Department of Health
QAST works closely with the Department of Health to support the implementation of Smart Choices, the Department of Health provides funding for QAST to boost services to school tuckshops, to deliver the Tuckshop Network Meetings across regional Queensland and to provide the Smart Choices Nutrition Advisory Service for the food industry. QAST has a great working relationship with the Statewide Preventive Health Unit.
Image: Dr Jeannette Young (Qld Chief Health Officer); Chris Ogden (QAST Executive Services Manager); Barbara Radcliffe (QAST Executive Committee Member/Advanced Community Nutritionist, Metro South Health)
Department of Education and Training
QAST has a collaborative partnership with this department, meeting once a term to discuss matters about the Smart Choices Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy and its implementation in schools.
QAST has also been involved in the review of the Standing Offer Arrangement for Food and Groceries in 2019.
In 2019 / 2020 the Department has funded the Tuckshop Turnaround Project, which has allowed QAST to work with 21 school tuckshops, 3 in each Education Region to assist them to become profitable.
Funding and sponsors
QAST receives a large portion of its funding from membership fees, in addition to assistance from the Queensland Government’s Department of Health and Department of Education and Training. QAST also has a successful history of winning grants to carry out other special projects and welcomes interest from corporate sponsors and advertisers.