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More than 300 schools across Queensland are still trying to fill teaching positions and are advertising for staff a week after the 2023 new school year started. The startling figures, from leading job sites and, showed a high demand for teachers across the board.

Day 8 teacher shortages: Full list of southeast QLD schools still looking for staff

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More than 300 schools across Queensland are still trying to fill teaching positions a week after the 2023 new school year started, striking fears of a massive statewide teacher shortage.

Hundreds of ads for Queensland teachers were still being displayed online over the weekend.

The startling figures, from leading job sites and, showed a high demand for all types of teachers across the board.

However, ads for English and high school maths teachers, along with science and humanities, dominated.

Dozens of job ads were also seeking classroom teachers for science, English, Japanese, and French along with digital technology and the emerging visual arts courses.

The shortages were not just affected remote and smaller state schools.


South East Queensland school staff shortages

More than 300 Queensland schools were still advertising for staff after the 2023 new school year had started. Here is the list of schools still advertising to fill posts, after Day 8 of school.
BrisbaneSecondary, Science TeacherIndependent college years 5-12
Brisbane Primary, Maths and History TeacherIndependent P-12
Brisbane Secondary Chemistry TeacherPrivate school P-12
Brisbane City Secondary, History/EnglishBrisbane Grammar School
Brisbane north, BrightonPrimary, School Teacher (Primary)Autism Queensland
Brisbane, Holland Park Primary, Italian Teacher/Support TeacherSt Joachim’s School
Brisbane, Albany CreekSecondary, Visual Art – Albany Creek State High SchoolAlbany Creek State High School
Brisbane, AscotSecondary, French and EnglishSt Margaret’s Anglican Girls School
Brisbane, AshgroveSecondaryMt St Michael’s College
Brisbane, Bald HillsSecondary, Science & MathsSt Paul’s School
Brisbane, BardonPrimary, Year 3 Classroom TeacherSt Joseph’s Primary Brisbane
Brisbane, Bray ParkPrimaryGenesis Christian College
Brisbane, CalamvaleSecondary, Math & Science Teacher plus relief teaching staffWisdom College
Brisbane, Camp Hill Secondary, Inclusive Education (ST:IE)St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School,
Brisbane, Central Secondary Business & Economics Teacher Y 9-11Brisbane Central
Brisbane, CitySecondary, Music Teacherco-educational state secondary school
Brisbane, CitySecondary Inclusive Education TeacherIndependent college Years 5-12
Brisbane, CitySecondary, Learning Support Teacher | The BUSY SchoolsThe BUSY Group, independent Special Assistance School
Brisbane, City Secondary, Supply TeacherBrisbane Girls Grammar School
Brisbane, City Secondary, English (IB curriculum) short term contractSmall independent school IB
Brisbane, Coorparoo Secondary, English Loreto College Coorparoo
Brisbane, Coorparoo Secondary, English & Drama Teacher | Brisbane CentralVillanova College
Brisbane, DurackSecondary, Mathematics | Science |Australian International Islamic College
Brisbane, DurackBoth, Canteen Assistant- Part-Time (Term1 2023 only)Glenala State High School P and C Association
Brisbane, Fig Tree PocketPrimary, Montessori Primary TeacherBrisbane Montessori School
Brisbane, Fig Tree PocketSecondary, Horse Riding Instructor – IronbarkSt Peters Lutheran College
Brisbane, Forest LakePrimary full-timeSt John’s Anglican College
Brisbane, IndooroopillySecondary, Science (Senior Chemistry)St Peters Lutheran College
Brisbane, IndooroopillySecondary, Japanese teacher 12 month contractSt Peters Lutheran College
Brisbane, IndooroopillyPrimary, Music Coordinator ( P-6 Curriculum | P-4 Cocurricular)St Peters Lutheran College
Brisbane, IndooroopillyPrimary Years Learning SupportSt. Peter’s Lutheran College
Brisbane, IndooroopillySecondary, Japanese teacher 12 month contract Year 7-9 St. Peter’s Lutheran College
