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Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

An education and settlement program funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for new immigrants and refugees, providing English language teaching, counselling and support services.


AgForce Queensland represents Queensland's rural producers, and strives to ensure the long-term growth, viability, competitiveness and profitability of broad acre industries of cattle, grain, sheep and wool in Queensland.


A system of training regulated by law or custom which combines on-the-job training and work experience while in paid employment and formal off-the-job training.

Apprenticeships Info Service

An initiative of the Queensland Government's Queensland Skills Plan 2006, it provides Queenslanders with free advice, referrals and support about apprenticeship, traineeship and training options.

AS/NZ ISO 14001:1996

An Australian New Zealand Standard relating to the environment that provides a framework for a strategic approach to an organisation's environmental policy.

Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

The national industry association for independent providers of post-compulsory education and training for Australian and international students including: higher education, VET, English language courses, senior secondary studies and foundation studies.

Australian Early Development Index (AEDI)

A research tool used to pinpoint the strength of individual community resources and services as well as what can be improved. It comprises a checklist completed by early childhood teachers. It covers the five developmental areas of: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, communication skills and general knowledge.

Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB)

Provides a graded system of examinations in music, speech and drama, as well as syllabuses, educative services and other publications, to teachers, examiners and candidates.

Australian Pacific Technical College (APTC)

An initiative of the Australian Government to deliver training at centres in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea, including automotive, construction, electrical and manufacturing trades.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

A comprehensive nationally consistent framework incorporating all qualifications recognised in post-compulsory education throughout Australia. The framework identifies six levels in the vocational education and training sector: Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma.

Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF)

The nationally agreed recognition arrangements for the vocational education and training sector. The Australian Quality Training Framework is based on a quality assured approach to the registration of training organisations seeking to deliver training, assess competency outcomes and issue Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statements of Attainment, and ensures the recognition of training providers and the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statements of Attainment they issue, across Australia.

Australian Sign Language (Auslan)

Auslan is the sign language used by the Australian Deaf and non-vocal communities. Auslan is related to British Sign Language, although not identical to it.

Aviation Australia

The Centre of Excellence established by the Government in 2001 to provide skills development for the aviation and aerospace industries.

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Believe Achieve Succeed strategy

A support strategy for schools, school leaders, teachers and other school staff to inspire students and maximise opportunities for success. Promoting stronger partnerships with families, local businesses, community agencies and universities are essential as we focus on a holistic approach to improving student learning outcomes.

Bound for Success

Introduced in 2005 to support communities in the Torres Strait to improve educational outcomes for their children and young people.

Building the Education Revolution

Building the Education Revolution (BER) is a $16.2 billion federal government investment over three financial years, beginning 2008-09, as part of its Economic Stimulus Plan. BER will provide educational infrastructure to meet the needs of students in primary and secondary schools.

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An employment arrangement by which an employer undertakes to subsidise an employee's formal training leading to certain qualifications. The employee is usually required to remain with the employer for a specified period after completion of their training.

Centres of Excellence

A partnership between industry and government to provide a proactive coordinated response to skills shortages and to meet labour market needs. Developed under the Queensland Skills Plan 2006, the current Centres of Excellence service the aviation, mining, building and construction, manufacturing and engineering and energy industries.

Children of people from non-English speaking backgrounds

Equity and diversity group identifying the children of people who have migrated to Australia and whose first language is a language other than English.

Competency, unit of

A component of a competency standard. A competency standard is a document that specifies in a structured format how people should perform a job or work role. A unit of competency is a statement of a key function or role in a particular job or occupation.

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)

The construction industry's centre of excellence; supporting both career seekers and employers within the building and construction industry.

Corporate and Professional Services (CAPS)

A shared service provider of professional and corporate support services to state schools, TAFE institutes and corporate business areas within the Department of Education and Training, including human resources, ICT, capital works, maintenance, financial and legal advice.

Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW)

A method of collecting, validating and linking data from multiple source systems for the purpose of strategic analysis and reporting on EQ business performance measures for students, schools and the organisation as a whole, and providing easy access to and interpretation of corporate data.

