Distance Education

ICPA qld lobby to ensure the delivery of the best possible educational service to students who do not have daily face to face contact with their teacher, through the support of a decentralised distance education network.

Kate Bradshaw

Kate Bradshaw – Portfolio Leader
Kim Hughes
Louise Martin
Michelle Freshwater
Louise Winten
Kelly Ostwald


 The latest ICPA Qld Distance Education Report can be found here - DISTANCE EDUCATION MID-YEAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 2018

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The Qld Department of Education provides distance education services through seven state schools of distance education. These schools were established to provide a schooling service to geographically isolated and other home based students with limited educational choice.
Additionally, schools of distance education provide services to enhance learning opportunities by offering wider subject choice for mainstream school students and providing a service for by choice home based learners and students in a range of alternative education centres.

Qld Schools of Distance Education (SDE's)

The Brisbane SDE

Cairns SDE

Capricornia SDE

Charleville SDE

Charters Towers SDE

Longreach SDE 




As a family educating your children through distance education there are allowances to assist with the costs associated.  For information on these allowances click here


Resources for Distance Education Families

The Return to School User Handbook ~ this handbook is a fantastic resource for setting up your distance education home schoolroom, with hints and tips, particularly related to technology.

NBN Information ~ This page will help you understand the NBN 



Schools Of Distance Education – Loan Hire Scheme

The Loan Hire Scheme is now available at participating Schools of Distance Education throughout Queensland. This is an opt in scheme available to K-12 geographically isolated students. Families can supplement the computer and broadband subsidies by hiring a laptop device from their SDE. The scheme provides the laptop device, backpack carry bag, mouse and all relevant software. The benefits of hiring a laptop device through the Loan Hire Scheme include:
• The laptop device comes with all relevant software pre-installed;
• The device is fully supported by SDE technicians, who will receive priority service from the DET service centre;
• In the event the device needs repairs, a replacement will be sent immediately to ensure continuity;
• The device is replaced every 3 years.

Members are urged to contact their SDE as soon as possible if they would like to opt in to the scheme.