Your Industry Association & Member Services
We are here to help you! QAST prides itself on providing services to empower you as a member, and help you make your tuckshop a place of pride in the school community. Just like your tuckshop, we also need support from our community and it is only with the support of membership that QAST is able to exist. The team at QAST has a great appreciation and respect for the diversity of school tuckshops and we would like all our members to feel like a unique part of our large extended family as we support each other on our individual journeys. There’s nothing better than when your tuckshop just works!
You can find a full list of member benefits here, or read below.
Member schools are able to access to a range of essential services for convenors, parent body representatives and business managers. Click on each of the links below for further information about each of our services and how to access them.
- Tuckshop Help Line
- My Tuckshop Toolbox
- Menu Health Check
- Food Safety Training & Support
- eMenu Plus
- Talking Tuckshops eNews Updates
- Tuckshop of the Year Awards
- Financial Consultancy Service
- Free Consultant Services
- Networking and Support
- Tuckshop Day Photo Competition
- 12 month membership now available to June 2020
($30 small school subsidies are available)
Tuckshop Help Line
Call 07 3324 1511
There is nothing better than simply picking up the phone when you have a question about running your tuckshop. Our staff can assist with queries on a range of topics including managing a food service outlet, nutrition, volunteers, food safety, menu design and more.
My Tuckshop Toolbox
Accessed via the website, “My Tuckshop Toolbox” provides members with a suite of tools necessary to run a tuckshop effectively including budgeting tools, costing calculators, stocktake records, food safety templates, posters and more.
Menu Health Check
Each year members receive a report on their current menu providing a summary of how well it performs against Smart Choices criteria and offers suggestions for improvements. This is an ideal tool to keep committees, Principals and Convenors informed. To receive a health check simply send us a copy of your menu or submit it via eMenu.
Food Safety Training & Support
We keep you up to date on any changes in your obligations and applicable government regulations. Online resources are also available for training your volunteers and we offer subsidised nationally accredited training for your Food Safety Supervisor.
When you need help with your menu, eMenu is the place to go and only QAST Members have access to all the features. With eMenu Plus you have access to reports on your menu online, submit recipes for rating and, if eligible, have your menu become QAST approved.
Talking Tuckshops eNews Updates
We keep you up to date on all relevant issues impacting Queensland tuckshops including government food guidelines, food safety regulations, food industry news and more. Each edition also comes with recipe ideas, news on what other tuckshops are doing, upcoming events, available grants and more.
Tuckshop of the Year Awards
All QAST members are eligible to enter the awards aimed at celebrating and acknowledging tuckshops and those who work in them that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year. Previous winners have enjoyed the recognition gained in their school community and beyond. For more information and to nominate.
Financial Consultancy Service
Is your tuckshop struggling to make a profit? QAST has over 30 years combined experience in running viable tuckshops and can assist your tuckshop to get back in the black. This service is free to members. Download the application form today.
Free Consultant Services
Each week our industry experts are available for members to make either a telephone, web conference or face to face appointment to discuss specific and more in depth issues that you are experiencing in your tuckshop. Face to face appointments are available weekly at our Brisbane office or contact us for availability in regional areas.
Networking and Support
Much is to be gained from sharing “real life” experiences. QAST actively facilitates local tuckshop networks and provides support for 14 groups now operating across Queensland. Can’t make it to a meeting? Join us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and now Instagram.
Tuckshop Day Photo Competition
The first Friday each November is all about saying thank you to everyone involved in your tuckshop. Members simply post their best Tuckshop Day photo on our Facebook site to be in the running for our annual prize. Join us on Facebook to receive notices about this years competition.
Become a Member
Additional Services for Members
Developing the skills among your team immediately benefits both your school’s community and those working behind the counter. Members can enroll in one or all of our training modules covering menu design, financial management and food safety- all delivered face to face at regional skilling events.
- Flexible training to match your existing experience or qualifications
- Delivered face to face with other convenors to share ideas and tips
- Quality courses designed specifically for tuckshops by a registered training organsiation
Tuckshop Financial Consultancy Service
Is your tuckshop struggling to make a profit? QAST has over 30 years combined experience in running viable tuckshops and can assist your tuckshop to get back in the black.
The Tuckshop Financial Consultancy includes:
- A review of the current and previous years profit & loss (include a copy of the current tuckshop menu).
- Discuss areas of concern and proposed changes with Convenor, P&C/P&F and school administration representatives.
- A written report that will compare your data with industry benchmarks and outline recommendations for changes.
- Follow up contact to check on progress of proposed changes.
Free to QAST members
On Site Consultant Services
Need an extra hand? Our “Tuckshop TuneUp” consultants are qualified professionals who’ve worked with tuckshops for over 10 years, plus they’re backed by the wealth of knowledge of our committee and hundreds of members. Only members can book onsite consultancy services with our industry experts.
- Complete review of your tuckshop’s operations, menu and management
- Detailed report and recommendations
- Includes ongoing support activities to help make a change