,” Minister Grace said. 

The Palaszczuk Government has approved new measures to tackle bullying and cyberbullying ahead of the issue being on the agenda at COAG this week. 

Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk has committed to establishing a Queensland Anti-Bullying Taskforce to develop a new anti-bullying framework, as well as a public awareness campaign coinciding with the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on 16 March. 

The State Government has also offered an injection of $60,000 to yourtown, which runs Kids Helpline and Parentline. 

Ms Grace said as part of the increased focus on cybersafety and anti-bullying, a cybersafety and reputation management kit would be updated and released to all principals and teachers in Queensland. 

“There will be increased promotion of our Cyber Heroes in primary schools and secondary school students will be given more information on how to clean up their digital footprint,” Ms Grace said. 

“The Education Department’s Cybersafety and Reputation Management team is also available to assist schools to tackle cyberbullying and implement measures to ensure students stay safe online. 

“The team supports schools to respond to instances of inappropriate online behaviours by investigating the incidents in the same way as face-to-face bullying. During 2017, the team resolved more than 300 cybersafety or reputation management related incidents. 

“They also actively seek to shut down social media pages or sites that contain inappropriate, offensive or threatening content involving state school students or staff, with the team successfully removing or altering over 350 pages within the last four years.” 

Team members began visiting schools five years ago and have presented more than 900 cybersafety sessions to more than 120,000 students. 

The visits will continue this year, with sessions in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Bundaberg, Gympie, Toowoomba, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. 

Ms Grace said the Department of Education also protects students from inappropriate websites through the use of special filtering software, which is managed centrally. 

“Our schools also closely monitor students' use of computers to ensure they are not accessing inappropriate sites,” she said. 

Cybersafety resources are available through the Department of Education website at Additional resources are available on the Stay Smart Online website,

For more information about Safer Internet Day, visit

This year Safer Internet Day’s theme is ‘Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you’ and promotes a range of activities to support the safe and positive use of technology. 

05/02/18: Students to spread the anti-bullying news on school walls

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

It’s not often that Queensland students are encouraged to write on the school walls.

This year they will be asked to do just that - to spread the anti-bullying message in the lead up to the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) on March 16.

Education Minister Grace Grace has called on all schools to get involved in the positive campaign by creating message walls as a visible reminder of their commitment to a world free from bullying.

“The Palaszczuk Government is leading the way on a national campaign to tackle bullying and cyberbullying, as announced recently by the Premier,” Ms Grace said.

“I’m pleased to champion this important work in our schooling sector as we work together with stakeholders to raise awareness of bullying and put the search for answers on the national agenda.

“As part of this effort, Queensland schools will take part in the eighth National Day of Action.

“This year, schools are invited to take part in the Imagine a World Free from Bullying activity.

“Schools are being encouraged to download the Imagine activity sheets to create their own message walls.

“Teachers will collect the messages prior to sticking them up on a dedicated anti-bullying wall.”

Minister Grace said student responses and artworks also would be used to create a wall of messages at the State Library of Queensland on the national day.

“So far, almost 700 Queensland schools have registered for the day and I encourage others to register now,” Ms Grace said.

“It’s anticipated that more than 360,000 Queensland students will join close to one million students throughout Australia on the day.

“We want to demonstrate Queensland’s commitment that bullying and violence are never okay, inside or outside the classroom.

“I encourage all students and teachers to make their school an ‘NDA school’ and stand united against bullying and violence on the 2018 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.”

Minister Grace said in support of the positive movement, landmarks such as the Story Bridge, the Victoria Bridge and the Kurilpa Bridge would be lit up in orange for the day.

To register for the NDA, visit   

Kids Helpline (external site) is also available to students needing support or someone to talk to. Kids Helpline can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 55 1800. All calls to the helpline are free.

02/02/18: Investment in early childhood is critical to improving Australia’s education outcomes, independent review finds


Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

State and territory Early Childhood Education Ministers have called on the Commonwealth Government to recognise the clear link between high quality early childhood education and children doing better at school by committing to ongoing, adequate and sustainable funding for early childhood education.

Ministers today welcomed Lifting Our Game, the final report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools through Early Childhood Interventions.

The report shows that children who participate in quality early childhood education have improved school results, are less likely to need additional support in school and are more likely to complete Year 12.

Attendance at preschool is also linked to better health and employment prospects and the benefits are even greater for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

The report highlights that investing in early childhood education will pay off in the long run – with a return of $2 to $4 for every dollar invested.

