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.

2021 : Check back soon

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


Secretary Donella Lister at

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 The Rockhampton Mallet Sports Club, 41 Ann Street, 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 Berenice or Margaret for further details.


President Berenice Payne 0417 223 331 or email

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

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

Making payments to the QRTA


For all payments to the QRTA please use the following details and  always include your name and purpose of payment.

Association : QRTA

Bank : CBA

BSB  :  064116

Acc No : 10333757

President's Report for 2019-2020

It gives me great pleasure to present the annual report of the Queensland Retired Teachers’ Association for 2019/20

Welcome  QTU President Kevin Patron and Auditor John Wild

Members and guests

It is both happy and sad that we are holding our AGM today at Milton instead of Ascot State School as planned but due to Covid19 restrictions it was decided that for the safety of all members and the school community that we change the venue.

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.  During the lockdown period the Executive used Zoom to conduct our monthly meeting.  I thank Donella for organizing and teaching us the use of this technology.

We would also like to thank the QTU for  including our membership information in their mail out to all teachers as they retire so they have knowledge of the benefits of belonging to our association. Sadly  the Digest became a casualty of these times as the Union sent their Journal by email which did not allow the QRTA Digest  to be included. 

At present Queensland Retired Teachers’ Association has members meeting in Brisbane, Maryborough and Rockhampton.  New members are contacted and encouraged to join the groups in their area. 

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 which is organised by Donella Lister and Peter Fenoglio.    We thank them for the great job of reminding us of information relevant for seniors.

 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 then 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 arranging  interesting outings and keeping us informed of these activities, sharing  information relevant to seniors 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.
  • Other Executive members, Ursula Blaszczyk, Sandra Crawford and Norma Wiltshire contribute to the organizing of the association through their varied skills.
  • While Maryborough enjoys 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 the 2019/20  year.  

Our activities continue the philosophy of socialisation and lifelong learning.

We are indebted to the Brisbane City Council for granting special money through their Senior Celebration program to be able to help fund activities.

Members toured Government House and were greeted by the Governor.  A guided tour of the Queensland Art Gallery  allowed members to view the wonderful works of Margaret Olley and Ben Quilty and then enjoy lunch at the GOMA Bistro.  The year ended with the Christmas lunch held at the Union building at Milton.  Thank you to Union staff for their help in organising the parking, the room decorations and the access to facilities.

Sadly due to Corona Virus lockdowns all activities for the 2020 year have been cancelled.  It is hoped that many of these will be added to the 2021 calendar.

Thank you Donella for all your hard work keeping us abreast of interesting places within our city.

 We thank the QTU President Kevin Bates for continuing in the role of Patron over the past years and wish him all the best in whatever the years bring.  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 Belford for coordinating the delivery of the Digest and program through the journal distribution;   Brian who sets up our monthly meeting space and Merry who uses her magic staging our Xmas meeting.  

Thank you to Snap Printing Milton for printing the Digest and the 2020 Program of activities.  Thank you also to the Union Shopper who 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 2019/20

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.

Constitution, 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


Vice President/Minutes

Roger Abell


Past President

Maida Lilley



Donella Lister

Mobile 0409 630 319


Frank Atkinson


Membership Secretary

Bob Bell


Association Carer

Des James


QRTA Digest

Position vacant

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Sandra Crawford

Association Archivist

Position vacant



Ursula Blaszczyk

Norma Wiltshire


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