Brisbane, Indooroopilly Secondary, Humanities & RE Teacher Years 8-10Brigidine College
Brisbane, Indooroopilly Secondary, Science/MathematicsIndooroopilly State High School
Brisbane, KarawathaSecondary, primaryIslamic College of Brisbane
Brisbane, Kelvin Grove Secondary, Science – secondary Queensland Academy for Creative Industries – Kelvin GroveQueensland Academy for Creative Industries
Brisbane, Kuraby Primary, Special EducationKuraby Special School Teach Queensland
Brisbane, Manly WestSecondary, French tutorMoreton Bay College
Brisbane, Mt Gravatt Secondary, Health & Physical Education Mount Gravatt State High School
Brisbane, North Side Secondary Inclusive EducationNorth Side years 5-12
Brisbane, RothwellSecondary, Bus Driver (Casual)Grace Lutheran College
Brisbane, SalisburySecondary, Maths TeacherBrisbane Christian College
Brisbane, ShornecliffeSecondary, Inclusive EducationSt Patricks College
Brisbane, South Secondary, Mathematics TeacherChristian School in Brisbane’s south
Brisbane, South BrisbaneSecondary, Teacher – Learning DevelopmentSomerville House
Brisbane, South Brisbane Primary, Learning Development Teacher (Junior School)Somerville House
Brisbane, SouthsideSecondary, ELICOS teachers: fulltime contract and casual positionsImpact English College Pty Ltd
Brisbane, SouthsidePrimary, English TeacherLarge state school
Brisbane, Southside Primary Year 5/6 TeacherCatholic school southside
Brisbane, Southside Secondary, Mathematics TeacherPrivate Christian college SchoolHouse
Brisbane, Southside Secondary English & Drama TeacherSouthside boys’ school
Brisbane, Spring HillSecondary, Music Teacher of Instrumental Music (Woodwind)St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace
Brisbane, Spring Hill Secondary, Spring Hill CampusArethusa College
Brisbane, Sunnybank HillsSecondary, Humanities / RE / DanceSt Thomas More College
Brisbane, Sunnybank HillsSecondary, Design & TechnologySt Thomas More College
Brisbane, The Gap Secondary, Business & Accounting & LegalThe Gap State High School
Brisbane, ToowongSecondary, Humanities & RE Teacher Years 8-10 Stuartholme
Brisbane, Toowong Primary, School Teacher (1-year Fixed Term)Language Disorder Australia
Brisbane, Toowong Secondary, MathsQLD Academy for Science Mathematics & Technology
Brisbane, Toowong Secondary, Physics and Mathematics TeacherSouthside high school
Brisbane, Toowong Primary, Physical Education primaryToowong State School
Brisbane, Valley Secondary, Coach – Touch FootballAll Hallows’ School
Brisbane, Valley Secondary, ICT Support OfficerAll Hallows’ School
Brisbane, Valley Secondary, Teacher (Multiple subjects/year levels) – Relocate to BrisbaneAnzuk Education
Brisbane, Virginia Primary, Special Education ProgramVirginia State School
Brisbane, Wakerley Secondary, Learning Support TeacherOneSchool Global
Brisbane, westSecondary, English or Humanities TeacherNew school, Brisbane Western Suburbs
Darling Downs, Chinchilla Secondary, Science & Mathematics – Chinchilla State High SchoolChinchilla State High School Teacher – Secondary Science & Mathematics – Teach Queensland
Darling Downs, Crows NestSecondary, Outdoor Educator Positions – Ironbark Outdoor Education CentreSt Peters Lutheran College
Darling Downs, Cunnamulla Primary District Relief Teacher (DRT) – Cunnamulla P-12 State SchoolCunnamulla P-12 State School Teacher – Secondary District Relief Teacher (DRT) Teach Queensland
Darling Downs, Cunnamulla Secondary Industrial Technology Design (ITD) – Cunnamulla P-12 State SchoolCunnamulla P-12 State School Teacher – Secondary Industrial Technology Design
Darling Downs, Dirranbandi Primary District Relief Teacher (DRT) – Dirranbandi P-10 State SchoolDirranbandi P-10 State School Teacher – Primary / Secondary District Relief TeacherTeach Queensland
Darling Downs, GoondiwindiSecondary, Science/ English TeacherBorder Rivers Christian College
Darling Downs, InglewoodPrimary, Years 2, 3 and 4 | InglewoodSt Maria Goretti School
Darling Downs, JandowaePrimary Year 3/4 – Jandowae P-10 State SchoolFILLED Jandowae P-10 State School
Darling Downs, Millmerran Primary, Mathematics and ScienceMillmerran State School