Council of Australian Governments (COAG)

The peak intergovernmental forum in Australia. COAG comprises the Prime Minister, state Premiers, territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association. It initiates, develops and monitors the implementation of policy reforms that are of national significance and which require cooperative action by Australian governments.

Creche and Kindergarten Association (C&K)

An association providing kindergarten and preschool services to 3- and 4-year-olds.

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Department of Education Community Kindergarten Assistance Scheme (DECKAS)

A Department of Education and Training grant, which provides recurrent and capital assistance to community kindergartens affiliated with or approved by C&K to supply recognised early education programs for children between the ages of 3½ and 4½ years.

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Early Years Curriculum Guidelines

A framework to guide teachers' interactions with children, inform planning and assessment and support continuity of learning for children from Prep to Year 3.

Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD)

The sustainable development and design of state schools in Queensland for more efficient operations, and to ensure reductions in waste, energy and water consumption.

Education and Training Reforms for the Future (ETRF)

A package of education and training reforms announced by the State Government in 2002. The reforms focus on all young people (15- to 17-year-olds) 'learning or earning'.

Education Investment Fund (EIF)

A major component of the Australian Government's Education Revolution. The role of the EIF is to build a modern, productive, internationally competitive Australian economy by supporting world-leading, strategically focused infrastructure investments that will transform Australian tertiary education and research.

Education Queensland International (EQI)

A unit to develop and promote programs for international students who want to study at a Queensland state school.

Electronic Document and Record Management System (eDRMS)

Used to track and manage records and documents utilising: controlled language, version control, metadata descriptions, document location information, disposal/archiving, record/document sharing, search functionality, audit functionality, security and access controls.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

A program in Queensland state schools that provides English language support to students from language backgrounds other than English. The program aims to develop these students' English to enable them to participate fully in mainstream classrooms and to enhance their learning outcomes.

Essential Learnings

Clear statements of what is important for all students to know and be able to do at the end of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. They describe the key concepts, facts, procedures and ways of working that students need for ongoing learning, social and personal competence and participation in a democratic society. They encompass knowledge, skills and attributes that are: specific to content areas such as English, Mathematics and Science required for complex, real-life challenges such as higher order thinking skills, and social and personal competence needed for good communication and ongoing learning such as literacy, numeracy, life skills, information and communication technologies, and cultural skills. All schools will build their curriculum around the Essential Learnings and help students to master them.

Executive Management Group (EMG)

To support the Director-General to positively position the portfolio for the future, including setting and reviewing the strategic direction, priorities and performance objectives of the organisation to enable the efficient and effective achievement of outcomes for Queensland.

Education Support Funding Program (ESFP)

Funds made available by the Department of Child Safety to the Department of Education and Training to assist students across the state, Catholic and independent schooling sectors. Assistance must be linked to goals identified through the Education Support Planning process, and Education Support Plans are the trigger for identifying appropriate strategies to address priority education needs for these students.

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Freedom of Information (FOI) Freedom of Information Act 1992

A means of access to departmental records. Freedom of information legislation provides members of the public a legally enforceable right to access records held by government. It also provides a right to amend personal affairs information contained in government records. Now replaced by Right to Information.

Full-time equivalents (FTEs)

A representative number that is calculated by assessing the hours worked over the financial year by all full-time and part-time employees, and converting this to a corresponding number of employees as if all staff were full-time.

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Gateway schools

A government initiative that provides a forum for partnerships between schools and industry throughout the state. Gateway schools provide students with industry-relevant skills development through integrated curriculum, structured industry placements, school-based traineeships, cadetships and involvement in industry events.

Gold Coast Institute of TAFE (GCIT)

An independent statutory authority in Queensland's TAFE network as from 1 July 2008. GCIT is a publicly funded training provider and operates with the Queensland Government guidelines of the Department of Education and Training.

Group training organisation (GTO)

Organisations that employ apprentices and trainees and place them with host businesses. GTOs also offer advice and assistance to help young people into the right apprenticeship or traineeship.

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Indigenous Skilling Partnerships (ISP)

Part of the Indigenous Vocational Education and Training Strategic Direction Plan 2008-2011.

