QCEC advocates, represents and negotiates on behalf of the Catholic schooling sector in Queensland with Commonwealth and State governments. The government departments responsible for the schooling sector are: Commonwealth Government Department of Education and Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET).
The Department of Education is the lead government agency providing national leadership in education and workplace training, transition to work and conditions and values in the workplace. The Commonwealth Government is the primary source of public funding for non-government schools, while also providing supplementary assistance to government schools.
The purpose of the Department of Education and Training is to engage Queenslanders in lifelong learning through education and training.