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Design Standards for DETE Facilities

The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) delivers and maintains educational facilities for people of all ages, from children to adults, and from a diverse range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds. DETE educational facilities include schools, TAFE institutes, early childhood centres and kindergarten services across Queensland. This asset base is constantly upgraded and improved to continue to deliver quality learning facilities for state education.

The Design Standards for DETE Facilities have been developed, in consultation with a number of stakeholders, to assist design consultants and delivery professionals in the design of inclusive, safe, healthy and environmentally sustainable educational facilities which provide optimum functionality for the users and the flexibility to adapt over time to modern pedagogies. The Design Standards detail key educational facility design requirements which support the Department's aim in delivering high quality, fit for purpose and future focused educational facilities.

The Design Standards for DETE Facilities sets the framework for a consistent approach to the delivery of innovative and cost effective educational facilities and form part of a suite of briefing documents.

Amendments and Enquiries

The Design Standards for DETE Facilities are maintained and periodically updated by Capital Works Delivery, Infrastructure Services Branch, Brisbane.

To comment on the application and use of the Design Standards, please provide us with feedback, as necessary.

Design Standards for DETE Facilities - Version Control

Section 1 Introduction Version 2.0
Section 2 General Design Principles and Standards Version 2.0
Section 3 Ecologically Sustainable Development Standards Version 2.0
Section 4 Site Infrastructure Design Standards Version 2.0
Section 5 Building Design Standards Version 2.0
Section 6 Project Delivery Process Version 1.03
Master Planning Version 1.1
Landscape Design Requirements Version 1.0
Landscape Management for Education Queensland Schools Version 1.0
Schools Standard Air-Conditioning Specification Version 2
Guide Notes for Schools Tenderers and Installers Version 1.0
Security Design Requirements Version 12.0
School Electronic Security Systems Version 2009.1
Security Fencing Specification Version 3.0
Alarm System Monitoring Version 2.0
Network Infrastructure Procedures and Standards (DNIPS) Part A (Policy) Version 3.0
Network Infrastructure Procedures and Standards (DNIPS) Part B (Technical Standard) Version 3.0

Design Standards for DETE Facilities

Section 1 Introduction

Provides an overview of the Design Standards for DETE Facilities purpose, sections within the standards, outlines the strategic intent, education outputs, strategic facility outcomes, learning spaces for the future and application of standards.

Design Standards for DETE Facilities - Section 1 Introduction V2.0 Adobe PDF document150K

Section 2 General Design Principles and Standards

Provides an overview of the broader contextual issues related to elements such as legislation and regulations, community use, aesthetics, economy, functionality, health and safety, and technology.

Design Standards for DETE Facilities - Section 2 General Design Principles and Standards V2.0 Adobe PDF document478K

Section 3 Ecologically Sustainable Development Standards

Provides an overview of the principles associated with sustainability, including conservation of resources, reduction of emissions and recycling of materials.

Design Standards for DETE Facilities - Section 3 Ecologically Sustainable Development Standards V2.0 Adobe PDF document480K

Section 4 Site Infrastructure Design Standards

Provides an overview of the site specific planning elements in relation (but not limited) to master planning concepts, site analysis and survey, environmental assessment and landscape survey, site usage, climatic assessment and building orientation, zonal and building separation, and site clearing and conservation.

Design Standards for DETE Facilities - Section 4 Site Infrastructure Design Standards V2.0 Adobe PDF document775K

Section 5 Building Design Standards

Provides an overview of the building specific requirements through an entire DET facility, inclusive of functionality and flexibility, access, egress and circulation, amenities, relocatable buildings and food preparation areas.

Design Standards for DETE Facilities - Section 5 Building Design Standards V2.0 Adobe PDF document749K

Section 6 Project Delivery Process

Provides an overview of the broader contextual issues related to elements such as legislation and regulations, community use, aesthetics, economy, functionality, health and safety, and technology.

Design Standards for DETE Facilities - Section 6 Project Delivery Process V1.03 Adobe PDF document139K

Master Planning

The purpose of Master Planning in schools is to provide a logical development strategy, which supports the service delivery requirements of the school. Master planning must combine both educational and facility planning. Planning must of course also be in accordance with corporate objectives and policies and sensibly address resourcing constraints.

Design Standards for DETE Facilities - Master Planning V1.1 Adobe PDF document1.2M

Landscape Design Requirements for Education Queensland School Grounds

The Landscape Design Requirements relate to the Facilities Design Requirements for Education Queensland School Facilities, including school Master Planning Requirements and supplementary Ecologically Sustainable Development Requirements.

Design Standards for DETE Facilities - Landscape Design Requirements for Education Queensland School Grounds Adobe PDF document743K

Landscape Management for Queensland Schools booklet

This publication is intended to be used by principals, school staff and students, as well as by P&C Committees and other community support organisations, to ensure a holistic, yet practical, approach when considering improvements and maintenance of school grounds.

Design Standards for DETE Facilities - Landscape Management for Education Queensland Schools Adobe PDF document2.4M

Air-Conditioning Specification

Schools installing air-conditioning need to ensure that systems comply with a Department of Education and Training's "Standard Air-conditioning Specification (Version 2). Guide notes are also available to assist schools with the process of calling tenders for air-conditioning projects.

Schools Standard Air-Conditioning Specification Adobe PDF document3.2M

Guide Notes for Schools Tenderers and Installers Adobe PDF document668K

Security Specifications

The security design requirements and specifications relate to electronic and physical security for reference during capital works projects, retrofits and minor upgrades to schools. These requirements incorporate the concepts of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

Alarm System Monitoring

State Government Security (SGS) has developed the following documentation requirements as a prerequisite for SGS to take over alarm system monitoring.

Network Infrastructure Procedures and Standards

These documents outline the standards to which all network cabling and supporting infrastructure within Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment environments shall be installed and the procedures and processes to follow.

The first document (Part A) outlines details the procedures necessary to ensure all ICT cabling and supporting infrastructure in DETE environments are installed in accordance with the departmental standard.

Network Infrastructure Procedures and Standards - Part A Adobe PDF document1.6M

Part B sets the standards to which all network cabling and supporting infrastructure in DETE environments shall be installed. This document is intended for those personnel directly involved with the installation of ICT cabling on DETE premises.

Network Infrastructure Procedures and Standards - Part B Adobe PDF document3.5M

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