The Joint Council of Queensland Teachers’ Associations Inc is a peak body for Queensland education professional associations, state based and national associations based in Queensland, providing a common voice on educational matters in the interests of teachers. JCQTA promotes collaboration between member associations and aims to grow our community whose interests are across preschool, primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary sectors. ...read more




  • Queenslanders expressed a strong desire for getting back to basics – strong literacy and numeracy fundamentals.
    •  They also wanted practical learning to best position students for the jobs of the future.
    •  They wanted teachers to be respected and valued and attract our highest achievers into the profession.
    •  How to we achieve these aspirations and will the proposed targets focus our effort to achieve these goals.


  • 100 per cent of Queensland children have basic literacy and numeracy in primary school
  • Education is highly valued by all Queenslanders

Responses from JCQTA Presidents Dinner (09/02/14)

  •  The two targets can be contradictory
  • The government has to demonstrate that it values education ( this is not apparent with school closures and reductions in the number of Guidance Officers in schools)
  • Specific characteristics of how education is valued by all Queenslanders need to be identified- how is value measured?
  • Countries where education is highly valued (such as Finland) could provide a model to achieve the second target
  • Dedicated teachers in low-socio economic areas feel they are judged by performance on NAPLAN. Another method of measuring literacy and numeracy that does not condemn students who suffer disadvantage needs to be considered.
  • The first target could be a reflection of government think as reflected in the media

(such as the perception that Queensland students underperform in literacy and numeracy)

  • Education is complex and there are many outcomes that cannot be measured
  • Schools need a futures focus in resourcing, for example resources for Manual Arts  reflect the industries and jobs of the 1950s
  • Pedagogical approaches need to encourage creative approaches (how does this fit with Target1?)
  • A concentrated Public Relations campaign could support Target 2
  • 3 year contracts for Principals could have a detrimental effect on both targets

President's Message

As President I invite you to join the JCQTA for 2016. There are many challenges and opportunities facing professional teacher associations in areas of professional learning, curriculum implementation and funding for education. The JCQTA provides a voice to teachers through professional association representation at both state level and at a federal level through the Australian Professional Teachers’ Association (APTA). In meeting the challenges and grasping the opportunities it is important that we support one another and work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes for Queensland students.

 Our two major events will be the Presidents’ Dinner on 17  February and the Ros Korkatsis Annual Forum in August. We will be conducting Board Meetings on 20 April, 15 June, and in October. In order to present a united voice on issues that affect us all we require a representative from all our member associations to attend these meetings.

I welcome you and look forward to working together to support the great work you do for your members.



President's Dinner  17 February

Meeting 20 April

Meeting 15 June 

Forum  August

19  October


The JCQTA Presidents' Dinner

Wednesday 17 February 2016   4.30am -7.00pm


Where:  Broncos Leagues Club, Fulcher Road Red Hill

Up to three members per association may attend.

 Forum: 4.30-6.00 pm

Is your association addressing The Advancing Education plan for Queensland?

How can associations support the plan’s focus on valuing our teachers and educators?


Join us for a presentation by a representative from State-Schools Performance, Department of Education and Training, Queensland to find how to align your association’s activities with current system priorities


Dinner: 6.00pm - 6.30pm

Workshop session 6.30-7.00pm:

Professional Teacher Associations- Directions for 2016 and beyond

APTA Award nominations



Please RSVP by Wednesady 10th  February to Jackie Mergard - j.mergard@uq.edu.au




 For more information and to register contact j.mergard@uq.edu.au or caroline.brooks@bigpond.com


Dr Louise McCuaig, winner of the APTA 2014 Meritorious Contribution to the Profession Award with JCQTA President Caroline Brooks. The awards ceremony was held in Sydney on 30 November 2014.