Tuckshops help students thrive

Life Education Queensland understands school tuckshops play a vital role in nutrition at school for many children, some of them daily.  It is so important that healthy foods are provided and encouraged and that children have tasty, nutritious options to choose from. 

There is no doubt that tuckshops have differing competing demands and challenges and operate in many different ways, there is no one size fits all answer to success.  On this page you will find relevant information and support for your tuckshop to help you and your students thrive.


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Tuckshop Resources

Queensland Association of School Tuckshops (QAST)

QAST exists just to support tuckshops! The team offers a specialised service for approximately 650 Queensland school tuckshop members, and has been doing so since 1995. Their professional team have experience working with schools of all types and sizes, and can help you to meet your goals. 

Some of the QAST member services include: 

  • Tuckshop help line – unlimited phone and email support for all your tuckshop queries; 
  • Resource library – A one-stop shop with templates and ideas for running your tuckshop efficiently, housed within the QAST website; 
  • eMenu – website of recipe and menu ideas (accessible for everyone); 
  • Financial Advisory Service – Free phone consultation for members to review their Profit & Loss and help meet financial goals; 
  • Menu Health Check – for feedback on your menu size, presentation and compliance with Smart Choices; 
  • Tuckshop Network Meetings – held once face to face each year in major regional centres, and regularly online to meet other conveners, share recipes and ideas; 
  • Quarterly Tuckshop eNewsletter – latest information, recipes and news; 
  • Training courses – Food Safety Supervisor Course, Convener Course and Pathway to Profit. Remote learning options for Convenor Course and Pathway to Profit 
  • Tuckshop of the Year awards – celebrating success of tuckshops each year. 

Contact the friendly QAST team about joining the association as a member. Membership is $330 for 18 months, or just $45 if you have under 100 students. 

Additional Resources
Visit the QAST website

FREE 'SMART CHOICES' – Queensland Department of Education and Training

The Queensland Department of Education and Training has developed a FREE training program on the SMART CHOICES healthy school food guidelines for tuckshops, parents and teachers.

There are 3 easy to follow modules:

  • MODULE 2: Planning a Healthy Menu
  • MODULE 3: SMART CHOICES beyond the tuckshop
Access the free training modules

Empower children to live healthier lives. Enquire about the new Healthy Eats Program today!

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