Indigenous VET Initiatives unit (IVI)

A branch within the Department of Education and Training which supports the delivery of the department's services to Indigenous people.

Industry-school engagement

Schools partnering with industry to enable young people to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes to participate effectively in society and employment in the globalised economy.

Information and communication technologies (ICT)

An umbrella term that describes the use of all and any advanced technologies in the manipulation and communication of information.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD)

An internationally recognised, two-year curriculum that prepares 16- to 19-year-old students for university. Students receive credit for subjects studied in the program at leading universities around the world, reducing the time required to complete a Bachelor degree.

International Projects Unit (IPU)

A branch within Education Queensland International which provides offshore clients with services including: project management (including institution establishment) curriculum development and curriculum licensing professional development (including pre-service and in-service training) education management and administration policy, planning and sound governance distance education and decentralised models of delivery program review and assessment appraisal.

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Key Learning Areas (KLAs)

Underpin both curriculum development and the Essential Learnings. They are the Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Languages Other Than English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society and Environment, and Technology.

Key performance indicator (KPI)

Tracking indicator used to measure the achievement of outputs against goals.

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Literacy - The Key to Learning: Framework for Action 2006-08

A professional development program to lift the literacy standards of teachers in Queensland.

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Machinery-of-government (MOG) changes

A re-alignment of responsibilities and functions across government agencies.

Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT)

A publicly funded training provider that operates with the Queensland Government guidelines of the Department of Education and Training. MSIT is responsible for the delivery of vocational education and training across the south side of Brisbane.

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National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

Tests conducted nationally in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, covering reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The results provide information for teachers and schools on individual student performance on a national basis. This is used to identify areas of strength and where further assistance may be required. NAPLAN tests are part of a collaborative process between states and territories, the Australian Government and non-government schools sectors.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

Australia's principal provider of vocational education and training (VET) research and statistics.

National Minimum Standard (NMS)

Nationally set standards which the results of NAPLAN tests are compared against. For each year level, a minimum standard is defined and located on the common underlying scale. Band 2 is the minimum standard for Year 3; Band 4 is the minimum standard for Year 5; Band 5 is the minimum standard for Year 7; and Band 6 is the minimum standard for Year 9.

National Partnership Agreement

An agreement between the Commonwealth and the states and territories to facilitate coordination, monitoring and delivery of timely economic stimulus.

National Quality Agenda

A partnership between the Commonwealth and state and territory governments, agreed to in December 2007 by COAG, to pursue substantial reform in the areas of education, skills and early childhood development, and deliver significant improvements in human capital outcomes for all Australians.

Next Step Survey

A comprehensive annual survey that reports on the destinations of school leavers from state and non-state schools.

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Office for Early Childhood Education and Care (OECEC)

A branch of the Department of Education and Training, responsible for the provision of quality integrated early childhood education and care services for children from birth to 12 years, and input into the national early childhood development reform agenda.


A database which digitally stores the records of Queensland state school students for easy access by their teachers and principals.

Operating level agreement (OLA)

An agreement between a shared service provider and its client agency that describes the services to be delivered and their quantity and quality. An operating level agreement designates responsibilities for each service element.

Overall Position (OP)

A student's statewide rank based on overall achievement in QSA-approved subjects. It indicates how well the student has done in comparison to all other OP-eligible students in Queensland. Students who want an OP must study 20 semester units of QSA subjects, including at least three subjects for four semesters each, and must sit the QCS test.

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Parents and Citizens' Association (P&C)

A group of community minded people, parents and citizens, who take on a more formal role to assist the school by providing: feedback on school policies and activities, additional resources to be used to enhance student learning, parents with opportunities to be involved in their child's education.

Partners for Success

Education Queensland's key strategy targeting the improvement of education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland state schools.


Theories and methods of teaching. These incorporate an array of teaching strategies that support classroom environments, recognise difference, and are implemented across all key learning and subject areas.

People from non-English speaking backgrounds

An equity and diversity group identifying people who have migrated to Australia and whose first language is a language other than English.

Policy and Procedures Register (PPR)

The Education Policy and Procedures Register stores and presents policy information. It includes policies and procedures from International, Non-state and Higher Education, Education Queensland and Corporate and Professional Services. This was formerly known as EPPR.

