Support and advice


If you would like more information please contact:

QAST is dedicated to the promotion and support of Queensland tuckshops and canteens in their endeavour to offer nutritious, hygienic and economically viable food services.

Telephone: (07) 3324 1511.

Food Smart Schools is an exciting program provided by NAQ Nutrition. Food Smart Schools works with the whole school community to provide accurate, practical nutrition information and a range of service and advice for school tuckshops and canteens, Principals, P&C's, teachers, school based youth health nurses, parents and students.

Telephone: (07) 3257 4393.

QAST Tuckshop Network meetings

With support from the Queensland Government, the Queensland Association of School Tuckshops hosts Tuckshop Network Meetings across the state. At these meetings, groups of tuckshop convenors or volunteers from schools in the local area are getting together once a Term or a couple of times each year to share their ideas. The meetings are of great benefit to tuckshop convenors and volunteers as they provide opportunities to interact with others who understand the issues faced in a tuckshop. Topics often discussed include:

  • Smart Choices
  • sharing of menus and recipes
  • budgeting and pricing menu items
  • current grants available
  • ideas for producing food quickly
  • stock control and minimising waste
  • handling special diets on a menu
  • recruiting volunteers
  • suppliers servicing the area.

Tuckshop convenors, volunteers and parent body representatives are welcome to attend and there is no cost. Light refreshments will be available.

View the Tuckshop Network meeting schedule.

QAST eMenu tool

With funding support from the Queensland Government, the Queensland Association of School Tuckshops (QAST) has developed an eMenu tool to assist schools in planning healthy menus. At eMenu you can find recipes, products, sample menus and more. You can also conduct your own Menu Health Check and get instant feedback on how your menu complies with Smart Choices.

School menu review checklist

A quick menu review activity (PDF, 7.0MB) to evaluate your current tuckshop menu and to provide guidance for menu improvement if required.

Smart Choices checklist

This checklist is provided to assist schools, their Principals, Parents and Citizens' Associations and Smart Choices Committee to establish at a glance whether the school complies with Smart Choices, the Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools .

Tuckshop refurbishment

Points to consider when refurbishing a school tuckshop (DOC, 237KB) has been developed in consultation with the Queensland Association of School Tuckshops and Nutrition Australia to assist school communities with refurbishing existing tuckshops.

Australian Dietary Guidelines

The Australian Dietary Guidelines provide advice about the amount and kinds of foods we need to eat for health and wellbeing. To find out more about the guidelines visit the Eat for Health website.

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is a food selection guide which visually represents the proportion of the five food groups recommended for consumption each day in the Australian Dietary Guidelines. To find out more about the guide visit the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.

Last updated 19 February 2019