The Queensland Retired Teachers' Association

"A professional fraternal fellowship in retirement"

The QRTA is a body of ex-teachers (state and non-state, interstate and overseas) and their spouses, established to cater for the needs of members in retirement.

QRTA Branches - Meetings and events

Brisbane (State) Branch

Events and meetings

RSVP at least a week before each activity to the secretary.

March 19 , 9:45am for 10.00am : Morning tea for new members

Guest speaker : Dr James Lersessner
Venue :United Services Club, Wickham Terrace
Cost: $20 (includes morning tea)

April 23, 10:00am : Tour of Fort Lytton incl. morning tea

May 21, 11.39am for noon : 38th Birthday lunch

Venue: To be decided

June 18, 10:00am : Tour Brisbane Synagogue

July 16, 10:00am : Walter Taylor Bridge walk

with Brisbane Greeters

August 20, 10:00am : Annual General Meeting

Venue ; Milperra State High School

September (date to be decided) : Tour of Government House

October 15, 10:00am ; Speaker (to be decided)

Venue : Brisbane Square Library

November 19, 10:00am : Art Gallery Tour

December 10, 12:00 : Christmas lunch

Venue : QTU building

Note : Dates and times may change. Information regarding events will be emailed in the QRTA Monthly.


Secretary Donella Lister at qrtasec@gmail.com

State executive

Meet on the first Tuesday of the month (except for January).

Maryborough Group

Meetings and events

To be advised


Please contact Ashley Taylor on (07) 4122 1651 or email, or Diane Humphreys on (07) 4121 2542 or email.

Rockhampton Branch (RRTA)

Meetings and events

Rockhampton Branch meets on the 2nd Monday of each month (unless a public holiday) at St Stephen’s Hall Burnett St, North Rockhampton.

Meetings start at 9.30am and alternate between in house meetings with a guest speaker and morning tea, and outings to places of interest, month about.

The Annual General Meeting occurs in August and the December meeting is followed by a Christmas luncheon.

Contact Ethel or Margaret for further details.


President Ethel Hugues (07) 4928 3599 or email

Sec/Treasurer Margaret Black (07) 4928 2490 or email

Who can join the QRTA?

Membership is open to:

  • All retired teachers, teacher aides and library aides for Queensland State and non-state schools, colleges and other educational institutions whether at pre-school, primary, secondary, tertiary, special, technical or advanced educational levels
  • Any retired person who held a position allied to education after accepting promotion or transfer for teaching
  • Any retired person who held a position allied to education in an interstate or overseas educational institution
  • Any spouse of any financial member, or spouse of a deceased member who makes application for membership
  • Any retired staff member of the Queensland Teachers' Union, the Queensland Teachers' Credit Union or the Queensland Teachers' Union Health Society who makes application for membership

Benefits of QRTA membership

Financial members of the Queensland Retired Teachers' Association [ those who have paid their "additional Membership Benefits Fee} receive:

  • a subscription to the Queensland Teachers' Union Journal (currently 8 issues per year) - QRTA have a "Retired Teachers' Column" in each issue of the Journal
  • A copy of the QRTA Annual Program
  • A subscription to the QRTA digest (currently 4 issues per year)
  • the use of the Union Shopper for discount buying of an ever increasing range of goods and services. This is the only way retired teachers can maintain access to the services of the Union Shopper
  • access to the Queensland Teachers' Union library

All this in addition to

  • social gatherings
  • forums and discussions
  • entertainment
  • group activity
  • up to date information about a range of issues relevant to our needs
  • cultural activities
  • outings and excursions


As from 1 July 1999, to join the Association, members will pay a Membership fee of $20 and an Additional Membership Benefits Fee of $5, ie a total of $25 for the first year's membership.

Each year, in order to retain the benefits, an additional Membership Benefits Fee (of $5) will be due on 1 January, and is to be paid before 31 March of that year - ie membership RENEWAL is $5 per year.

Fees are set at the Annual General Meeting.

Forms and brochures

QRTA Executive

QRTA Executive meets on the first Tuesday of each month except January.




Hon. Patron

Kevin Bates

07 3512 9000


Noela Rogers

Email: qrtasec@gmail.com
Mobile: 0408967079

Vice President/Minutes

Roger Abell


Past President

Maida Lilley



Donella Lister

Mobile 0409 630 319
Email: qrtasec@gmail.com


Frank Atkinson

Email: qrta1t@gmail.com

Membership Secretary

Bob Bell


Association Carer

Des James


QRTA Digest

Position vacant

Send articles by email to President via Secretary


Sandra Crawford

Association Archivist

Position vacant



Ursula Blaszczyk

Norma Wiltshire


President's Report for 2017 /18

It gives me great pleasure to present the annual report of the Queensland Retired Teachers’ Association for 2017 /18
QTU President Kevin Patron and Auditor John Wild, Members and guests

We are privileged to be holding this AGM at Hamilton State School.   We thank the administration for allowing us to visit and experience school life today.

