As a membership based organisation, the Queensland Association of School Tuckshops fully understands the needs of convenors, P&C members and business managers and we know that its an ever continuing challenge to manage a school tuckshop. The tuckshop plays a very important role in the school community. QAST understands the hard work that is needed to meet the demands of running a school foodservice and fulfilling this role. Tuckshops have changed so much over the years and, as the industry's Association in Queensland, QAST has embraced these changes to make sure we can always offer the best support and up-to-date information available. QAST members benefit from the wealth of experience of its management committee and quality services delivered by industry professionals. Canteen Managers on the management committee provide invaluable first-hand insight into current issues, and assist in understanding and managing such issues. Staff who deliver services to our members have expertise in tuckshop management, food technology, nutrition and working with parent groups and other key stakeholders within communities. Each year typically over 650 schools choose to join as a member, representing the majority of tuckshops operating in Queensland.
The Queensland Association of School Tuckshops is a not for profit community organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of Queensland tuckshops in their endeavours to offer nutritious, hygienic and economically viable food services. QAST is recognised as the lead support agency for tuckshops by managers and convenors across the state along with government departments, food industry and other support services working with schools. Operating as an incorporated association since 1996, the Association is also registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ABN 48219 893 165) and is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 31798).
QAST provides a professional, responsive and proactive membership organisation with strong alliances with government, industry and like-minded organisations. Everyday QAST is busy with;
- Answering questions and offering advice
- Writing articles and fact sheets
- Attending meetings to promote QAST and advocate for all school food services
- Developing and reviewing new resources
- Selling useful tuckshop merchandise
- Maintaining informative websites
- Facilitating networking and sharing ideas among tuckshops
- Presenting workshops and training to a variety of groups
- Carrying out special research projects about food services in schools