Definition of Giftedness

Françoys Gagné and Cathie Harrison

​What is Giftedness?

Francoys Gagne’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness (DMGT) states that:

  • ‘Giftedness is the possession and use of outstanding natural abilities to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10% of age peers in one or more of the following ability domains: intellectual, creative, social, perceptual and physical.’
  • ‘Talent is the outstanding mastery of systematically developed abilities called competencies, knowledge and skills in at least one field of human performance which is at least in the top 10% of age peers in that domain.’ 

Dr Cathie Harrison (2003) defines the gifted child as being one:

  • ‘who performs or who has the ability to perform at a level significantly beyond his or her chronologically aged peers and whose unique abilities and characteristics require special provisions and social and emotional support from the family, community and educational context.’


Policy Documents



For Parents


Many schools have qualified psychologists on their staff to assist with student wellbeing, future goal setting and career advice and testing that may be required.

There are times when a psychologist may not be available or suitable for the purposes of testing for giftedness. The website provided here is the search page from the Australian Psychological Society. Here you can search for psychologists who live within reasonable distance from your home. Before using their services, it is best to check whether they have ever worked with gifted children and are comfortable with various ability tests. Discuss with them your reasons for testing and what information is required - also, who would be the audience for any further discussions. 

Psychometric Testing

Psychometric testing for ability profiling is available from psychologists. See the Queensland Psychology Board Register at

Professionals who are known to QAGTC compilers for having experience with gifted children are listed below. This list is for information and does not carry any particular recommendation from QAGTC.



Phone number  Location

Tony Burton

(07) 3830 5327, 0407 427 754  Brisbane


Woodside Counselling and Guidance Centre

(07) 3378 0888  Indooroopilly


Kym McCarthy

(07) 5477 4402, 0438 544 545 Sunshine Coast


Mary McGrath

(07) 3371 0299  Red Hill


Coral Palmer

(07) 3480 5583  Kallangur


Sali Smith

(07) 3368 1300  Bardon


Philip Trudinger

(07) 3391 3733  Woolloongabba


John Worthington

0414 883 463  travels around Queensland


Tania Marshall

0414 577 873  Sunshine Coast


Craig Wright

(07) 5526 1516  Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast


Kerry Marsh

(07) 5549 1696  Willow Vale, Gold Coast


Julie Maunder

0407 197 523  Camp Hill


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For Educators

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