Darling Downs, St George Secondary AgricultureSt George State High School Teacher
Darling Downs, Tara Primary, Prep Classroom TeacherSt Joseph’s School, Tara
Darling Downs, Tara Secondary, Relief Teacher Tara Shire State College
Darling Downs, ToowoombaSecondary, Supply Concordia Lutheran College
Darling Downs, ToowoombaPrimary, LOTE TeacherSt Thomas More’s Primary School
Darling Downs, WarwickSecondary, Maths Curriculum Leader Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools
Darling Downs, WarwickSecondary, School CounsellorSCOTS PGC College
Darling Downs, WarwickSecondary, Mathematics and Science TeacherSCOTS PGC College
Darling Downs, WarwickSecondary Agriculture and Industrial TechnologySCOTS PGC College
Darling Downs, Warwick Secondary Agriculture TeacherThe Scots PGC College
Darling Downs, YarramanPrimary, Secondary General – Yarraman State SchoolYarraman State School
Gold CoastSecondary, Humanities Independent school
Gold Coast Primary, Teacher PartnerG8 Education Gold Coast
Gold Coast Secondary English Teacher | Gold CoastGold Coast Christian College
Gold Coast Secondary English & HASS TeacherGold Coast co-ed private school P-12
Gold Coast Secondary Humanities Teacher | Gold CoastIndependent
Gold Coast, ArundelSecondary, English A.B. Paterson College
Gold Coast, ArundelSecondary, Head of house A.B. Paterson College
Gold Coast, AshmorePrimary, Performing Arts TeacherGuardian Angels School
Gold Coast, CoomeraSecondary Teacher | Middle Years Humanities, Senior Years Legal Studies and EconomicsSt Joseph’s College Coomera
Gold Coast, Coomera Secondary TeacherSt John’s College
Gold Coast, Googa Creek Secondary Casual (Relief) Secondary Teachers Caboolture and/or Rothwell CampusGrace Lutheran College
Gold Coast, Keebra Park Secondary, Industrial Design and TechnologyKeebra Park State High School
Gold Coast, Merrimac Secondary, EnglishMerrimac State High School
Gold Coast, Nerang Secondary, EnglishNerang State High School
Gold Coast, North Secondary, Geography TeacherGold Coast co-ed college P-12
Gold Coast, North Secondary, Mathematics Teacher (Specialist) | Gold CoastGold Coast co-ed college P-12
Gold Coast, North Secondary, English/Christian Studies and Humanities P to 12 Lutheran co-educational
Gold Coast, OrmeauSecondary, Music, Drama, EnglishLivingstone Christian College
Gold Coast, OrmeauSecondary, Pastoral Care Assistant & Teacher – English/Humanities (Secondary)Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School
Gold Coast, OrmeauSecondary, science, mathsToogoolawa School
Gold Coast, Park Lake Primary, MusicPark Lake State School
Gold Coast, PimpamaSecondary, Science Teacher – Pimpama CampusKing’s Christian College
Gold Coast, Reedy CreekSecondary Arts TeacherHillcrest Christian College FILLED APPLICATIONS CLOSED FEB 1
Gold Coast, Reedy CreekSecondary, Maths and digital King’s Christian College
Gold Coast, Reedy CreekSecondary, High School Relief Teachers 2023 – PimpamaKing’s Christian College
Gold Coast, Reedy CreekSecondary, English Teacher King’s Christian College
Gold Coast, Reedy CreekSecondary, IDT High School TeacherKing’s Christian College
Gold Coast, Reedy CreekSecondary, Maths/Digital Technologies TeacherKing’s Christian College
Gold Coast, Reedy Creek Primary Early Childhood TeacherHillcrest Christian College
Gold Coast, Southport Secondary After Hours Teaching PositionNorth Shore Coaching College
IpswichSecondary, Chemistry & Science Teacher | IpswichBoys college Ipswich
IpswichSecondary, Biology TeacherIpswich college
IpswichSecondary, primary English TeacherIpswich Girls’ Grammar School including Ipswich Junior Grammar School
Ipswich Secondary, primary Digital Technologies Teacher (+ Middle School Maths)Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School including Ipswich Junior Grammar School
Ipswich Primary & Secondary – Special EducationQld Special Schools Ipswich
Ipswich, Augustine Heights Primary, Learning Enhancement TeacherSt Augustines College
Ipswich, Augustine Heights Primary, Maths & Science TeacherSt Joseph’s School
Ipswich, Booval Primary, Physical Education TeacherSacred Heart School, Booval
Ipswich, BrassallSecondary, English as an Additional Language or DialectIpswich State High School
