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About Us

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) is the peak body representing Queensland's independent schooling sector. Independent Schools Queensland represents the interests of member schools, fosters choice in education and protects the autonomy of independent schools.

We are a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting and supporting the interests of our more than 200 member schools, which have the vital role of educating more than 120,000 students, or 15% of Queensland’s school enrolments. Membership to ISQ is voluntary and open to all not-for-profit, non-government schools in Queensland.

All program areas and services at Independent Schools Queensland seek to enhance the knowledge, skills, strategies and practices of schools and empower them to confidently shape their school’s future; build board, principal and teaching capability and capacity; and improve outcomes for students at every achievement level.

Supporting choice & diversity

Independent Schools Queensland celebrated 50 years of supporting choice and diversity in 2018. Throughout 2018, ISQ celebrated the achievements of the sector and reflected on the organisation’s contribution to independent schooling by way of a Celebratory Dinner, video, historical microsite and commemorative book.

Our mission 
Promote, support and develop independent schooling in Queensland.

Our vision 
Innovative leadership in advocating for and supporting excellence in independent schooling.

Our mission, vision and strategic priorities are outlined further in the ISQ Strategic Plan.


Service to members

  • Advocating for and promoting the interests of independent schools to government and the community
  • Providing leadership and support to achieve excellent education outcomes
  • Representing the independent sector on more than 100 boards, committees and advisory groups
  • Providing specialist advice
  • Offering professional learning opportunities and resources for school staff
  • Administering government programs for schools
  • Commissioning research on important educational matters
  • Providing schools access to group schemes and agreements.

Read more about our diverse member schools in the latest Membership Report.

Flagship Programs

Governance Services 

Information about our Governance Services flagship program that offers tailored services and professional development to support school boards and leadership teams to govern effectively and confidently. 

Great Teachers in Independent Schools 

Information about our Great Teachers in Independent Schools flagship program – a comprehensive suite of programs and services that are empowering schools to deliver sustainable practices to lead and develop their teachers and school leaders.

Our Schools – Our Future 

Information about our flagship program Our Schools – Our Future. Through this program Independent Schools Queensland is promoting informed public policy debate on the issues affecting our members. 

Self-Improving Schools

Through the Self-Improving Schools flagship program, ISQ works with schools to develop and implement evidence-based strategies for improvement. Our Self-Improving Schools program is empowering independent schools to confidently shape their future.

Other related bodies

Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority (QIS BGA), wholly owned by Independent Schools Queensland Ltd trading as Independent Schools Queensland, is a not-for-profit company that receives and distributes capital funds to independent schools in Queensland on behalf of the Australian and Queensland Governments.

Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network (QISPN) is the representative body for the parents and carers of children attending independent schools. It is governed by a board of directors and is supported by ISQ.

ISQ is a member of the Independent Schools Council of Australia, the national peak body for independent schooling in Australia.

Latest News & Events

ISQ Big Ideas Summit

29 July 2019 - Queensland independent schools are showcasing how education is being disrupted and classroom practice transformed at a major curriculum innovation summit today.

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ISQ Briefings - July 2019

23 July 2019 - Executive Director David Robertson looks at the intent and relevance of a declaration (such as the Melbourne Declaration) for schooling, while Director (Strategic Relations) Shari Armistead and Design & Creative Sarah Heath examine design thinking as a solution to the 'wicked problem' of school education.

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