Over the past decade, Australian governments have worked collaboratively to achieve important early childhood education and care reforms, including the introduction of Universal Access to Early Childhood Education in the year before school and a regulation, assessment and rating system under the National Quality Framework.

Despite this achievement, the Commonwealth Government’s ongoing funding commitment to early childhood education remains uncertain.

The Review’s report notes that there have been five successive short-term National Partnerships to support universal access to early childhood education in the last ten years. This uncertainty hampers effective planning and investment in early childhood education services, and ultimately impacts on outcomes for children.

The independent Review, commissioned by all states and territories, was conducted by Ms Susan Pascoe AM and Professor Deborah Brennan. The report and findings complement the Commonwealth Government's Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools, chaired by Mr David Gonski AC, which is due to report in March 2018.

Further detail on the Review process is attached. The final Review report can be found at

The Review

Leaders of government departments from all states and territories commissioned the independent Review to consider how best to strengthen early childhood education in Australia to foster improved student achievement and whole of life outcomes. The Review was led by Ms Susan Pascoe AM and Professor Deborah Brennan. Further detail on the Reviewers is below.

In addition to considering national and international research and evidence, the Review travelled to each jurisdiction in Australia and met with a range of stakeholder organisations representing educators, employers, unions, parent groups, advocates and health and welfare providers. The Review also met with local and international experts, and leaders of government departments.

The Reviewers

Ms Susan Pascoe AM

Ms Pascoe is President and Chair of the Australian Council for International Development, Chair of the Community Director’s Council and the Principals Australia Institute Certification Advisory Board. 

Ms Pascoe was the inaugural Commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), Australia's first national, independent regulator of charities from 2012–2017. Prior to this appointment, Ms Pascoe was Commissioner of the State Services Authority in Victoria where she chaired regulatory and governance reviews. She was appointed in 2009 as one of three Commissioners for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Black Saturday Bushfires.

Ms Pascoe’s earlier career was in education. She served as President of the Australian College of Educators, CEO of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Chief Executive of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. She chaired the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and has chaired or served on a number of education, health and government boards. 

Ms Pascoe’s significant achievements were acknowledged in 2007 when she was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for service to education. In 2016 she was awarded the Leadership in Government Award for her outstanding contribution to public administration in Australia.

Professor Deborah Brennan

Deborah Brennan is Professor in the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), UNSW. Her research focuses on gender and social policy, especially early childhood education and care, family benefits and parental leave. She is an international expert on the impact of private markets on human services. She works closely with government agencies, non-government organisations and community groups.

Her current research on the connections between care marketisation and reliance of low-paid migrant labour is funded by the Australian Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada. Professor Brennan has provided advice to governments in Australia, Canada and the UK and has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics, Oxford University and Trinity College Dublin. A former president of the Australian Political Science Association and the Inaugural President of the National Association of Community Based Child Care, she is the author of several books and numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and reports on gender, politics and family policy.

29/01/18: Update on response to bullying young Queenslanders


Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan

Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Di Farmer

  • Cabinet approves new measures to boost anti-bullying efforts
  • Stakeholder roundtable meets for input for national plan
  • Bullying on the agenda for COAG meeting on February 9

The Queensland Government has approved new measures to tackle bullying and cyberbullying and their devastating effects on young lives in Queensland, ahead of a stakeholder roundtable meeting today and confirmation bullying will be on the agenda for Australian government leaders next month.

Addressing a stakeholder roundtable, the Premier committed the Government to:

- establishing a Queensland Anti-Bullying Taskforce, which will inform the development of a new anti-bullying framework for Queensland;

- offer an urgent allocation of $60,000 funding to yourtown, which operates the Kids Helpline and Parentline. The Government currently provides more than $1 million for these services; and

- launch a public awareness campaign informing parents and children of anti-bullying initiatives underway across the State with activities to coincide with the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on 16 March.

The Premier said she wanted the stakeholder roundtable to help inform the Government’s preparation of a submission to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra on 9 February. The Federal Government has now confirmed bullying will be on the agenda for the meeting.

The Premier said Cabinet was also briefed on the establishment of a new dedicated Youth Advisory Council and a state-wide survey of school children, between March and June, to collect their stories and experiences of cyberbullying The Queensland Families and Child Commission (QFCC) will establish the Council through the work of a core group of six youth champions and its focus will be on cyberbullying, youth empowerment, out of home care, mental health, youth suicide and disability. QFCC will conduct the survey and lead Queensland’s response to Safer Internet Day on 6 February.