Ipswich, BrassallSecondary Hospitality – Ipswich State High SchoolIpswich State High School
Ipswich, BundambaSecondary, English and Humanities TeacherFrontline Education Queensland
Ipswich, Bundamba Secondary, Science TechnicianBundamba State Secondary College
Ipswich, DurackSecondary, Health and Physical Education Australian International Islamic College
Ipswich, Grantham Primary (Yr 5/6) – Grantham State SchoolGrantham State School
Ipswich, InalaSecondary, English and/or Maths TeacherJames An Coaching College Inala
Ipswich, Ripley ValleySecondary GeneralRipley Valley State Secondary College
Ipswich, Ripley Valley Secondary Information TechnologyIpswich State High School
Ipswich, Riverview Secondary Food Technology Teacher (Job Share)St Peter Claver College
Ipswich, SpringfieldMusic teacher, upper stringsThe Springfield Anglican College
Lockyer Valley, PlainlandSecondary, Visual Arts & Senior History (2 positions)Faith Lutheran College
Lockyer Valley, PlainlandSecondary, Digital Technologies, Contract, Term 2, 2023Faith Lutheran College
Lockyer Valley, PlainlandSecondary, Design / STEM TeacherSophia College
LoganSecondary French Language Teacher (Secondary) | City of LoganCo-ed independent prep-12
Logan, BeaudesertSecondary, MathematicsBeaudesert State High School
Logan, BeenleighSecondary, English, Mathematics and Health & Physical EducationBeenleigh State High School
Logan, Berrinba Primary, Road Behaviour Support ProgramBerrinba East State School
Logan, CarbrookChemistry Teacher SeniorKimberley College
Logan, Crestmead Primary, Religious Education (RE) TeacherSt Francis College, Crestmead
Logan, Crestmead Secondary, Middle Years Core TeacherSt Francis College, Crestmead
Logan, JimboombaPrimary, Dance TeacherPrestige Dance Centre
Logan, KingstonPrimary, Years 1 and 2Groves Christian College
Logan, KingstonSecondary, BiologyGroves Christian College
Logan, KingstonPrimary, Casual Relief Teacher | Brisbane SchoolsXavier Flexi Schools Network
Logan, Park RidgeSecondary, HospitalityPark Ridge State High
Logan, Park RidgeSecondary, Visual ARTs Teacher AideParklands Christian College
Logan, Shailer ParkSecondary Digital Technologies – Shailer Park State High SchoolShailer Park State High School
Logan, Shailer ParkSecondary, Senior English – Shailer Park State High SchoolShailer Park State High School
Logan, SpringwoodSecondary, JapaneseCalvary Christian College
Logan, SpringwoodPrimary teacher inclusionSpringwood Central State School
Logan, WaterfordSecondary, French Canterbury College
Logan, WoodridgeSecondary, Faith Flexible Learning SchoolFaith Christian School of Distance Education
Logan, WoodridgeSecondary, Technologies Woodridge State High School
Logan, WoodridgeSecondary, English Woodridge State High School
Logan, WoodridgeSecondary, Digital Technologies Woodridge State High School
Logan, Woodridge Primary, TechnologiesWoodridge State High School
Logan, YarrabilbaPrimary,Year 6 Yarrabilba State School
Moreton Region, CabooltureSecondary, JapaneseFrontline Education Queensland
Moreton Region, CaboolturePrimary, MusicGood to Great Schools Australia Limited
Moreton Region, CabooltureSecondary, Teacher of DanceGrace Lutheran College
Moreton Region, CabooltureSecondary, English and MusicGrace Lutheran College
Moreton Region, Caboolture Secondary, or Upper Primary Teacher (0.4-0.6 FTE)Horizons College of Learning and Enrichment
Moreton Region, ClontarfPrimary, 12 month contractGrace Lutheran Primary School
Moreton Region, Deception Bay Secondary, Deception Bay Campus (North Brisbane)Arethusa College
Moreton Region, Mango Hill Secondary, Secondary Engagement TeacherMango Hill State Secondary College
Moreton Region, Mango Hill Secondary, Students With Disabilities Mango Hill State Secondary College
Moreton Region, Mango Hill Secondary Design Technology (Food), Humanities and Religion TeacherSt Benedict’s College
Moreton Region, MorayfieldPrimary – Year 2Morayfield State School
Moreton Region, North LakesSecondary, Students With DisabilitiesNorth Lakes State College
Moreton Region, PetriePrimary, Language TeacherOur Lady of the Way School

