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About Us

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

All ISQ program areas and services 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.

ISQ is a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting and supporting the interests of the organisation’s 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. ISQ's mission, vision and strategic priorities are outlined in the ISQ Strategic Plan.

Our mission

Promote, support and develop independent schooling in Queensland.

Our vision

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

What we do

ISQ offers a wide range of services to member schools, including:

  • 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 140 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.

Flagship Programs

Read more about ISQ's 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 this 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

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

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.

Independent Schools Council of Australia

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

Upcoming Events

Funding Certainty for Schools

20 September 2018 - Independent Schools Queensland says the school funding package announced by the Australian Government today provides vital short-term funding certainty for independent schools and also outlines a roadmap for the future.

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Celebrating the Sector's First HALTs

7 September 2018 - Queensland’s independent schooling sector last night celebrated the accomplishments of 25 exceptional educators who have confirmed their places among the nation’s top guns of teaching.

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The impact of the Parental Income Tax measure

16 October 2018 - ISQ ED David Robertson discusses the potential impact of the Parental Income Tax (PIT) measure on funding for the sector. Meanwhile ISQ Director (Strategic Relations), Shari Armistead, together with Senior Advisor (Public Affairs), Justine Nolan examines the power of parental engagement in educational performance.

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