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Queensland - Organisation

Education Department (1957 - 2004)

State Government of Queensland

12 August 1957
12 February 2004
Government Department
Alternative Names
  • Department of Education (Also known as)

The Education Department was responsible for administration of preschool to secondary school education. It was established in 1957 and abolished in 2004. The Department ran the Queensland School for the Deaf from 1957-1988. The Department was replaced by the Education and the Arts Department.


With the change of name of the Secretary of Public Instruction to that of Minister of Education, the name of the Department of Public Instruction became Education Department.

The Education Department was re-named the Education and the Arts Department and amalgamated with Arts Queensland on 12 February 2004. Education Queensland and Arts Queensland each operated under a Deputy Director - General responsible to the Director - General of the Education and the Arts Department.


 1876 - 1957 Public Instruction Department
       1957 - 2004 Education Department


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Education Department (Agency ID 404)', in Queensland State Archives website, Queensland Government, 2004 - 2013,

Prepared by: Lee Butterworth