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




17   Annual General Meeting
       Presidents' Dinner


28   General Meeting
29   Teach Rural Career Fair (at the RNA)


16   General Meeting



18     General Meeting 

         Ros Korkatsis Forum

30     Teach Queensland Career Fair (at the RNA)


20     General Meeting



JCQTA at the Teach QLD Career Fair, RNA August 30, 2021

IMG_9161.jpgLester Ford, MLTAQ, and Phillipa Greig, BEAQ at the JCQTA stand.  
Jackie Mergard, representing STAQ and QAMT, was also in attendance

JCQTA President representing us at the Celebration of 50 Years of Qld College of Teachers, 16 June 2021 Deanne_and_Danielle_15-06-2021.jpg

 Ms Deanne Fishburn, QCT Director and Ms Danielle Gordon, JCQTA President


Ms Justine Cirocco, Executive Officer, Queensland Independent Schools Parent' Network (left), The Honourable Grace Grace MP, Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing and Ms Danielle Gordon, JCQTA President (on the right).


JCQTA at the Teach Rural Career Fair
RNA 29 April 2021

Bethany   (QATA (Art)),  Danielle Gordon (JCQTA President), Gaynor Johnson (STAQ/QAMT)


Jcqta_management_committee_2021.jpeg2021 JCQTA Management Committee

President, Dannielle Gordon (ETAQ); Secretary: Jackie Mergard (STAQ); Vice President, Sherryl Saunders (MLTAQ)  and Treasurer, Phillipa Greig (BEAQ) and not pictured:  Angela White, (Adolescent Success) and Anne Wood (ETAQ)

President's Message
The JCQTA provides a voice to teachers through professional association representation at both a 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 Presidents' Dinner and AGM in February, and the Ros Korkatsis Annual Forum in August are major events on the annual JCQTA calendar.

Committee meetings are held bi-monthly on the 3rd Wednesday which in 2021 will be on 28 April, 16 June, 18 August, and 20 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.

Danielle Gordon


2021 JCQTA Presidents’ Dinner and AGM

Our annual Presidents’ Dinner was held on 17th February 2021 at The Paddo Tavern.  This year, we also had our Annual General Meeting at the same time. Thank you for joining us online and face-to-face. It was a great night and I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with as many of you as I could, I hope you enjoyed the collegiality. 

 It is great to work with so many passionate educators as we all deal with environments of shift and change. One of our Presidents' Dinner speaker, Associate Professor Jennifer Alford, asked me to share the following quote with you, and I think it will resonate with many of us: 

“Teachers understand curriculum work as a complex process involving prioritisation,
 translation, and transformation of knowledge into appropriate conditions for learning.
 It is about understanding curriculum work as a deeply creative and productive process
 that relies on confidence with and command of content; deep pedagogical expertise;
 and a good understanding of the learners in question. It is understanding teaching as
 scholarly work, as intellectual work, as knowledge work.”
 (Mockler, 2017, p. x) 

Mockler, N. (2017). Roll back curriculum constraints and give teachers freedom to make professional judgements. EduResearch Matters AARE. https://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?p=1984 

Our other guest speakers at the Presidents' Dinner were representatives from the Australian Road Safety Foundation who spoke about an excellent new resource:  RoadSet,  aimed at Year 9 students. This looks to be an exciting digital resource that teaches while it engages students effectively.

Opportunities for Associations:

Please send EOIs to enquiries@jcqta.qld.edu.au OR president@jcqta.qld.edu.au if you are interested in any of the following opportunities :

1) Teach QLD brochure - please let me know ASAP if your association would like to be interested in this opportunity, the more associations the less the cost, sign-on date is Friday 26 February - see more here

2)  JCQTA Storage - we have secured storage space, at Coorparoo.  Please let us know if you would like to make use of this space.  We encourage associations that have no storage currently to join us in this initiative.  Associations that already have storage space might like to think about joining us at the Coorparoo facility as we could get a larger space and reduce the costs you are paying currently.  In the meantime, costs will be approx. $240-$300 per year (each) if three or four associations join us.  Make contact and access details (entry codes and padlock codes) will be given.

3) President's report  

 4) “Getting Governance Right”
Target Audience: All board/committee members and executive officers of professional teacher associations.  Presenter: Dr Deb Hull - APTA Board Member, CPTAV President and Executive Office of History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.  Format: legal obligations, best practice principles for financial governance and how to get the most out of your meetings. 40min presentation, 20min Q&A

Tuesday 16th March - 6:30-7:30 pm QLD time   Brochure and registration link coming to ASAP.

As your team faces increasingly challenging issues within their role, our free workshop ”Counselling Skills for the Community Service Professional’ will provide them with specialist counselling and communication skills, helping add greater professional and personal rewards to their role. The 6-hour, comprehensive, online workshop is entirely free. It’s an opportunity to engage in 3 learning sessions, which include:

1. A Micro-Skills Refresher to review: attending behaviours; responding skills; reflection of feeling; reframing & challenging.

2. Common Traps and Temptations for professionals includes: giving advice; taking an expert position; judging the client; problem-solving; fact centred listening; inappropriate self-disclose.

3. Applying Counselling Skills in Challenging and Complex Areas which includes: situations of values conflict; requests to problem-solving; working with resistant clients, clients showing strong emotions and clients experience significate crisis.

PLEASE NOTE: All attendees receive a comprehensive workbook and readings, which includes a summary of all skills covered. 
This free workshop will be held online via Zoom on Friday 26th March from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Places are limited so registration is on a “first in/first-served” basis. All community services professionals and their volunteers are invited to attend. Please share with your networks.

We are proud to provide this opportunity to our industry colleagues in support of the work they do. As a leader in Counselling education for 30 years, we look forward to sharing knowledge and skills that will support your team in positive, affirming ways.

Please check event details via this link and register your team now: Counselling Skills for the Community Service Professional 

Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors