QAST. - Queensland Association of School Tuckshops

Policies and Procedures

Education Queensland Standing Offer Arrangements

The Department has awarded the following Standing Offer Arrangement (SOA) for provision of food and food related items.

What is an SOA?

An SOA is a result of a tender process, conducted through the Corporate Procurement Branch. Products and services available on an SOA have been evaluated as a value for money product or service and the terms and conditions of the arrangement are written to protect the department not the supplier. Once an SOA is in place, the suppliers on the arrangement are required to provide the products or perform the services at the agreed discounted price and within the agreed timeframes.

DETE101060 Groceries, Dry Goods and Food Related Packaging for the Whole of State

Provision of groceries, food related packaging, fresh bread, specialised cakes, and dairy.

Please note you must quote the above arrangement number when placing orders to ensure you receive the DETE specific prices.

Should you require price lists or additional information contact the Department on:

Smart Choices Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy

Author: Department of Education and the Arts and Queensland Health


On July 7, 2005 the Hon Anna Bligh MP launched the Smart Choices Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools as a result of a Queensland Health and Education Queensland partnership.

The Queensland Health and Education Queensland Joint Work Plan 2004-2007 identified the need to address food and drink supply in schools and a strategy was developed.  It was intended that the strategy would have a major impact on the health of children by restricting the sale and availability of unhealthy foods in the tuckshop, from vending machines, at fundraising, sporting and other events.


To support its implementation, Queensland Health is providing funding to QAST to boost services to school tuckshops.



As an Education Queensland policy this is mandatory in all Queensland state schools.  It is recommended also for independant and Catholic schools.

On Wednesday 1 March 2011 the National Healthy School Canteen guidelines were released by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

The implications of these new guidelines for the Smart Choices strategy will be considered by the Queensland Government. However, Queensland state schools should continue to implement the Smart Choices strategy in its current form, available at or


Food Act 2006 and Equivalent Arrangements for State Government Food Businesses

Author: Queensland Health


On 3 November, 2000 an intergovernmental agreement was signed by all States, Territories and the Commonwealth to establish a consistent food regulation system throughout Australia. As a result changes were made to the Food Act 1981 to incorporate model national provisions.  The objectives of the Food Act 2006 are to ensure food for sale is safe and suitable for human consumption, to prevent misleading conduct relating to the sale of food and to apply the Food Standards Code. The Act is based on managing food safety according to the risk that the food business presents to the community, the higher the risk, the higher the level of food safety regulation.

The Food Act 2006 commenced on 1 July 2006 with the exception of the requirement of food safety supervisors and food safety programs for high-risk food businesses which commences 22 February 2008 with a period of non-enforcement until 1 July 2008.  Equivalent arrangements for State government food businesses are to be phased in from 1 July 2009.



The Food Act 2006 applies to all licensable food businesses, which includes independant and Catholic school canteens.  State Schools are not bound by the Food Act 2006, however equivalent arrangements are to be phased in from 1 July 2009 to achieve similar levels of compliance as part of their duty of care to ensure the provision of safe food to the public.


See also the Food Safety Update for State School Tuckshops 2009


Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000


Author:  Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guradian




The Act requires certain people working with children under 18 to undergo employment screening - known as the Working with Children Check.  The Working with Children Check is a detailed national check of a person’s criminal history, including any charges or convictions.  A person whose application is approved is issued with a positive notice letter and a blue card. 



All paid canteen staff are required to have a Blue Card.  This applies even if your paid position is at the school where your child attends.  Volunteers who do not have parental responsibility on a permanent basis of a child attending the school also require a Blue Card.  


Volunteers, including volunteer canteen managers,  who have parental responsibility on a permanent basis of a child attending the school do not require a Blue Card. 


It is also important to note that paid employees can commence work whilst awaiting the outcome of their application, however volunteers requiring a Blue Card must hold a valid card before they commence volunteering.



Food Production (Safety) Act 2000

Author:  Safe Food Production Queensland


Safe Food Production Queensland (SFPQ) has two main objectives under the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000:


  • to ensure the production and processing of primary produce is carried out in a way that makes produce fit for human or animal consumption and maintains food quality
  • to provide food safety measures for the production and processing of primary produce consistent with other state laws relating to food safety.


Where primary produce is grown at a school and made available for supply through the tuckshop or sale at events eg. on market days or fetes,  there may be a requirement for the school to be accredited depending on the produce involved.  For example, if eggs produced from chickens at a school are to be used in the tuckshop, the school needs to be registered with Safe Food Production Queensland and have a food safety program in place for the egg production process. 


This applies to all schools, both state and independant.


If a school is already involved in such activities or thinking of commencing such activities they should contact Safe Food Production Queensland on 3253 9800 or 1800 300 815 or visit

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