About Independent Schools

Independent schools are non-government schools that are not part of the Catholic school system. 

Independent schools have been serving communities throughout Queensland for more than 150 years.

They remain a vital part of the school system, providing quality educational services to more than 120,000 students, or 15 per cent of the state's total enrolments.

The independent sector provides parents from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds a choice of school based on their particular values, community and culture:

  • Some schools have particular church affiliations and others promote a certain philosophy of education.
  • Seven independent schools in Queensland cater primarily for students with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties.
  • More than 70 independent schools enrol international students.
  • Seven independent schools offer distance education to more than 2,500 children.
  • Independent schools also cater for the needs of Indigenous children, students with disabilities, gifted students and boarders.

Independent schools are mostly funded by parents paying tuition fees, saving the government millions of dollars each year.

Fast facts about independent schools

What is Independent Schooling? (PDF)