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Find your place to make a difference!

School Types

Catholic Education Cairns provides a range of working environments and career opportunities for teachers, leaders, non-teaching, and other professional staff to find their place and make a difference.  

We have:

  • 20 primary schools (Prep – Year 6) 
  • 8 secondary colleges (Years 7 – 12) 
  • 2 Prep – Year 12 colleges


  • ​1 boys-only college (Years 7 – 12) 
  • 1 girls-only college (Years 7 – 12)
  • 4 boarding colleges (Years 7 – 12) 
  • 1 youth assistance college with 3 campuses (secondary aged students) 

For a listing of our schools and colleges, visit Our Schools.

First Nations Communities 

The school communities of several of our schools, at Waibeni (Thursday Island), Cooktown, Herberton and Weipa, have greater diversity and provide the opportunity to work closely with First Nations students and communities. Learn more about working in First Nations Communities. 

Rural & Remote Locations

If it’s adventure you’re after, or being part of a close-knit community, consider our rural and remote schools. Varied lifestyle opportunities and job opportunities also come with additional salary and additional benefits and incentives. Learn more about working in Rural & Remote Locations

Work Roles 

​​Our employees work in a wide range of teaching and non-teaching roles that support our vision to provide a world class education for every student in every school. Through our Christian values, we are at the service of our students, families, society, and the Church.

We have a variety of teaching and leadership opportunities in our schools: 

We also have non-teaching and other professional support roles within schools that play a key part in our success and influence the outcomes of our students’ learning and development, health, and wellbeing. These include: 

  • School Administrative Support 
  • Teacher Aides 
  • Tuckshop Convenors​ 
  • Business Managers 
  • Grounds Persons 
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Guidance Counsellors

Our central education office, Catholic Education Services, provides essential leadership and support services to schools in curriculum, inclusive education, student wellbeing, faith formation and many other areas of learning and teaching. We employ Speech Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, and career opportunities in the areas of information technology, finance and accounting, human resources, payroll, administration, building and planning, work health and safety, and marketing and communications.