Design principles and technical standards for Department of Education facilities


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Education (DoE) delivers and maintains educational facilities for people of all ages, and from a diverse range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds. DoE educational facilities include schools, early childhood centres and kindergarten services across Queensland. This asset base is constantly upgraded and improved to continue to deliver quality learning facilities for state education.

The design principles and technical standards for DoE facilities have been developed, in consultation with a number of stakeholders, to assist design consultants and delivery professionals in the design of inclusive, safe, healthy and environmentally sustainable education facilities, which provide optimum functionality for the users and the flexibility to adapt to modern pedagogies over time. The design principles and technical standards detail key design requirements that support our aim of delivering high-quality, fit-for-purpose facilities.

The design principles and technical standards set the framework for a consistent approach to the delivery of innovative and cost-effective education facilities and form part of a suite of briefing documents.


The design principles and technical standards for DoE facilities, updated in 2021, are maintained and updated by Infrastructure Services Division, Brisbane.

Version control

Education facilities design principles and generic functional brief

Version 1.8

Master planning, architectural and landscaping design principles

Version 9.0​

Technical specifications and standards

Version 9.0

Security design requirements

Version 12.0

School electronic security systems

Version 2009.1

Security fencing specification

Version 4.0

Alarm system monitoring

Version 2.0

Network infrastructure procedures and standards (DNIPS)

Version 4.0

​Basketball equipment specification

Version 1.1

QED 97391 PQP—Project managers—Engagement and reference material

Version 1.0

Design standards for DoE facilities

The Education Facilities Design Principles and Generic Functional Brief outlines the overarching education rationale, principles and framework for designing and developing contemporary Queensland state education settings that respond to context and place and provide access for all.

It is the foundation document in a set of companion documents, which, when taken together, provide coherent, integrated information to guide the planning, design, construction and use of education facilities. The full set of companion documents includes:

  1. Education Facilities Design Principles and Generic Functional Brief
  2. Education Facilities Master-planning, Architecture and Landscape Design Principles
  3. Education Facilities Technical Specifications.

This document and the companion documents are structured to move from the macro to the micro – from vision, values and purpose to design principles to implementation of the principles for:

  • master-planning functional zones
  • defining relationships between functional zones
  • designing spaces, settings and fit out to meet the functional requirements of leadership, administration, learning and teaching.​​

Education facil​ities design principles and generic functional brief​

Our schools, educational facilities and learning spaces are designed to enable users of all backgrounds and abilities to access and fully participate in learning.

The Education Facilities Design Principles and Generic Functional Brief sets out the values and principles that underpin the design of Queensland education facilities and aligns with the Department of Education Strategic Plan.

Education facilities design principles and generic functional brief—part A

Master planning, architectural​ an​d landscaping design principles

The master planning and and landscape design principles details the minimum requirements for learning environments and traffic management. The principles ensure contemporary indoor and outdoor learning environments to facilitate learner-centred approaches for all users, supports collaborative learning and teaching, and a sense of community and belonging. It also ensures that the design of school buildings and facilities comply with all relevant legislation and standards, and the National Construction Code.

Master planning, architectural and landscaping design principles​—part B

Technical specifications and st​​andards

The technical specifications and standards details the minimum performance standards for the building fabric and finishes, building and site services, services and utilities, structural and civil works, acoustic performance, security and ecologically sustainable design.

Technical specifications and standards​—part C

Security specifications

The security design requirements and specifications relate to electronic and physical security for reference during capital works projects, retrofits and minor upgrades to schools. These requirements incorporate the concepts of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

Security design requirements V12.0

School electronic security systems V2009.1

Security fencing specification V4.0

Alarm system monitoring

State Government Security (SGS) has developed prerequisite requirements in order for SGS to take over the alarm system monitoring.

Alarm system monitoring V2.0

Network infrastructure procedures and standards

The following document outlines the standard to which all network cabling and supporting infrastructure within the DoE environments shall be installed, and the procedures and processes to follow.

Network infrastructure procedures and standards version 4​

Basketball equipment specification

The Basketball equipment specification is required to be used by schools for the supply and installation of basketball equipment for new basketball structures or modification to existing stru​ctures. The specification provides a consistent standard which will ensure the structural safety of basketball equipment in Queensland government schools.

Schools installing basketball equipment must use only suppliers whose equipment has been certified in accordance with the current Basketball Equipment Specification.

To assist schools, the department has established Standing Offer Arrangements (SOA's). Details on SOAs can be provided by your departmental contact person.

Basketball equipment specification V1.1

QED 97391 PQP—Project managers—Engagement and reference material

Material to assist project managers engaged under QED 97391 PQP in providing a quote for services and reference material required to undertake the role of project manager.

Annexure to the conditions of contract AS4122-2010 for PQP 97391

Acknowledgement of obligations (non Queensland Government employees)

Acknowledgement of obligations (Queensland Govern​ment employees)

Contractor invitation to offer letter

Contractor letter of acceptance

Dealing with purchasing and procurement non-compliance

Evaluation of quotes—price only

​ ​ Evaluation report contractor

Evaluation of quotes (non-price criteria)

Guideline – procuring building contractors for projects less than $1M (GST inc)

ISD pre- and post-works safety assurance form reporting—guidelines

ISD work, health and safety incident and near miss event reporting—guidelines​

Minor and medium works tenders – DoE instruction guide

Minor and medium works tenders – returnable schedule

Procurement sourcing strategy form

Project commencement

Project cost plan

Project facilities b​rief​

Project report​

QTender advertisement request less than $1M

Siting approval application

SSS Project contributions​

Terms of r​eference for Project Management Services. Commissions less than $60,000 (incl. GST)

Unsuccessful letter

Last updated 19 May 2023