“To ensure the safety, health and happiness of every Queensland child, the Government is rededicating itself to leading the anti-bullying agenda in Australia, and working with children, parents, teachers and the community to address this serious, damaging, and at times deadly, issue,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Today’s roundtable with Queensland stakeholders and Ministers and Members of Parliament, two of whom are former school principals, was an important first step, allowing us to lay critical groundwork on this very complex problem and identify possible solutions.”

The roundtable was briefed by yourtown Chief Executive Officer Tracy Adams and leading adolescent and child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

“Parents and children need our help. It’s not a problem isolated to Queensland or indeed Australia. I am grateful for the Prime Minister’s support to have it on the COAG agenda. We need to work together.”

Young people needing support can contact the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

Parents and carers can call Parentline on 1300 30 1300.

28/01/18: Students to promote teaching Queensland Style

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Students in rural and remote areas will be encouraged to market their communities as great places to live and teach by taking part in a Teach Queensland Style photo competition.

“With more than half of our state schools located in regional, rural and remote locations, we have an ongoing need to recruit state school teachers to these areas,” Education Minister Grace Grace said.

“Having the students involved in the campaign is a great initiative. Who better to say and show what they like about living in a country area,’’ she said.

Ms Grace said the Teach Queensland Style campaign had encouraged beginning and experienced teachers to explore outback Queensland, build new friendships and strengthen their career prospects as teachers.

“Nearly 2000 teachers arrived in regional, rural and remote communities to begin or advance their teaching careers this year in Queensland state schools.

“Initiatives like the Teach Queensland Style campaign have really helped us to attract teachers to apply for positions in regional, rural and remote state schools.

“This includes newly-qualified teachers as well as experienced teachers from other parts of the state, interstate and overseas.

Teachers in the regional, rural and remote area span all subject areas including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), primary, secondary and special needs, along with foreign language teachers, physical education and the arts.

“Students and families living outside major metropolitan areas will certainly benefit from the skills and expertise these teachers bring to their new schools and I know they will be warmly welcomed into their new communities.”

Minister Grace said the Palaszczuk Government offered generous financial incentives and benefits for teachers in rural and remote locations.

“Depending on the location, benefits include subsidised housing, flight allowances, relocation expenses and additional leave entitlements,” Ms Grace said.

“There are also specialised induction programs and greater opportunities for teachers to secure permanent employment or to step up into school leadership positions.

“However, it is the unique experience of teaching Queensland Style that is a significant drawcard.”

Minister Grace said the Teach Queensland Style campaign featured short promotional videos showcasing rural and remote Queensland in all of its glory.

“For teachers who have not had the opportunity to visit these areas, these videos offer a glimpse into the unique experience of teaching in a regional, rural or remote state school,” she said.

“Teaching is an outstanding profession which helps shape our society and contributes to the growth and prosperity of our state.  Teaching offers flexible working conditions and wonderful career and life opportunities.

“With a growing school population and an increased demand for teachers into the future, there has never been a better time to teach.”

Details of the Teach Queensland Style photo competition will be available later in the year.

For more information, visit, subscribe to Teach Queensland News and Jobs and follow @TeachQLD on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

25/01/18: Popular NQ return to work conference open for registration

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

A regular sell-out, the North Queensland Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference at the Ville Resort in Townsville on Friday 20 April is now open for registration.

Featuring high profile keynote speakers such as leading demographer Bernard Salt, the 2018 conference includes injury prevention for the first time, as well as the hottest return to work topics.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the conference is a must for safety and return to work professionals in the north.

“Over 300 people attend this event annually and the feedback has always been very positive,” Ms Grace said.

“This time, workers, employers, health experts and other highly credentialed experts will highlight the latest strategies for getting injured workers back on the job as soon as safely possible.

“And it’s not just about getting injured people back to work. This year there’s a strong focus on injury prevention – making sure employees stay safe and healthy on the job.”

Along with Bernard Salt, other keynote speakers include hand and plastic reconstructive surgeon Dr Cameron Mackay, organisational psychologist Simon Brown-Greaves, neuroscientist Dr Stanley Rodski, and fatigue expert Dr Matthew Thomas.

The conference highlights the latest trends and practices in injury prevention and return to work and features two break-out streams.