Some of the southeast’s most prestigious private colleges were also still desperately trying to fill posts with ads running on the weekend.

Brisbane Boys’ Grammar, Loreto College, Gregory Terrace, Indooroopilly’s St Peter’s Lutheran, Brigidine, Stuartholme, All Hallows’ and Moreton Bay College, were among 67 Brisbane schools still running online ads for teachers on the weekend.

But the staffing deficits extended further than Brisbane, with 30 teaching jobs still up for grabs at the Gold Coast, 24 in Logan, 20 on the Darling Downs, 19 in Ipswich, 13 in the Moreton Bay region, nine on the Sunshine Coast and seven in Redland.

About 68 per cent of the job ads, or 210, were for secondary school posts with 88 ads for primary schools and nine for training schools.


North Qld35
Gold Coast30
Central Qld29
Darling Downs20
Far North Qld16
Moreton Region13
Wide Bay13
Sunshine Coast9
Lockyer Valley3

The state’s 55,000 teachers and 19,000 teacher aides will contend with 875,000 students in primary and high schools across the state, including 303,000 in private schools.

Queensland Education said class size targets for 2023 remained the same as last year, when a Teachers’ Certified Agreement stipulated 25 students per teacher for Prep to Year 3 with 28 students per teacher for Years 4 to 10; and 25 students per teacher for Years 11 to 12.

The job ads after the first week of school, renewed claims from Teachers’ Professional Association of Queensland about “classroom ramping” and dire staff shortages, especially in the southeast corner.

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TPAQ secretary Tracy Tully said schools across the state were struggling to fill about 2000 relief teaching positions and teacher vacancies had increased since last year’s Covid dismissals.

She said a 4 per cent Enterprise Bargaining Agreement struck last year between the government and the Queensland Teachers’ Union failed.

“These ads show there is still a serious teacher shortage especially in the southeast, where there are many opportunities for those with teaching skills,” Ms Tully said.

“Even the prestigious schools are struggling to fill positions after last year’s Covid dismissals.

“Teachers, unlike other government workers, are forced to do overtime without financial remuneration, which equates to wage theft.

“The Teachers’ Professional Association of Queensland proposed 7 per cent in line with the reality of rising costs.”

But Youth Justice Minister Leanne Linard, who was acting as Education Minister last week, dismissed the staffing shortage claims and said incentives including better pay were in place to retain and attract teachers.

She said 6000 new teachers and almost 1500 new teacher aides had been employed in the past five years with the state on track to employing the full-time equivalent of 6190 new teachers.

“There are wage rises of 4 per cent, 4 per cent, and 3 per cent over three years, and a cost-of living adjustment payment each year of the wage agreement.”

Queensland Education said 95 per cent of state school primary classes and 97 per cent of state secondary classes achieved the agreed class-size targets last year.

The majority of classes where the targets had blown out, were over by “just one or two students”, the department said.

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