MTAQ MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS
The list below is a summary of publications, professional development programs, agreements, certificates, memorandums of understanding, marine curriculum exchange, workshops and conferences that we have achieved over the years.
- Writing a 75 page Boating Schools Safety Management System for Tinnies – The first in Australia.
- 2005 – 2010 – Writing, researching and developing Queensland’s ONLY Queensland Studies Authority approved syllabus in Coast and Marine Education.
- Development of Australia’s only Marine Olympic and Marine Safety Day Manuals for high school students.
Professional development programs
- 2000 – 2010 – Developing a NAUI Snorkelling Instructors certificate designed and implemented for Australian teachers.
- 2000 – 2008 – Designing, developing and implementing an Undergraduate course at Griffith University to train marine teachers.
- 2010 – 2011 – Designing and implementing a boating induction program for inexperienced teachers.
Agreements and memoranda of understanding
- 1996, 1998 – 1999 and 2009 – Lobbying Marine Safety Queensland & reviewing information to exempt schools from boat registrationfees.
- Establishment of a Boatsafe audit scheme with MSQ and Yachting Queensland to limit the amount of student personal data leaving a school and validating the role of marine teacher in the Boatsafe program.
- Establishment of the right for Qld Marine Teachers to teach for a BTP and prepare students for their practical exam.
- Establishing exemption for Qld Marine Studies teachers from additional criminal and blue card checks by Yachting Queensland.
Certificates and licences
- 2004 – Lobbying Marine Safety Queensland to design a special schools coxswain for teachers.
- 2010 – Lobbying Marine Safety Queensland to grant exemption from coxswains qualifications for teachers who want to implement the QSA marine approved syllabi.
- Development of a comprehensive set of lesson plans, worksheets, QCAA approved assessments, excursion notes, risk assessment forms, work programs and teaching materials that members contribute to and share.
Professional development and workshops
- 1996-1998, 2003 and 2010 – Organising for teachers to visit the Australian Maritime College, so they could engage with current scientific procedures and to engage in science experiences beyond the classroom.
- Organising Vocational Education workshops and work placements ASTF for teachers and students in the marine science industry.
- 2004 – 2009 – Organising regional workshops for teachers to implement the MTAQ QSA approved Junior Marine Studies Syllabus.
- 2017 – Organising Snorkel Guide training – at the Townsville/ Orpheus Island Conference
- The Marine Teachers Association of Queensland has organised Annual conferences at various locations since 1994.
|1994||Stradbroke Island||Inaugural Conference-Association Formation|
|1995||Rockhampton||Meeting the Challenge|
|1996||Mackay||Ecotourism and Marine Life|
|1997||Cairns||International Year of the Reef|
|1998||Hervey Bay||International Year of the Ocean|
|2002||Malanda||Rainforest to Reef|
|2004||Noosa||Sun, Surf and Sea|
|2006||Lady Elliot||Explore the Reef|
|2007||Townsville||One Ocean – Our Ocean|
|2008||Stradbroke Island||Marine Parks|
|2009||Airlie Beach||Linking Estuaries, GBR and the Ocean|
|2010||Tasmania||Career Pathways for Students|
|2017||Townsville & Orpheus Island||Marine Science – Where is it Headed|
|2018||Tangalooma, Moreton Bay||Waves of Change|
|2019||Holloways EEC & Cairns SHS||Waves of the Future|
|2020||No conference due to COVID|
|2021||UQ, St Lucia Campus||Oceans of Opportunity|
|2022||Konomie Island EEC||Building Skills using the GBR Classroom|