It is scheduled for Friday 20 April from 8.30am to 5pm at a cost of $220 per person. There’s also a free networking event the night before (5.30pm – 7.30pm Thursday 19 April) and a breakfast seminar for doctors at 7am on conference day (Friday 20 April).

More information on the North Queensland Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference is available at, or call 1300 362 128.

Book now to avoid disappointment!

22/01/18: Four new state schools to open their doors in 2018


Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Four new state schools will welcome students for the first time this morning as more than 817,000 children from across the State return to classes for 2018, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

The Premier said the four new schools – Baringa State Primary School in Caloundra South, North Shore State School in Townsville, Picnic Creek State School in Coomera East and Yarrabilba State School in Logan where she visited today – would cater initially for 1000 students and represented an investment of more than $170 million.

“These students among the 550,000 students attending 1241 state schools across Queensland today,” the Premier said.

“This represents an increase of almost 9500 students or 1.7% from this time last year.”

Another 267,000 students also will start 2018 at 511 non-state schools across the State.

“My Government is determined to provide the learning environment for Queensland children to excel,” she said.

“That is why we have committed to build 10 new schools including a new secondary school Yarrabilba, employ at least 3700 next teachers and increase our commitment to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and digital technologies in our classrooms.”

“We will build seven new secondary schools, two new primary schools and a special school and start planning for another seven schools. We committed to renew and refurbish 17 high schools and recommit to the $750 million rolling fund to maintain more than 25,000 buildings across our State schools.”

Education Minister Grace said the new schools were located in the fast-growing areas of Townsville, Logan, the Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast.

“Each of these schools has state-of-the-art facilities built with the education needs of their communities in mind,’’ Ms Grace said.

“There has been strong enrolment interest in each of the schools, with more than 300 students set to attend Baringa, around 370 at Yarrabilba, more than 180 at Picnic Creek and 250 expected at North Shore.”

“The schools have been designed to support modern teaching methods and curriculum priorities.

“Yarrabilba State School will have a strong focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, so the school’s learning spaces have been designed to be as flexible as possible.

“Baringa State Primary School has been established as a STEM School of Excellence with a discovery centre, coding and robotics work areas, flexible learning spaces, a recording studio and innovation hubs.

“These new facilities represent a significant investment by the Palaszczuk Government and will be shining examples of state education in these developing communities.

“Our schools are key community assets and these new facilities will provide significant opportunities for learning, sporting and cultural events within these vibrant, rapidly changing areas.

“We are investing in the future of our schools and delivering the facilities our students, and their teachers, need to make the most of their education.”

The Premier said Member for Logan Linus Power has worked tirelessly to secure the primary school at Yarrabilba and had secured a commitment from the Government for a secondary school to be opened in 2020.

Mr Power said the delivery of a new secondary school in Yarrabilba, and the opening of the primary school, was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to give Queensland students the best state education possible, no matter where they live.

“By building a new school in Yarrabilba, we’re giving local children the tools to have a great start in life,” Mr Power said.

 "The Government will invest $60 million to build a new secondary school that will cater for up to 1500 students.”

New schools to be delivered:

New Primary Schools

• Springfield West (last public-private partnership school to be delivered)

• Ripley Valley

New Special School

• Caboolture area

New Secondary Schools

• North Lakes/Mango Hill

• Coomera/Pimpama

• Yarrabilba

• Calliope (West of Gladstone)

• Fortitude Valley Brisbane

• Brisbane Inner City south

• Ripley Valley (Ipswich)


Planning for new schools

Primary Schools

• Palmview

• Logan Reserve

• Shaw (Townsville)

• Mount Peter (Cairns)

Special Schools

• Northern Gold Coast

• Sunshine Coast

Secondary Schools

• Caloundra South


High School Renewal

The 17 high schools across Queensland, all more than 30-years-old, are:

• Aspley State High School

• Bundaberg State High School

• Cairns State High School

• Mansfield State High School

• Mitchelton State High School

• Toowoomba State High School

. Corinda State High School

. Proserpine State High School

• Springwood State High School

• Maryborough State High School

• Indooroopilly State High School

• Tropical North Learning Academy (Smithfield State High School/Trinity Beach

State High School)

• Sarina State High School

• Heatley Secondary College

. Everton Park State High School

• Ferny Grove State High School

18/01/18: 'Every Day Counts’ for success at school in 2018

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Rugby league players Jonathon Thurston and Sam Thaiday know that Every Day Counts. So does Australian Under 21 representative and Queensland Firebird Beryl Friday.

