About Us

QAST exists to support tuckshops

The Queensland Association of School Tuckshops (QAST) 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 since 1996.

We are the lead support agency for tuckshops in Queensland offering QAST members benefit from the wealth of experience of our management committee and quality services delivered by industry professionals.

How Can QAST Help You?

Telephone Help Line:

QAST staff members are a phone call away to assist you with your tuckshop related questions and queries.

eMenu:

Our online ideas bank with recipe ideas and sample menus constantly being updated. Also includes a suppliers directory and Smart Choices information.

Tuckshop Toolbox:

Our online suite of samples and templates to support the successful running of your tuckshop. Sections include staffing, volunteers, finance, operations, food safety, online ordering and Smart Choices.

Personalised Consultations:

With over 30 years experience and over 600 member schools QAST knows what works.

We can provide a level of support to suit your needs and budget. From free phone consultations, Financial Consultations and Menu Health Checks for members, to comprehensive face to face Tuckshop Tuneup site visits.

Training:

We offer a variety of quality training courses to tuckshop staff. These include Food Safety, Menu Planning & Pricing, Volunteer Recruitment & Retention, and a NEW Convenor Course.

Networking:

Face to face network meetings are held in each region of Queensland to provide opportunities to share ideas and experiences amongst tuckshop staff, managers and volunteers.

Our Facebook page connects tuckshop staff, managers and volunteers.

Talking Tuckshops Workshops:

These popular workshops are held yearly during terms 1 and 2 across Queensland. They include opportunities to meet with suppliers and QAST staff members, network with other local schools, view school showcases and participate in professional development workshop sessions.

Meet the QAST Office Team

Chris Ogden - Executive Services Manager

Chris has been involved with QAST for over 20 years. As Executive Services Manager, she oversees our small team. Chris is a Food Tecnologist, Food Safety Supervisor and has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Aimee Johnston - Senior Project Officer

Aimee has been at QAST for 3 years and has 6 years exprience working on school nutrition programs. She co-ordinates our projects and member services. Aimee is a Dietitian, Food Safety Supervisor and has a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

Karen Tobin - Administration Officer

Karen has been with QAST for over 11 years. She is your first point of contact over the phone and email. She is a Food Safety Supervisor and has a Certificate IV in Co-ordination of Volunteer Programs.