Members of the Association

The Association is comprised of individual school tuckshops from State, Independant and Catholic schooling sectors across the state of Queensland. These members range from small school tuckshops located in remote locations providing meals one day per week to large secondary schools and colleges in metropolitan or regional centres providing food services to over 2000 students and teaching personnel daily. Membership is renewed annually with over 650 tuckshop members choosing to support and benefit from the Association’s activities.

Members also include schools providing special educational services, school camping and other outdoor educational facilities, individuals from the community interested in school nutrition and life members who have dedicated considerable time and effort supporting the Association and its initiatives.

Management Committee

QAST MCM 2018

(Image: 2018 Committee)

The Management Committee is responsible for the administration and strategic planning of the Association’s activities on behalf of the Members. The Committee is made up of a diverse group of people ranging from tuckshop convenors, community members and Parent Bodies. This group provides valuable insight into all aspects of tuckshop operations and their role in the community to ensure the Association remains representative of its members and relevant to current issues in the sector. Members from around the state are encouraged to consider being a representative on the committee and are welcome to contact the Association to discuss what is involved.

The 2018 Management Committee Members are:

  • President: Lorie Robinson, Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School
  • Vice Presidents: Robyn Tennant
  • Treasurer: Barbara Radcliffe, Qld Health
  • Secretary – Karen Tobin, QAST
  • Tuckshop Convenor Representatives: Deanne O’Neill, Currajong State School; Candice Coopmans, Ormiston State School; Bernadette Sargent, Tallebudgera State School; Erica Koskela, Ormeau State School; Caralyn Christensen, Coombabah State High School; Leanne Hayward, Bli Bli State School
  • Community Representative: Vacant
  • P&Cs Qld Representative: Madonna Stewart
  • Catholic School Parents Qld: Denise Holden

The QAST President Mrs Lorie Robinson can be contacted at president@qast.org.au or via the QAST Office or Contact Us form on this site.

QAST Office

The team in QAST’s office are employed by the Management Committee to deliver services to Members and the Association’s annual operational plans. 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. The Association also frequently benefits from contributions by volunteers and university students completing community nutrition practicum placements in their final year of studies to become dietitians.

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
  • Attending a QAST Convention or Tuckshop Network Meeting
  • Volunteering for a QAST research project