That trio are just some of the sporting stars, who along with Education Minister Grace Grace are reminding parents and carers of Queensland’s primary and high school students how important attending school every day is for their children’s future.

“The best way to ensure our children reap the full benefit from their primary and high school years is to ensure they attend school every day,” Ms Grace said.

“It’s a simple message, but one that we know works.

“We know there is a clear link between school attendance and student performance.

“Each one per cent increase in student attendance may relate to up to three NAPLAN scale score points while missing just one day of school each fortnight amounts to missing more than a year of learning during the course of a student’s school life.

Ms Grace said the Education Department’s very successful Every Day Counts program highlights that improving school attendance is a responsibility shared by students, parents, carers, schools and the community.

“The Every Day Counts resources also help to encourage regular and consistent attendance for Indigenous students.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, in general, have had lower school attendance rates compared to their non-Indigenous peers so we’ve developed a range of targeted strategies to help close the gap.

“In 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ attendance was at 84.8 per cent while non-Indigenous students attended school at 92.2 per cent.          

“In recent years the State Government has engaged some of Queensland’s highest profile sports stars to help promote the Every Day Counts messages, including rugby league players Johnathan Thurston and Sam Thaiday, and netballer Beryl Friday.

“The campaign appeals to young Indigenous students with an animation featuring the adventures of Jimmy and his dog Sam (the voice of Sam Thaiday), a comic book, posters and a dedicated website.

“Just as every training session is important to Sam, JT and Beryl, every day at school is crucial to students,’’ Ms Grace said.

For more information, go to (external site) or visit the Department of Education’s Every Day Counts webpage at

18/01/18: 143,900 jobs created in Queensland since January 2015


Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Acting Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Grace Grace

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed news that 143,900 jobs have been created in Queensland since January 2015.

Ms Palaszczuk said the trend unemployment rate was 5.9% and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6%.

“As the ABS has stated today, ‘the highest annual employment growth rates were in Queensland and Australian Capital Territory (4.6 per cent), followed by New South Wales (3.5 per cent)’,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Since becoming Premier, I have made sure that we have had a strong focus on supporting economic opportunity and jobs growth,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“That’s why we have a four year, $44 billion infrastructure program and why we have successful programs like Skilling Queenslanders for Work and our very successful Back to Work program.

“With a strong stable government, we will continue to deliver economic opportunity and jobs growth for Queensland.”

Acting Treasurer Grace Grace said the figures reinforced the need for strong economic management.

“The LNP have no plans for growing Queensland’s economy. The LNP's only record is one of massive job cuts and spiralling unemployment,” she said.

Under the LNP, the unemployment rate in Queensland reached a record rate of 6.7% and they left Queensland with an unemployment rate of 6.6% when Deb Frecklington was Campbell Newman’s Assistant Treasurer.

17/01/18: Queensland’s consumer sentiment leading the nation

Acting Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Grace Grace

Consumer Sentiment in Queensland leads the nation in January, supported strongly by the continuing job creation of the Palaszczuk Government.

Acting Treasurer Grace Grace said Queensland’s diversified economy has recorded strong employment growth, with more than 100,000 Queenslanders finding a job in the last 12 months.

“The latest Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI) showed a rise of 8.6 per cent in January, to 112.8 which is significantly above the national average of 105.1,” Ms Grace said.

“Queensland’s consumer sentiment index has risen by 17.4 per cent in the last two months, which is an incredible vote of confidence in our State and the Palaszczuk Government’s economic plan.

“Queenslanders are clearly relieved to have a stable hand at the helm of our State’s economy and that is reflected in today’s data from Westpac.

Ms Grace said four out of the five indicators that make up the Consumer Sentiment Index were higher in January.

“The data shows that Queensland’s strong employment growth continues to support consumer confidence,” she said.

“At the last election Queenslanders rejected the instability of the LNP-One Nation Coalition – choosing to keep our State’s economy on the right track.

“Queenslanders know that only a Palaszczuk Government will protect local jobs and ensure that our economy remains strong and secure.”

17/01/18: Road and rail safety plea ahead of school year


Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Acting Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Ryan

The Palaszczuk Government is urging parents, students and other road users to take extra care on roads, particularly around railway crossings, ahead of the start of the 2018 school year next week (Monday, 22 January).

