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Glossary

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​​AAS/NZS ISO 31000:2018An international standard that provides principles and ​generic guidelines on risk management.
 Australian CurriculumThe national curriculum for students in K (Prep) to Year 12 covering subject areas outlined in the Melbourne ​Declaration (2008).
 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)A population measure of how children have developed by the time they start school. Data is captured on 5 domains of early childhood development: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, and communication skills and general knowledge. It is a national census conducted ​every 3 years with the last census conducted in 2018.
 Apparent Retention RateThe apparent retention rate is an indicative measure of the number of full-time school students in a designated year level of schooling as a percentage of their respective ​cohort group in a base year.
​Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)The ATAR is the national standard for tertiary admissions and indicates individual position relative to other students. The ATAR provides a ranking mechanism for tertiary ​admissions (along with any applicable adjustments).​
CCertificationEither a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or a ​Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA).
DDepartment of Education InternationalThe Queensland Government’s key coordination point for positioning Queensland’s state school sector internationally and increasing its level of global engagement.
​E​​Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP)​An ECDP is a program the department has provided for more than 40 years to support children with disability from birth to 5 years.
FFull-time equivalent (FTE)A representative number that is calculated by assessing the hours worked over the financial year by all full-time and part-time employees, and converting this to a corresponding number of employees as if all staff were ​full-time.
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IndigenousA person who identifies to be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.
 International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD)An internationally recognised, 2​-year curriculum that prepares 16- to 19-year-old students for university. Students receive credit for subjects studied in the program at leading universities around the world, reducing the time ​required to complete a Bachelor degree.
KKindergarten programAn education program delivered to children in the year before full-time school by a qualified early childhood teacher for 600 hours a year. Government-approved kindergarten programs are available in a range of settings, including standalone kindergarten services, and kindergarten services operated by non-state schools, long day care services, and selected schools in some remote and discrete Indigenous communities.
​KindyLinQ​​A play-based program that families living in identified locations can attend in the year before their child can start kindergarten.
​L​LGBTIQ+​​The acronym LGBTIQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer and the + represents other identities not captured in the letters of the acronym such as Sistergirl and Brotherboy.
M​Machinery of Government (MOG) changeA MOG change is an administrative, organisational or functional change that affects an agency. Most MOG changes happen as a result of an election, a restructure, legislative change or the decision to privatise or outsource a function. The actual change that happens could be the creation of a new agency, the closure of an existing agency (or function within an agency) or the ​merger or transfer of agencies (or functions within them).
NNational Assessment Program— Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)Annual tests conducted nationally in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 covering reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The results provide information for teachers and schools on individual student performance on a national basis. This is used to identify areas of strength and where further assistance may be required. NAPLAN tests are part of a collaborative process between states and territories, the Australian Government ​and non-government school sectors.
 National Minimum Standard (NMS)Nationally set standards against which the results of NAPLAN tests are compared. For each year level, a minimum standard is defined and located on the common underlying scale. Band 2 is the minimum standard for Year 3, Band 4 is the minimum standard for Year 5, Band 5 is the minimum standard for Year 7 and Band 6 is the ​minimum standard for Year 9.
 National Partnership AgreementAn agreement between the Commonwealth and the states and territories to facilitate coordination, monitoring and ​delivery of strategies to improve service delivery.
 National Quality FrameworkThe National Quality Framework provides for the regulation and quality assessment and rating of long day care, family day care, preschool/ kindergarten and outside school hours care services across Australia. The framework includes the National Law and National Regulations, the National Quality Standard, an assessment and quality rating process and national ​learning frameworks.
 National Quality StandardA key aspect of the National Quality Framework and sets a national benchmark for early childhood education and ​care services.
OOneSchoolAn automated system in all Queensland state schools which provides teachers, administrators and principals with secure, easy access to information about students, curriculum, assessment and progress reporting, school facilities and school finance.
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PortfolioThe department or group of departments for which a minister is responsible.
 PrepA full-time, compulsory program that replaced preschool. It runs 5 days a week and follows the established school times and routines. Taking a play- and inquiry-based approach to learning, Prep is offered at every Queensland state school and selected independent and Catholic ​schools.
QQueensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)This statutory body is responsible for providing kindergarten to Year 12 syllabuses and guidelines, and ​assessment, testing, reporting and certification services to Queensland schools.
​Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)The QCE is Queensland’s senior school qualification. It is awarded to eligible students (usually at the end of Year 12) by the QCAA. The requirements for a QCE are different to those for tertiary entrance. A QCE does not give you an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), a national rank that is used for tertiary entrance only.​
​R​Redundancy​The situation where a permanent position or function becomes redundant as a result of workplace change and this leads to a decision by the chief executive to terminate the employee’s employment. The annual report includes severance and incentive elements of the payment only and excludes leave entitlements. It does not include payments made to temporary employees separating under directive 8/18, which may be recorded in the annual financial statements as a redundancy payment in ‘other employee benefits’.
​​​Recognition of prior learning (RPL)​RPL is about the skills and knowledge gained through ​work and life experiences.
SService Executive Service (SES)The SES comprises senior executive officers within the Queensland public service but does not include chief executives, senior officers and officers appointed under section 122 of the Public Service Act 2008.
Special Education ProgramsA grouping of specialist teachers with experience and/or qualifications in dedicated areas of specialisation to support the education program for students with disability.

​​Standing Offer Arrangement (SOA)​A SOA is established through open tender processes designed to select the best value for money supplier for a particular resource requirement. A SOA includes the terms and conditions of contract and the prices that will apply ​when orders are placed.
 Strategic Plan
The document which provides the agency’s purpose and direction. It outlines the department’s overall objectives (including its contribution to whole-of-government objectives, ambitions and targets) and how it will know if it has achieved those agency objectives (performance ​indicators).
WWork Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ)WHSQ is a unit of the Office of Industrial Relations.
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Last updated 02 November 2021