From 1949, the state education system was divided into 5 regions - Northern, Central, Southern, Wide Bay, Darling Downs, South Western, and North Western. The purpose of decentralising many of the functions previously handled centrally was to improve "uniformity of procedure in matters of policy, administration and educational standards."
Consequently, these registers recording all teachers employed by the Department and their movements during the year are arranged according to these five regions.
The registers includes teachers appointed to state, provisional, high and intermediate schools, schools of the air, Teachers' Training and Technical colleges, special schools and rural schools under the control of the Department. Also included in some registers are separate lists for physical education, domestic science music, speech, exchange teachers etc.
Details recorded include official school number, name of school, average attendance numbers of the school for the year, class of school, name of the teacher and qualifications, classification, position at the school (eg. assistant teacher, principle, etc.), and allowances per annum (including housing and other special entitlements).
Many entries for schools and teachers are annotated. Annotations for teachers note such matters as periods of leave, retirements, resignations, transfers, married teachers, teachers who had died, teachers undertaking teacher training, those who were to be married, etc. Most annotations also indicate a date (eg. Died 3/4/1909). In addition, there are frequent comments which may be useful to family historians such as "left his post," "left the district," "did not resume after leave expired," "services terminated," and "left without notice."
Annotations for schools may include dates of opening and closing.