Volunteers and other service providers in schools assist staff in a range of areas and provide significant support to students, contributing to their overall educational achievement. Department of Education and other services work together to ensure children, staff and volunteers remain safe.

Volunteers are always welcome to help with:

  • tuckshop
  • excursions
  • reading support in the classroom
  • sport—coaching, umpiring or helping out at carnivals
  • parent associations
  • fetes and other school events
  • extra curricular activities
  • performances

Keep up to date through your school newsletters and websites.

Contact the school for further information or to register your interest.

Find school contact details in the schools directory or by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Parents at school

You can get involved at your child’s school—it will help you keep up-to-date with what is going on at the school, and help build positive relationships between you and the school community.

Parents do not usually require a Blue Card to volunteer at school, unless you are an executive member of the P&C and your school runs an Outside of School Hours Care (OSHC).

However the Code of Conduct, Student Protection and Respect applies to everyone.

Most state schools will have a Parents and Citizens (P&C) Association. Non-state schools will have a Parents and Friends (P&F) Association.

All schools rely on their community to help with decision making in areas like uniforms and behaviour, and to help with funding and supporting school organisations.

Learn more about parent associations and how to get involved.

P&Cs Qld is the peak parent body which represents the interests of state school parents and citizens associations throughout Queensland. It has a history of over 70 years and a membership of approximately 1250 P&C associations.

P&Cs Qld advocate for parents in state schools across Qld, support the volunteer P&C groups and provide a system of governance to protect members.

You can volunteer as a local P&C representative, as an Area Coordinator or join the Board of Directors.


Some schools have a school council that plays a more formal role in setting the future direction of the school. Parents and citizens are represented on every school council and are elected every 2 years.

SEE MORE on school councils