Acting Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Ryan said the Government’s ‘back to school’ safety reminder came after the release of CCTV (external site) footage of near misses at railway crossings throughout 2017 – many of which involved school students or workers dashing to catch their train or to try and beat the boom gates.

“As the school year resumes, roads consequently become busier, and we begin rushing between school drop-offs, work and other commitments, we’re urging parents, students and other road users to be patient and pay attention to the signs, signals and road rules in place, particularly at railway crossings,” he said.

“In 2017, almost 200 near misses with cars, pedestrians or cyclists were reported at railway crossings across Queensland Rail’s network.

“It may seem like a good idea to try and beat the boom gates, or to push through pedestrian gates to try and make your train, but with trains on the Queensland Rail network travelling up to 140 kilometres per hour and unable to quickly stop or swerve, it can take only a matter of seconds for a near miss to turn into a tragedy.

“Absolutely every near miss Queensland Rail experienced last year was avoidable, so we’re urging road users to stay safe in 2018, obey the signs and signals in place and ensure you’re setting the right example for those around you, particularly students who can often be impressionable.

“Last year, Queensland Rail visited more than 120 schools across South East Queensland to educate students on the importance of safety at stations and railway crossings, and the team will soon be hitting the classrooms again to continue to roll out these important messages in 2018.

“Ahead of classes resuming next week, we ask parents to also take the time to ensure their children know how to keep safe on their way to school, particularly if they’re catching public transport, walking or cycling independently to school for the first time.

“I also want to ask motorists travelling home after spending time away during the holidays to avoid the Fatal Five – distraction, speeding, drink and drug driving, failure to wear a seatbelt and driving while fatigued – so they arrive home safely.”

Minister for Education Grace Grace said school zones would recommence from Monday, 22 January, with the return of classes, and she reminded motorists to slow down and be aware of children crossing.

“This is an exciting and anxious time of year for many children starting their first year of school. We want every child – whether it’s their first or last year of school - to get there safely,” she said.

“Drivers can help by slowing down, being aware of pedestrians and adhering to the speed limit.

“Most school zones in Queensland operate between 7am to 9am and 2pm to 4pm but some regional councils have slightly different times, so we encourage people to check the school zone times in their areas.

“The Palaszczuk Government is continuing to invest in the safety of school zones, with more than 775 schools across Queensland now equipped with flashing school zone signs to heighten driver awareness, and a further 100 schools set to receive the technology over the next three years with $4 million allocated to this program in the 2017-18 State Budget.

“We are also continuing to invest in the supervised school crossing scheme, with 1226 crossings at 682 schools across Queensland currently staffed by about 1932 crossing supervisors.”

For more information on Queensland Rail’s Railsmart school education program, visit site)

For more information on school zones and a list of standardised times for each council, visit

Back to school travel tips for parents and carers:

  • Speak with your child about rail safety and the importance of paying attention to signs and signals at railway crossings. Students should never enter a railway crossing if the red lights are flashing or the pedestrian gate is closed.
  • Visit the TransLink Journey Planner to help your child plan their journey to school via public transport, and ensure they have a valid student go card before travelling.
  • If walking or cycling, ensure your child knows the safest route to and from school, with the fewest roads to cross and the least traffic, and teach them to always walk on footpaths.
  • Show your child how to cross at traffic lights when the green 'walk' sign is showing, at pedestrian crossings when vehicles have stopped and at supervised school crossings.
  • Accompany children when walking or riding to school until they are old enough to understand road safety (usually about 10 years or older)
  • If children catch the bus, teach them to never cross in front of or behind a bus; wait until the bus goes before crossing the road.
  • Make sure wheeled devices (bicycle, scooter, skateboard, or rollerblades) used to travel to school are well maintained and that the appropriate protective and safety gear (for example, helmet, visible clothing, knee and elbow pads) are used.
  • Obey school zone speed limits.

15/01/18: 2018 Premier’s Anzac Prize tour winners announced

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace today announced the eight students and two teacher chaperones selected for the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Prize, who will participate in historic centenary commemorations in France this year.

Ms Grace, representing Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk, met with the prize winners today at the State Library of Queensland at which students are participating in a two-day Young Historians’ Workshop to prepare for their trip to the site of the Western Front in April.

“These eight remarkable students, presented outstanding multimedia entries illustrating the Anzac spirit to be selected for this year’s Premier’s Anzac Prize,” Ms Grace said.