Positive Dreaming, Solid Futures

A strategy for achieving improved employment and training outcomes for Indigenous people as Queensland's contribution towards the COAG target of halving the gap in Indigenous employment outcomes within a decade.

Preparatory year (Prep)

A full-time non-compulsory program that replaced preschool. It runs five days a week and follows the established school times and routines. Taking a play and inquiry-based approach to learning, Prep is offered at every Queensland state school and selected independent and Catholic schools.

Pre-Prep year

A program for children in the year before Prep. Pre-Prep can be delivered in different settings including community kindergartens, childcare centres and schools. Pre-Prep programs and the qualifications of staff delivering these programs may vary across these different settings.

Public-private partnership (PPP)

A mutually beneficial partnership between the public and private sectors aimed at achieving value for money and the provision of services that would otherwise be wholly funded by the public sector.

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Queensland Government organised celebrations in relation to 150 years of independence from New South Wales.


A Queensland Government plan, Toward Q2: Tomorrow's Queensland, which sets targets and goals for the state in the areas of the economy, environment and lifestyle, education and skills, health and community.


The Queensland Government's provider of vehicle leasing and fleet management services.

Queensland Academies

Provide an opportunity for Queensland's brightest high school students to experience an educational environment characterised by challenge, innovation, leadership and achievement.

Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

A school-based qualification awarded to students at the completion of Year 12 or equivalent studies that also recognises workplace, university and community learning. It replaced the Senior Certificate from 2008.

Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA)

A certificate that recognises the schooling achievements of students who have impairments or difficulties in learning. Before 2008, the certificate was known as the Certificate of Post-Compulsory School Education.

Queensland College of Teachers (QCT)

A Queensland Government statutory authority established in January 2006. Its purpose is to regulate, enhance and promote the teaching profession in Queensland in the best interests of the public and the profession.

Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting (QCAR) Framework

Sets standards to define what Queensland school students should learn, how they are assessed, and how schools report student achievement. It aims to improve student learning outcomes and increase comparability of assessment and reporting across schools.

Queensland Education Performance Review

A review to explore opportunities to improve the state's educational achievement, with a particular emphasis on literacy, numeracy and science outcomes.

Queensland Environmentally Sustainable Schools Initiative (QESSI)

A network of environmentally sustainable schools that demonstrate curricula connections and environmental action based on ecological sustainable development principles.

Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee (QIECC)

A body of 10 prominent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts in education and training who advise the Queensland Minister for Education and Training and the federal Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regarding issues concerning or related to Indigenous education, training and higher education.

Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA)

A joint venture between the Queensland Resources Council and the Queensland Government which brings together students in Years 10, 11 and 12, teachers and industry mentors, and coordinates: tours, work experience and training, scholarships and awards, online and on-site training, preferred employment for participating young people and professional development and recognition for teachers and mentors.

Queensland Skills Plan (QSP)

Outlines the short- and long-term measures the Queensland Government will take to alleviate skill shortages at all occupational levels.

Queensland Studies Authority (QSA)

A statutory body of the Queensland Government, providing Preparatory Year to Year 12 syllabuses, assessment, reporting, testing, accreditation and certification services for Queensland schools.

Queensland Water Commission (QWC) Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Ensures sustainable water supplies for Queensland by developing long-term water supply strategies, managing resources and providing advice to government. The recognition of competencies currently held, regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred. A person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous formal or informal education and training, work or life experience that may be used to grant status or credit in a subject or module.

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Registered training organisation (RTO)

An organisation registered to deliver and assess nationally recognised vocational education and training.

Relationships, Engagement and Achievement for Learning (REAL)

A project focusing on the alignment of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to improve the achievement of students in the Middle Phase of Learning — particularly those at risk of disengaging.

Right to Information (RTI) The Right to Information Act 2009

This replaces the Freedom of Information legislation. Provides access to information held by the government, unless on balance it is contrary to the public interest to provide that information.

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School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs)

Pathways for Year 10, 11 and 12 students combining senior studies, VET and employment.

