Bring Your Own Device


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In order to participate:

  • Student laptops will need to meet minimum requirements in order to be able to operate within the school's network:
    • Windows Operating System
    • 8Gb RAM
    • i3 processor or higher
    • 128Gb storage
    • 5Ghz WiFi
  • Students and parents/carers are expected to sign the Student BYOD Charter to guarantee appropriate use of laptops whilst at school

The school will present an information evenings about the program and the minimum requirements for students' devices.

The school has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document (PDF, 266KB) to assist parents/carers to understand how the BYOD program will operate.

​​​Vendor Purchasing Portals

​​​​Online portals from several vendors have been made avaliable​​ as an option for parents when purchasing laptops that meet the school's specificiations. ​​​

The below portals/laptop models are not mandatory and are listed below as a convenience for parents. Mackay Northern Beaches SHS is not involved in the private transactions between parents and the vendors.

Connecting a BYOD laptop

In order for personal laptops to work at school, devices need to be enrolled into the department's BYOD solution called Intune. Click on the below video links for the relivant installation video guides to join a BYOD laptop at home (Assuming that the student knows their login details and can access their school email address).

Connecting a Windows device to Intune

​​Connecting a MacOS device to Intune

Installing Microsoft Office

Every student at a state school in Queensland has access to install the Office suite of software for free on up to 5 devices at once. To install this at home:

  1. Go to​
  2. ​Select Install Office
  3. Once the installer finishes downloading, double-click and follow through the installer

For further info you can refer to the below step by step PDF guides to help you:

Install Office on a Windows device (PDF, 711KB)​

Install Office on a MacOS device (PDF, 1.1MB)

Third party websites

A range of subject areas access websites to enhance teaching and learning at our school. Some of these sites provide access to interactive learning activities, software for programming and tools for presenting information.

Students will also access their textbooks via a cloud-based application.

Parental/guardian consent is a requirement by law under the Queensland Information Privacy Act 2009. Third party website consent forms need to be completed when students are required to create an account or provide personal information to a third party website which is any website which is accessed at school but hosted and managed outside of the Department of Education (DoE) network.

The list of the Third Party Websites currently accessed by students have been assessed for risk and deemed to be of low and medium risk for security.

Student email accounts and passwords

Student usernames are the first initial with the first four letters of the surname followed by a number. Student email addresses are their username, ending with (e.g

The password is the same as used to log on to the school Wi-Fi, Web printing, school computers and the BYOD Logon connector. You can reset a known password online or all teachers can reset forgotten passwords.

Students email c​​an be accessed at​

On​ site support

Our school IT Technicians are avaliable for students ​to visit before school, during lunch breaks and after school for any query or problems that they may have.​ ​​

You can also email​​​ to get into contact with our IT team.

Financial hardship and laptops under repair

We understand that for some families a laptop may be too expensive or occasions when a student laptop may be under repair. Our school can provide day loan laptops, please contact the school for a day loan application form.​

Last reviewed 02 November 2021
Last updated 02 November 2021