Independent Schooling

Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision.

That’s why it’s important to start thinking about schools early and to research the different options available in your local area.

Queensland’s education system is made up of three schooling sectors – independent schools, Catholic schools and state schools.

About 120,000 students attend Queensland independent schools – that’s about 15 percent of the state’s total school-age population.

There are more than 200 independent schools located in communities across the state. They include co-educational schools, girls-only and boys-only schools, boarding schools and schools for students with disability, disengaged students and students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

Independent schools serve a diverse range of students and offer parents a broad choice of schooling options, from faith-based schools to schools founded on a particular education philosophy such as Montessori or Steiner.

Independent schools are generally governed, managed and accountable at the school level, allowing them to operate autonomously and to be responsive to the needs of their local communities. However, there are also some independent schools that operate within a mutually supportive school system based on faith or cultural affiliations.

What is common to independent schools is their commitment to providing the children in their care with a quality education and support in a disciplined, respectful and welcoming environment.

Discover more about the independent schools in your area by visiting their websites, taking a school tour or attending an Open Day.

How are independent schools governed?

All independent schools must be accredited to operate and have their governing body approved through the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board

How are they funded?

Independent schools are majority funded by parents paying tuition fees with additional assistance provided by the Australian and Queensland Governments. The Parents Network has prepared this funding fact sheet.

Enrolling my child

Schools have specific enrolment procedures. You should speak directly with the independent school or schools you would like your child to attend to learn more about their procedures, requirements and timeframes for applications.

Reporting to parents

It’s a requirement for all schools in Queensland to provide parents with regular updates on their child’s progress at school. The Parent Network has created a parent guide to help parents better understand how their children are assessed and how their achievement is reported on.

Helpful links:

Find an independent school in your local area | Link

What is independent schooling in Queensland? | Download

Learn about how independent schools support students who have disengaged from mainstream schooling | Download

Learn how independent schools support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students | Download

Learn how independent schools support students with disability | Download