Learning Support Teachers Association QLD

We Are

LSTAQ (Learning Support Teachers’ Association of Queensland Incorporated)

LSTAQ is the amalgamation of the former RTAQ (Remedial Teachers’ Association of Queensland Incorporated) and STAQ (Support Teachers’ Association of Queensland). RTAQ served teachers, students and parents for 33 years. STAQ originated as the Secondary Resource Teacher’s Association in 1978 and underwent the subsequent name change to reflect changed role titles in the workplace. The amalgamation as RSTAQ (Remedial and Support Teachers’ Association of Queensland Incorporated) in 2001 of the two associations, recognises the current educational context as one of change, challenge and opportunity. RSTAQ association name was changed to LSTAQ in 2009. LSTAQ represents a spirit of engagement to celebrate diversity and to be at the forefront of collegial conversations addressing identity and difference.


  • To promote the professional role of the learning support teacher working alongside teachers to enable students with diverse learning needs to participate in common educational experiences.
  • To provide a forum for communication and professional development among learning support teachers.
  • To advocate that learning support teachers have a mediating position in schools, as trained specialists, to remove barriers for students experiencing a range of learning difficulties.


Educational leaders problem-solving to create classrooms that accept and respect that each student has the opportunity to learn and grow within a school community.


  • Organise meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences for professional development and networking;
  • Maintain a website for the professional community;
  • Disseminate, through a variety of mechanisms, current research and theory in the professional field;
  • Liaise with and establish professional partnerships with other professional bodies with similar advocacy roles within Australia and internationally;

  • Liaise and collaborate with educational training institutions and accreditation bodies;
  • Negotiate professional standards and qualifications;
  • Advocate for learning support roles with employing bodies;
  • Negotiate and liaise with employer bodies and industrial unions who cover support teachers in Queensland.

Meet The Committee

Kerrie Ridings

Kerrie has worked for 30 years with Education Queensland in various roles including Early Childhood Teaching,  Learning Support and Special Education.

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Robyn Davey
Committe Member

Robyn has been a committee member since 2007. Robyn began her teaching career as an early childhood educator working in Queensland State Pre-school centres. While raising her young family Robyn completed a Grad Dip in Resource Teaching at QUT.

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Helen Little

  Helen joined the RTAQ in rural Queensland as a form of networking with like-minded professionals. On her transfer to Brisbane she joined the committee at the time of the merger with the Secondary Resource Teachers Association. She has been an active committee member since 2003.   Helen has undertaken the role of President, Secretary

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Lesley Brown

Lesley joined the committee a year after becoming a member in 2008.

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Jennie Lawless
Vice President

Jennie Lawless helped to form Secondary Resource Teachers Association in 1977 having completed the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Resource Teaching 1975-1976. Jennie became the first President of the Association. She was involved as a committee member until 1990 and remained a member of that Association.

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Eileen Ross
Committe Member

Eileen Ross has a background in Early Childhood Education. She holds a Master of Learning Innovation (Majoring in Learning Support and Inclusive Education).

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As a member of LSTAQ for many years, I have found it a valuable source of collegial support, professional development and ideas sharing. As you’d

/ Gerard Healy,

In conjunction with SPELD QLD and Learning Difficulties Australia, LSTAQ organises and conducts a two-day biennial conference which is of great interest and relevance to

/ Bronwyn Gartside,

As member of LSTAQ over the past ten years, I have been impressed by the level of professionalism, currency of research shared pertinent to the

/ Jill Elliott,

LSTAQ shares ideas, interventions and resources used in school based programsto promote student learning.

/ Robyn Davey,

LSTAQ is a great point of contact. It has helped me to feel that I am not alone when struggling to do the best for my students.

/ Emily Jones,

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