Education Queensland

About the department

The Department of Education and Training is committed to ensuring Queenslanders have the education and skills they need to contribute to the economic and social development of Queensland.

The department delivers world-class education and training services for people at every stage of their personal and professional development. We are also committed to ensuring our education and training systems are aligned to the state's employment, skills and economic priorities.


Boards, councils and committees

Read the minutes and outcomes of the department's boards, councils and committees.


Education history

Queensland's first school opened in 1826 with 16 pupils, the children of soldiers and convicts from the first settlement in Moreton Bay. It was not until 1860, however, that the first Education Act was proclaimed and all primary education was placed under one general and comprehensive system controlled by the Board of General Education.


DET organisational structure

Key priority areas:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Student and School Performance
  • Curriculum Implementation (Teaching and Learning)
  • Training and Skilling Queensland
  • Building the Education Revolution (capital works in Queensland schools)
  • Workforce Reform (additional literacy and numeracy teachers and teacher aides)
  • Policy Development