Education

Education

From Monday 11 May, Kindergartens, Prep, Years 1, 11 and 12 returned to school.

From 25 May, Years 2-10 returned to school.

Find out more about the Queensland school holiday and term dates.

For further information visit: Education Queensland, or Frequently Asked Questions.

Vulnerable students, or students of essential workers

Children of essential workers, vulnerable children and children in designated Indigenous communities have been attending school since the April break. This will continue. Parents are encouraged to contact their school to ensure the necessary arrangements are in place for these students.

Student health and wellbeing

Supporting students' mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic is a priority. Resources have been developed to assist parents and carers to talk to their children about Coronavirus and support their wellbeing including COVID-19 advice for parents and carers (PDF, 151kb), an animation and book for young children.

For more information

Early childhood education and care

Early childhood education and care is crucial to continuing the education of our children, and to enable Queenslanders to continue to work and support the broader community.

Long day care will remain open as normal, including long day care services who offer an approved kindergarten program.

All other education and care services such as family day care and outside school hours care will remain open unless advised by Queensland Health.

For more information visit:

Universities, Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training facilities

Higher Education

Universities continue to move operations online and introduce flexible tuition options as part of the enormous national effort to slow community transmission of COVID-19, as well as protecting those most vulnerable to the pandemic.

Due to the current ban on non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, universities have planned for a wide range of contingencies, including restrictions on internal gatherings, and have announced immediate, practical changes.

These include:

  • restricting face-to-face teaching
  • working to ensure as many lectures and tutorials as possible are available online
  • tailoring the physical learning environment to meet the new social distancing guidelines
  • assessing whether practical classes and laboratory sessions need to be amended or rescheduled and
  • adjusting the academic calendar, including rescheduling graduation ceremonies, exams and assessments

Specific requirements are in place for people who have returned from overseas or think they may have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

See the Australian Government Department of Health website for the list of at-risk countries and isolation requirements.

Is your higher education provider open?

Please visit your higher education website to confirm if your university remains open.

If the university’s semester has commenced, the person affected should notify their lecturer or tutor of their circumstance to determine whether alternate arrangements for remote learning can be temporarily put in place.

University administrators should review what mechanisms for remote learning they have in place that could be adapted to accommodate people in this circumstance keeping in mind the isolation period, provided the person remains well, is a maximum of 14 days.

Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training (VET) covers a wide range of careers and industries, including trade and office work, retail, hospitality and technology.

Is your VET facility open?

Please visit your local VET provider’s website to confirm if it remains open.

If the VET facility semester has commenced, the person affected should notify their contact of their circumstance to determine whether alternate arrangements for remote learning can be temporarily put in place.

In many cases, VETs are transitioning courses to digital delivery. However, due to the practical and/or technical nature of our programs, this may not be possible in all situations.

VET administrators should review what mechanisms for remote learning they have in place that could be adapted to accommodate people in this circumstance keeping in mind the isolation period, provided the person remains well, is a maximum of 14 days.

If unwell, staff and students should be excluded from attending the VET until they are assessed by their primary care provider. The primary care provider will liaise with the local public health authority to determine when it is safe for them to return to usual activities.

More information:

International students

Student welfare is a top priority for Study Queensland and the Queensland Government. In response to the global challenges of COVID-19, the Queensland Government has invested in additional services for students so they remain informed and supported during this global challenge. View Queensland's student support services.

If you are a student visa holder in Queensland, please read this important information.

Online

Queensland student hubs are providing online student support and counselling services. You can contact your local student hub for more information:

Over the phone

If you cannot access a Queensland Student Hub, you can call 1800QSTUDY (1800 778 839) at any time.

Useful links

To stay up to date with the latest information surrounding COVID-19, visit:

Last updated:
21 May 2020
Last reviewed:
21 May 2020