We are also indebted to the Queensland Teachers’ Union for allowing us to hold our monthly meetings in their building at Graham Street Milton and to the staff who set up for us before each meeting. We would also like to thank the QTU for allowing staff to include our membership information in their mail out to all teachers as they retire so that they have knowledge of the benefits of belonging to our association.

At present Queensland Retired Teachers’ Association has members meeting in Brisbane, Maryborough and Rockhampton.  Sadly branches at Toowoomba and Townsville meet informally due to lack of members.

New members are contacted and encouraged to join the groups in their area.  It is interesting to note that while many teachers have retired from teaching jobs their spare time is minimal as they are now ready to embark on new careers, pursue travel ambitions, volunteer in many areas or just relax with family.  

Members are reminded  that subscribing to the Association not only brings the advantages of access to the Union Shopper but the chance to keep abreast of education trends through reading the Queensland Teachers’ Union Journal, the QRTA Digest, the Monthly Newsletter and the yearly calendar of events.

Membership director, Bob Bell, continues to update the membership database which allows us to contact members about all the advantages of being part of this association.  At present there are 1000 plus members registered throughout Queensland but only 360 are financial and receive the Queensland Teachers Union journal and the Digest.  Those with email addresses get reminders to activities organised by the branch and also interesting information for seniors from other organisations such as the Brisbane Seniors Network, through a Monthly Newsletter organised by Donella Lister and Peter Fenoglio.    We thank them for the great job of reminding us of information  relevant for seniors.

Sometimes information shared through the newsletter is from other institutions.  During the year it was decided that we should seek legal advice concerning our position regarding the information.  The QTU helped by referring us to their legal representatives who came to speak at a meeting.  The result is that a disclaimer has been attached to the Digest and the Newsletter to cover the QRTA legally.  Look for it when next you read these communications.

It is very exciting to be able to continue our advocacy for the needs of seniors through the 2010 -20 strategy which aims to support the Department of Communities vision for fair, cohesive and vibrant communities.  Brisbane Seniors Network gives QRTA the opportunity to learn from many organizations dealing with the care of seniors and pass on this information to our QRTA members.

Any relevant information is disseminated through the Digest and the Newsletter.

Sharing the load of Secretary Donella Lister and Roger Abel have done an excellent job of keeping us informed of activities, information and recording our every word.  Frank continues to look after all things monetary as we will see from the Treasurers report.

Des James continues to show the caring nature of our organisation by keeping in touch with members and informing us of their special occasions.

The Executive has been privileged to have Jim Pearse add to the decision making throughout the year, but circumstances has seen Jim and Mavis relocating to Melbourne.  We thank them for all they have done for the QRTA and wish them well.

Other Executive members – Maida Lilley, Ursula Blaszczyk, Sandra Crawford and Norma Wiltshire contribute to the organizing of the association.

While Toowoomba, Maryborough and Townsville enjoyed lunches, Rockhampton organised a full program for their members with speakers or visits to interesting sites around the district.

For members closer to Brisbane or those visiting, the programme committee organised a variety of outings during 2017/18 year.   

Our activities continue with the philosophy of socialisation and lifelong learning.  From a historical view point we visited Ormiston House, Dunwich Museum on Stradbroke Island, and Trad Coast Heritage Park Eagle Farm to learn about the early settlement of Brisbane and the Moreton islands.

From a personal view we invited speakers from Estate Planning and COTA to enlighten us about Enduring Power of Attorney.   A visit to Northey Street City Farm had members heading home to work in the garden.

We were delighted to welcome new members to the annual morning tea at the United Services Club to listen to Sallyanne Atkinson share her experiences of being Lord Mayor of Brisbane.  

We thank the QTU President Kevin Bates for continuing in the role of Patron.  We thank him and QTU for keeping us up to date with Education in Queensland and nationally.  Our association is strongly supported by the QTU from Union Librarian, Joan Crump who supervises our website, John Wild, the accountant who has audited our finances, Andrew coordinated the delivery of the Digest through the journal distribution,   Brian who sets up our monthly meeting space and Merry uses her magic, staging our Xmas meeting.  

Thank you to the  RACQ Bank who  has taken over from the Queensland Teachers Mutual Bank and printed our annual state program which is distributed to members at the beginning of the year.  The Union Shopper acknowledges the QRTA by continuing to give members’ access to products through their organisation.

I offer a sincere thanks to the dedicated executive members who work to keep this association afloat.     
Finally I would like to thank all members for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the life of seniors and for your friendship and encouragement throughout the year. 
Thank You.

Noela Rogers
President QRTA 2017 / 18 

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