Who is QAST

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The Queensland Association of School Tuckshops (QAST) is a not-for-profit membership association working with Queensland school communities to build capacity in tuckshops and improve health outcomes for children. Our vision is Healthy tuckshops, healthy schools, healthy children and we exist to support Queensland tuckshops to serve sustainable, affordable, nutritious and safe food choices.

Members of the Association

The Association is comprised of individual school tuckshops from State, Independent and Catholic schooling sectors across 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 2,000 students and teaching personnel daily.

Over 500 schools choose to support and benefit from the Association’s activities.

Members also include schools that provide 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

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 QAST President can be contacted at president@qast.org.au or via the contact form.

2022 Committee

Candice Coopmans

Ormiston State School Convenor

Lorie Robinson

Vice President
Ipswich Girls' Grammar School Catering Manager

Erica Koskela

Convenor Representative
Waterford State School Convenor

Deanne O'Neil

Convenor Representative
Currajong State School

Leanne Hayward

Convenor Representative
Bli Bli State School

Madonna Jardine

Convenor Representative
Cavendish Road State High School

Kelly Williams

Community Representative

Tania-Lea Nelson

Convenor Representative
Wooloowin State School

Barbara Radcliffe

Community Representative

Sally Whelan

P&Cs Qld Representative

Organisational Structure

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;

  • Becoming a member of 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.

347 Old Cleveland Road
QLD 4151

Phone: (07) 3324 1511

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QAST membership is the key to success in running a healthy and profitable tuckshop.

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