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© The State of Queensland 2013

View all school closures including state, non-state schools and early childhood education centres.

Unscheduled closures

Schools may have to close unexpectedly—sometimes at short notice—due to natural disasters or health reasons (e.g. swine flu outbreaks).

The decision to open or close schools and other facilities include factors such as current and predicted weather conditions, river and stream levels as well as road and access conditions.

The safety of students, teachers and community members is the department's highest priority. During weather events, parents and staff should monitor regular radio reports in affected areas. They are also advised to listen to updated weather forecasts and emergency services directives regarding the safety of road travel.

Concerned parents can also contact their principal or local education office for updated information about access to their children's school and updated classroom arrangements.

During weather events, teachers should contact their school or regional office for additional advice on school opening or closing arrangements.

Catholic and Independent Schools

Concerned parents can also contact their principal or local education office for updated information about access to their children's school and updated classroom arrangements.

Early Childhood Education and Care Services

Parents are encouraged to contact their service provider directly for more up-to-date information about service closures and re-openings.

Parents using family day care are encouraged to contact their child's educator for details regarding closures.

Approved Providers make the decision to close and re-open their education and care services and are only required to notify the department within 24 hours of the service closing.

TAFE Queensland campus closures

For up-to-date TAFE Queensland closures visit http://www.tafeqld.edu.au/

Scheduled closures

Schools close for holidays, and also for 6 student-free days each year. Student-free days are mostly at the beginning or end of holidays to minimise inconvenience—the third Monday in term 4 is one exception.

Make sure you check the school holiday information for defined dates.

Permanent school closures

If you are searching for a school that may have closed or changed its name, go to the find a school page and click on the link to download the Register of Recent School Openings, Closures and Name Changes. 

Absences due to natural disaster

Schools and parents should note that absences recorded as a result of an extreme weather event or natural disaster are not counted on a student's report card nor in the school's absence data.

More information regarding absences due to extreme weather is included in this factsheet (DOC, 384KB).


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Last updated
19 January 2016

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