What are Queensland term dates for 2018?

1 Monday 22 January – Thursday 29 March 10 weeks
2 Tuesday 17 April - Friday 29 June 11 weeks
3 Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September 10 weeks
4 Monday 8 October - Friday 14 December 10 weeks


What are the staff professional development days for 2018?

  • 18, 19 January 
  • 11, 12, 13, 16 April (flexible)
  • 22 October (flexible).

Queensland state school students will get an extra day of holiday next year (16 April 2018), following the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. This decision was announced by Education and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones to allow school buses, which are to be used during the games, to return to regional areas.

For teachers and principals, this means that, in 2018 only, the usual three flexible teacher professional development days in the autumn break will become four days. The usual procedures apply for performance of duties on flexible teacher professional development days, and consultation will be required at each workplace to determine how this additional day will be completed.

Schools can decide when they undertake the required hours for professional development for the flexible days, as long as they are on the flexible days, in the school holidays or out of school hours, e.g. twilight sessions.

Schools should by now have managed to review/negotiate their arrangements for the 2018 flexible SFDs through consultation via the LCC. Arrangements should be finalised by the end of the year and communicated to regional offices.

Dates and times should be defined and published for teachers, including those coming in on transfer, relocation or as temporary engagements.

The 2018 school calendar can be accessed at http://education.qld.gov.au/public_media/calendar/pdf/2018-school-calendar.pdf

Transfer review timelines – reminder

Thu, 14 September - Teacher transfers were released.
Wed, 11 October - Local level review process finalised.
Tue, 17 October  - Deadline for lodging transfer/non-transfer appeal with regional office.
Tue, 31 October - Notification of regional office appeal (internal review) outcomes.
On or before Tue, 21 November - Deadline for external appeal lodgement. NB. This date is based on the assumption that teachers receive the outcome of the regional appeal on 31 October. The external appeal deadline is 21 days from the date the second stage/regional appeal outcome is received.

Further information on the transfer appeal process can be found at www.qtu.asn.au/transfer-appeal

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 122 No 7, 6 October 2017, p29