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Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 – 8 September 2016

Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2006 – 25 November 2016

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There is an obligation on parents to enrol their children who turn 6 years and 6 months on 31 December in a State or non-State school for the relevant year where this age is reached. Parents also have an obligation to ensure their children’s school attendance. Schooling is compulsory until the completion of year 10.

  • Sections 10, 176, 177, 201, 204, 230, 231, 234, 235, 239, 240; Regulations 16, 65

The government may establish primary, secondary and special education schools.

  • Section 13

The government must investigate complaints relating to State schools.

  • Sections 8, 46, Schedule 4

Education in Queensland State schools is generally free for Australian citizens. To enrol in a State school, an application must be made to the school’s principal.

  • Sections 49, 50, 51, 52, 55, 56, 155, 155A, 168, 171,  172, 175, 276; Regulation 69, 70, Schedule 5 of the Regulation

Parents may enrol their child in pre-preparatory learning programs where the child is at least 4 years 6 months on 31 December in the year proposed for enrolment.

  • Sections 419A, 419B; Regulation 71, Schedule 5A

Preparatory year enrolment may occur where the child is at least 5 years 6 months on 31 December in the year proposed for enrolment. Note: Such preparatory learning may be necessary for year 1 enrolment – see sections 156 and 175M of the Act and the definition of ‘attributes’ in Schedule 4 of the Act.

  • Sections 8, 156, 175M, Schedule 4; Regulation 15

Reports and parent-teacher discussions in relation to a child’s performance are to occur at least twice a year.

  • Sections 424, 425
Reason for law

To make available to each Queensland child or young person a high quality education. (Section 5)

Relevant links

Education Queensland

Find a school

Education facilities in Queensland

Enrolment in State Primary, Secondary and Special Schools

Completing your high school education

Scholarships and awards

Strategies, policies and initiatives

Policy and Procedure Register

Statistics and Information

Parents and Citizens’ Associations

P&C Qld

Queensland College of Teachers

Life Education Queensland

The Smith Family
Sponsor a Child

Variety – The Children’s Charity

Classroom resources [Oxfam]

MAKEIT Workshop Plans [The Edge]

What’s in a Name [ICSM]

Classroom resources [ReachOut.Com]

Youth Without Borders

Breaking the Silence Schools Program [White Ribbon]

Kid’s helpline
Parentsline Services [Kid’s helpline]
Search for a Service [Kid’s helpline]
Teacher resources [Kid’s helpline]


Business Educators’ Association of Qld (BEAQ)
Royal Geographical Society of Queensland
The Royal Society of Queensland [Science]
Inspiring Australia [Science]
Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Australian Mathematics Trust
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) 

YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament

The Children’s Book Council of Australia

Summer Reading Club


Rosie – Respect

Teen Rescue Foundation

eSafety [Australian Government]
I need help with Cyberbullying
Poster Campaign

Crash Override [Online Abuse Help]

Reach Out

Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN)

My Skills – Search for a (non-university) course [Department of Industry]

Parenting, Eating & Activity for Child Health [PEACH]

Safe Schools Coalition

Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association (QSPA)


The Foundation for Young Australians

Whole New World

Code Club Australia


Queensland STEM Education Network

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

Parliamentary Education Office (PEO)

Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT)

Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

English-Speaking Union

Global Partnership for Education

United Nations World Food Programme

Suggested links


The New Kid


Austern International

Scooter Tutor

Education International

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)

Australian Centre for Robotic Vision

Batyr (Mental Health)

Reword [Tool]

Immerse Academy

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Should gifted students go to a separate school?

Selective schools increasingly cater to the most advantaged students

5 lessons for Australia from the world’s best education systems


Sections 46 and 420 could be amended to apply to both State and non-State schools.

Section 280 contains the phrase ‘nolle prosequi’. This phrase may not be understood by members of the public.

Regulation 33 refers exclusively to the Bible. It does not refer to the books of other religions.

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