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
Opportunities to be involved with QAST
QAST welcomes everyone's involvement in the organisation. Consider;
- Joining QAST
- Taking up a position on the QAST Management Committee
- Becoming a corporate sponsor or advertise to members
- Submitting an article or idea for the QAST Talking Tuckshops eNewsletter
- Attending a QAST Convention or Tuckshop Network Meeting
- Volunteering for a QAST research project
Funding and sponsors
QAST receives a large portion of its funding from membership fees. In addition QAST receives assistance from the Queensland Government's Department of Health and Department of Education and Training to deliver support services for the Smart Choices initiative. QAST also has a successful history of winning grants to carry out other special projects and welcomes interest from corporate sponsors and advertisers.
History of QAST
The idea to form an association in Queensland came from a number of individuals and groups, including tuckshop workers and health/education organisations. Highlights over the years include;