School Industry Trade Centres

Centres that focus on addressing skills shortages in industry sectors including marine and allied trades, engineering, manufacturing and mining.

School Water Efficiency Program (SWEP)

A plan developed to assist schools to reduce water use and to meet mandatory Queensland Water Commission requirements.

Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)

A program which helps schools to create positive learning environments by developing proactive whole-school systems to define, teach and support appropriate student behaviours.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

A Queensland Government discussion paper and plan which aims to increase participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics study and careers, from primary school to university and beyond.

Senior Education and Training (SET) plan

An individualised learning plan for a young person in the Senior Phase of Learning.

Service Delivery Statement (SDS)

Produced annually and provide budgeted financial and non-financial information for the Budget year. The document comprises a section for each departmental portfolio and one for the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.

Skilling Solutions Queensland (SSQ)

A training and career information service developed by the Queensland Government.

Skills First

A program that enables Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Current skills and knowledge are assessed by a registered training organisation to see if they meet industry standards towards completion of a full or part qualification.

Skills Formation Strategies

A process of developing strategies designed in partnership with other government agencies, industry, regions and the community to help understand and address issues associated with skills and labour shortages.

SkillsTech Australia (STA)

A key component of the Queensland Skills Plan, created as part of a multi-faceted response to Queensland's skills shortages by modernising the way trade and technician training is delivered throughout the state. SkillsTech Australia is the lead TAFE institute for training in automotive, building and construction, manufacturing and engineering, electrical and electronics, and sustainable technologies throughout Queensland.

Small Business Solutions (SBS)

An initiative developed by the Department of Education and Training in conjunction with TAFE Queensland and Skilling Solutions Queensland, designed to enhance the business skills, profitability and growth of small businesses.

Smart Classrooms

A strategy that aims to make ICT integral to learning in state schools.

Smart State

The Queensland Government vision of a state where knowledge, creativity and innovation drive economic growth to improve prosperity and quality of life for all Queenslanders. The Smart State Strategy 2005-2015 is a blueprint for action outlining how the government is undertaking an extensive program of investment to build Queensland's future now.

Southbank Education and Training Precinct (SETP)

The Southbank campus of the Southbank Institute of Technology.

Southbank Institute of Technology (SBIT)

A registered provider of high level vocational education and technical training, established as a statutory institute of the Department of Education and Training.

Special Education Programs (SEP)

A clustering of students with disabilities and specialist teachers with experience or qualifications in dedicated areas of specialisation to support these students' educational program at selected schools within a local community.

State Schools of Tomorrow

A part of the 'Tomorrow's Schools' package. It involves modernising schools and equipping them with facilities, resources and technologies that will support a broad range of new or increased educational opportunities.

Supervising registered training organisation (SRTO)

A registered training organisation that: (a) delivers training to an apprentice or trainee under a training plan for the apprentice or trainee that requires the training to be delivered by a registered training organisation (b) when satisfied the apprentice or trainee has completed the training required to be completed under the plan, issues the qualification or statement of attainment stated in the plan.

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Tertiary and Further Education (TAFE)

Provide a wide range of predominantly vocational tertiary education courses, mostly qualifying courses under the National Training System, Australian Qualifications Framework or Australian Quality Training Framework.

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

A project of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) to collect educational achievement data at Year 4 and Year 8 in more than 60 countries to provide information about trends in performance over time.

Tomorrow's Schools

An infrastructure program directed at modernising and building new school facilities across the state.

Total Records Information System (TRIM)

The main software tool the Department of Education and Training uses to manage corporate records.

Trade Training Taskforce

Established in December 2008 by the Minister for Education and Training in response to the global financial crisis. It brings together key industry and government stakeholders to develop and implement urgent measures that ensure apprentices and trainees in training, and those who have lost employment or are at risk of losing employment, are supported to complete their training.

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User Choice

The program used to fund apprenticeship and traineeship training, allowing employers and students to choose a registered training organisation that meets their needs.

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Vocational education and training (VET)

Post-compulsory education and training which provides people with occupational or work-related knowledge and skills.

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Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP)

A water efficiency planning process which involves accounting for water use; identifying water saving measures; and preparing a plan to implement the identified measures.

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