Childcare and schools


Defence childcare centres
Children of mobile Defence families can receive priority of access to Defence childcare centres around Australia. Defence Community Organisation (DCO) also provides individual case management to help parents with childcare placement. For more information click here


More childcare resources

There are a range of childcare facilities available in the Ipswich region. The resources below may help you locate the right childcare service for your family.



DCO provides a range of services and resources for Defence children to assist with the transition between schools and education systems when families move, and to provide support for the unique needs of Defence students. You can find information on schooling, including aides and mentors on the DCO website on Education or Your Community pages.

Ipswich has both public and private schools for all levels. In Queensland, children under six years of age attend preschool, children from six years onwards attend primary school (years 1-7) and children 12 years and over attend high school (years 8-12).


QLD School Terms

Click here to see the school terms observed in QLD in 2020.


Enrolment Information

  • Click here to see a helpful map of catchment areas for QLD schools.
  • Click here to see helpful enrolment information for QLD schools.

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Primary school girl sitting next to her teacher
Primary school girl sitting next to her teacher


Defence School Mentors

The Defence School Mentor Program provides support to children of ADF families, particularly when changing schools on posting or during parental absences due to deployment, exercises or courses.

The in-school mentors in primary and secondary schools are funded by the Department of Defence through Defence Community Organisation (DCO). They are employed as a member of the school staff by respective schools or education systems within each State or Territory.


Primary schools with Defence School Mentors


High schools with Defence School Mentors