“This year marks 100 years since the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on Anzac Day in 1918. The students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the historic centenary commemorative dawn service at the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.

“They also will be among the first visitors to the new Sir John Monash Centre Australian National Memorial, which has been established at Villers-Bretonneux as a lasting legacy of the Centenary of Anzac.

“Through the Premier’s Anzac Prize, students have the opportunity to honour the Anzac tradition in a personal way by researching and writing about service people from their local area, or who may have enlisted at the same age as they are.

“This award has effectively engaged our younger generation in understanding the Anzac tradition and how the Anzac spirit is instilled in the Australian way of life.”

Ms Grace said the Premier’s Anzac Prize had given more than 100 participants a life-changing experience since its inception in 2013.

“The program has had a profound influence on its participants and the wider community,” she said.

The judging panel for the Anzac Prize included representatives of the Australian Defence Force, Returned and Services League, history teachers and the Department of Education.

“I thank all members of the judging panel for their time and expertise and the two teacher chaperones for the part they will play in supporting students during their journey,” she said.

For further information including video and photo galleries of past tours go to

Student winners of the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Prize

  • Shana Coyle                       St Monica’s College, Cairns
  • Tyla Craven-Griffiths           Kirwan State High School
  • Jack Frey                           St Teresa’s Catholic College
  • Isabelle Jardine                  Clayfield College
  • Isaac Mabo-Edwards           Pimlico SHS
  • Fenlan Miller                       All Saints Anglican School
  • Harry Packwood                  Shalom College
  • Lillian Ward                        Tannum Sands SHS

Teacher chaperones

  • Jodi Pallett                           Tannum Sands SHS
  • Tim McMahon                       Christian Outreach College Toowoomba

15/01/18: Travel made easier for new Baringa students

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Students at one of Queensland’s newest primary schools will have access to public transport from Day 1.

 Baringa State Primary School, in Caloundra South, is expected to welcome more than 200 students when it starts the school year on 22 January, Education Minister Grace Grace said today.

 “While students will need to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings, knowing they will have a bus service to get them to and from school will make the start to their new school year that much easier,’’ Ms Grace said.

 While enrolment numbers are yet to be finalised, about 35 families have expressed interest in using public transport for their children to travel to and from the school.

 “Feedback from parents was that they saw a need for a bus service for the new school and we have listened and provided that service,” Ms Grace said.

 Two new bus stops will be built to accommodate the extension of the existing Route 603 service.

 TransLink has accommodated the route extension by running 10 minutes earlier on one AM and one PM service each weekday.

 The current service will be in place as TransLink gauges demand in the new development area.

 “TransLink will continue to take on customer feedback and provide services where they are most needed,” Ms Grace said.

 For more information on school public transport, go to download the MyTransLink app or call 13 12 30.

08/01/18: 2018 state school term dates and holidays

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Education Minister Grace Grace has reminded parents and carers there is just two weeks until the new school year begins.

Ms Grace said Term 1, 2018, would start on 22 January, prior to the Australia Day public holiday, as was the case in 2017.

“I hope everyone is enjoying a well-deserved, restful break so they can return to school feeling refreshed and ready to learn,” Ms Grace said.

Queensland state school term dates for 2018:

  • Term 1:           Monday 22 January - Thursday 29 March.        
  • Term 2            Tuesday 17 April - Friday 29 June.
  • Term 3:           Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September. 
  • Term 4:           Monday 8 October - Friday 14 December.

“Independent and Catholic schools base their holidays on the state school dates but can vary from school to school,’’ Ms Grace said.

“I suggest families of students who attend non-state schools, check with their individual school offices or websites for term dates.”

State school teachers will return to work on Thursday-Friday (January 18-19) for professional development.

Ms Grace said parents also should note Term 2 dates, which have been altered slightly to take into account transport logistics for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“The Games will be held from April 4-15, representing a significant and long-awaited event for Queensland. Term 2 will start on Tuesday 17 April.

“To ensure the best use of this additional holiday time for students, teachers will be able to access an extra day of professional development on Monday 16 April.

“The Department made the decision to delay the Term 2 commencement date following consultation with P&Cs Queensland, relevant unions and principals’ associations.

“For the purposes of planning end of year holidays, parents of older students should note 16 November is the final date for Year 12 attendance and 30 November is the final date for attendance by students in Years 10 and 11.”

