Childcare and schools

School kids


Primary school girl sitting next to her teacher

There are a range of public and private schooling available in Remote Queensland. For the options available in Mount Isa, Weipa, Thursday Island, Tully and Mission Beach please refer to the following information.

The Good Schools Guide is a helpful tool to search for all primary and secondary schools in Mount Isa, Weipa, Thursday Island, Tully and Mission Beach.

The Private Schools Directory provides a guide to private schools in Mount Isa, Weipa, Thursday Island, Tully and Mission Beach.

There is also a number of tertiary institutions who have some presence/campus in the remote locations, including the James Cook UniversityTAFE Queensland North, and TECNQ (formerly Australian Technical College North Queensland).

You can also find information on schooling on the DCO website on Education or Your Community pages.

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.

For all other information on education services, visit the Queensland Department of Education and Training website.

Enrolment Information

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

QLD School Terms

Click here to see the school terms observed in QLD from 2017-2020.





    There are a number of child care facilities in in Mount Isa but childcare facilities in Weipa, Thursday Island, Tully and Mission Beach are limited. There is a wait list for most services. The resources below may help you locate the right childcare service for your family.

    Defence Community Organisation (DCO) has a range of programs to support the availability of childcare services to Defence families, who might face difficulties in sourcing childcare.

    Defence families facing difficulties accessing childcare, such as when they move to a new area or change their work or care arrangements, can now also access an individual case management service to help them find childcare.