PRESIDENT'S WELCOME


Welcome to the QASA website! QASA represents student advisers in Independent schools,TAFE Institutes,State schools,Universities,Private Education Providers and Government Departments. Our prime role is to foster the sharing of information (career,course, financial support, accommodation, labour market trends) of interest to students.

QASA has a long history of providing a forum for the sharing of information to benefit students with the current organization growing out of the Joint Committee of student advisers (Secondary school, University and TAFE representatives) formed in the late 1960s.
Our website is continually being updated as we strive to ensure that comprehensive information is available to student advisers.

The 'members area' currently features notes from our recent meetings. We would appreciate your feedback as to the information you find most useful.

QASA MISSION STATEMENT

QASA aims to promote, encourage and foster professional standards in careers education and careers guidance and counselling in schools and other institutions involved in the education and training of students and prospective students by providing information and professional development opportunities and support for members. QASA is a member of CICA, the Career Industry Council of Australia.

QASA membership is open to folk working within the careers counselling sector and costs $90 per financial year or part thereof.

The first two meetings early in each year usually focus on
1. a review of tertiary offers by QTAC and participating tertiary institutions
2. QSA issues arising from the previous year's cohort and
3. innovations and adjustments to programs offered by tertiary institutions for the forthcoming year/s.

A third meeting usually held in October focuses on new developments in the world of work. For example we may investigate employment options in a particular industry sector. Meetings in previous years have focussed on developments and employment in the Performing Arts, IT and Science industries. Employers and other representatives of each industry area (such as representatives from ITABs) are sought to give presentations. We also seek to provide information about new developments and directions in each industry area.

Minutes and other relevant notes of speakers' presentations are posted asap on the QASA website for members to access.

Cost of attendance at meetings for members is covered by the membership fee. Non-members are welcome to attend meetings at cost (with discount for those in CICA organisations) but do not have access to the minutes on the secure website.

The minutes and associated documents are highly valued by QASA members and are used frequently as a vital up-to-date source of information. In addition to the excellent resources provided by meetings, members enjoy the networking opportunities that meetings provide. Further, opportunities to question representatives of many institutions and employers on behalf of their clients can also be valuable.

On behalf of the QASA Executive, we hope this information encourages you to join!

 

CURRENT EXECUTIVE

Current QASA Executive
The current QASA Executive members are:
President
Ms Pat Smith
Manager Public Relations and Information Services
QTAC
Level 2 33 Park Rd Milton 4064
Phone: 3858 1288
Fax: 3368 2263
Mobile: 0417779336
Preferred method of contact: Email

Treasurer and Membership Secretary
Ms Helen Stevens
Hubbards School
PO Box 1576 MILTON QLD 4064
Phone: 07 3371 5999
Fax: 07 3371 5999
Preferred method of contact: Email

Vice-President
Mrs Marilyn Pemberton
Guidance Officer
i-support, The Learning Place
PO Box 1238 COORPAROO DC 4151
Phone: 07 3421 6587
Fax: 07 3421 6588
Preferred method of contact: Phone or email

Secretary
Robyn Drake

Committee members
Suzanne Ketcheson
Trisha McGroarty
Jim Seaha
Karen Standen

 

BRIEF HISTORY OF QASA

Brief History of the founding of QASA and the role played by Jim McGrath in that process.

Tribute to Jim McGrath
Patricia Macgroarty 16 April 2003

In my tribute to Jim I propose to take you with me down memory lane calling on past friends who have helped bring QASA to where we are today. Membership has grown over three decades to approximately 200.

It all began in December 1969 when, prompted by the Commonwealth Department of Labour & National Services, an inaugural meeting was held at the University of Queensland hosted by the Director of the Counselling Service. At this meeting was a well-known figure from Qld Education Research and Guidance Branch, Senior Guidance Officer, John Eckersley. He was joined by representatives from the University of Qld, the Qld. Institute of Technology and two school counsellors. They decided to form a "Committee of Guidance Officers and Careers Counsellors".

In 1972 the same Commonwealth department established the Careers Reference Centre appointing Michael Duran as its first Qld. Manager. Michael joined the committee and it is thanks to these founding members who had the foresight to establish a forum for discussion on educational/vocational issues relating to schools, universities, TAFE colleges, and employer organisations, that we are here today.

When Guidance Branch assumed administrative responsibility for the committee in 1987 the name was changed to the "Joint Committee of Student Advisers". However stormy waters were ahead and the committee was threatened with extinction when Guidance Branch could no longer give administrative support to the committee.

A steering committee was formed and, in due course, an executive management committee elected. The new "Committee of Student Advisers," self-funded by membership fees, relied on considerable assistance from Jim Seaha, Ipswich Grammar, Carolyn Beit, Ipswich Girls Grammar, Frank Hughes, Careers Co-ordinator Catholic Education , Liz Balkin, TAFE and myself representing the University of Queensland, all members of our first Executive Management Committee. Everybody worked tirelessly to ensure the continuation of the committee and to encourage membership growth. But alas we had no home!

Jim McGrath came to the rescue offering us a venue for our executive meetings at Open Access, Woolloongabba where we met regularly to co-ordinate the yearly events and to work on a 'constitution' for submission to Consumer Affairs for incorporation. With Jim's support and encouragement we achieved this in 1996.

My colleagues since those early days from the first Executive and others who followed including Teresa Quinn, John Carroll, Denis Arthy (formerly QUT), Richard Wall, Marion Hay, John Low, our current President Pat Smith, and the 2003 executive
join me now in wishing Jim a happy and satisfying retirement. We thank you for being a gracious host for our committee in the 1990's and for the many pleasurable Christmas parties at Open Access.

We pay tribute to you for your support for the youth of Queensland, and for your contribution to their development that enables them to become highly educated, dynamic citizens within the Asia Pacific region.

The Queensland Association of Student Advisers salute you Jim and we hope that you will continue your involvement with us when you can spare us some time.

Au Revoir
Jim McGrath