For further information visit:

05/01/18: Calls to protect our schools during the summer holidays

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

Education Minister Grace Grace is urging community members to continue keeping a close watch on schools over the holidays to help protect them from would-be thieves, vandals and arsonists. 

“We might be over half-way through the holidays but we need to remain vigilant because our schools are our most precious community assets and we all have a role to play in keeping them safe,” Ms Grace said. 

“We are calling on vigilant community members to report anything suspicious they may see or hear at our schools over the holidays. 

“Of course we also have a range of targeted measures in place to protect our schools over the holidays, including intruder detection devices, alarms and 24-hour monitoring and surveillance by police, Protective Services and private security firms. 

“School security patrols will be a regular sight in many areas throughout the state during the summer break. 

“In 2017-18 the State Government has allocated more than $9 million to the School Security Program to help reduce security-related incidents in schools.” 

Ms Grace said the School Watch Hotline received 844 reports in 2017, or an average of 70 reports per month from diligent community members, who reported suspicious activities in school grounds. 

“Attentive residents and community members provide an invaluable boost to our existing security measures,” she said. 

“Recently a passer-by reported a fire at Gatton State School by calling the School Watch hotline, which then led to Emergency Services being alerted. 

“This man’s very early actions meant fire crews were able to respond quickly to prevent the fire from spreading throughout the entire classroom block. 

“I would encourage others to also call the School Watch Hotline on 13 17 88 or police if they notice anything suspicious. 

“We don’t want taxpayers’ significant investment in our school buildings compromised by vandalism, resulting in further investment to rectify needless damage. 

“More importantly, we want our communities to remain safe and secure for people living in close proximity to schools and for staff and students who use these facilities during the school year.” 

The School Watch Hotline is 13 17 88 and the service is operated 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. 

Queensland state schools will be closed until Sunday 21 January 2018.

15/12/17: Largest ever group of Year 12 graduates to receive results and OPs tomorrow

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

The wait is nearly over for Year 12 graduates as the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) releases final results and OPs online this Saturday.

Certificates will arrive in the post from early next week.

Education Minister Grace Grace said a record 53,098 young people had completed Year 12 and could look forward to pursuing rewarding work, training and further education options.

“An incredible 93 per cent of Year 12 graduates have achieved a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE),” Ms Grace said.

“The QCE recognises attainment in school courses, vocational education and training, workplace learning and university subjects. It shows universities, training providers and employers that a young person worked consistently and to a high standard in senior schooling.

“I congratulate the class of 2017 on its outstanding performance, and thank the teachers who play such an important role in supporting Queensland students to achieve consistently impressive results.”

Ms Grace said graduates should not be disheartened if they don’t get the results they are hoping for.

“Graduates who are disappointed still have lots of options. They can upgrade their results or explore other ways to gain entry to university and training courses,” she said.

QCAA Chief Executive Officer Chris Rider said Certificates of Academic Commendation would be sent to 953 graduates who received Very High Achievement (VHA) in at least 24 semesters of Authority subjects (the equivalent of six VHAs).

“The commendation is the first category to be awarded in the annual Queensland Certificate of Education Achievement Awards,” Mr Rider said.

“Winners in a further six categories — including Queensland’s highest achieving student —will be announced in February.”

Year 12 graduates can access their results and OPs from 9:00 am on Saturday 16 December using their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and password to log into their account on QCAA’s Student Connect website (external site).

Anyone who has questions about their results can call Student Connect hotline on 1800 804 991.

Fast facts

  • 53,098 students will receive a Senior Education Profile — 1485 more than last year
  • 49,649 students will receive a Queensland Certificate of Education — 1594 more than last year
  • 93% of students achieved a QCE — the same percentage as last year
  • 26,859 students will receive a Tertiary Entrance Statement (showing their OP) — 557 more than last year
  • 753 students will receive an OP1 — 13 more than last year
  • 22,121 students will receive an OP between 1 and 15 — 718 more than last year
  • 953 students will receive a Certificate of Academic Commendation for Very High Achievement in the equivalent of at least six Authority subjects (i.e. at least 24 semesters at VHA standard) — 45 more than last year
  • 32,078 students achieved a VET Certificate I, II, III or IV qualification — 3439 more than last year
  • 1756 students studied a university subject while still at school — 99 more than last year
  • 968 students with learning impairments were awarded a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement —91 more than last year

No further statements during current Palaszczuk Government.