ASTA is:
  • A federation of the eight state and territory Science Teacher Associations (STAs).
  • The national professional association for teachers of science.
  • A body administered by a National Secretariat in Canberra and governed by a representative Federal Board

Founded in 1951, the Australian Science Teachers Association is a federation of Science Teachers Associations from all Australian states and territories. Its National Secretariat is based in Canberra.

The ASTA governing body is a Federal Board. It comprises a President and Treasurer, either the Immediate Past President or the President-Elect, the Chief Executive Officer (a non-voting member) plus one Board Member nominated from each of the eight member associations.

The Canberra-based ASTA Secretariat has a staff of five. The Chief Executive Officer, Senior Projects Officer, Communication & Events Manager, Office Manager, and Digital Projects Officer. ASTA also employs a Laboratory Technician Support Officer as part of its Science Assist Project. The Secretariat administers and manages all major initiatives and programs from an annual budget exceeding $700,000.

ASTA publishes one substantial journal, Teaching Science. This journal has an honorary editor, and an editorial board.

One flagship activity of professional development for the association is CONASTA, the annual conference of ASTA. The opportunity to convene CONASTA is rotated among the STAs. The CONASTA program typically provides a diversity of lectures, workshops and excursions, plus national and international keynote addresses of interest to the general and specific science educator.

Another flagship activity is the production of the ASTA National Science Week Resource eBook. ASTA develops, promotes and disseminates a range of interesting information, resources and incentives to make it possible for schools from the remotest parts of Australia, to the metropolitan hubs to be involved in National Science Week.

The STEM X Academy is an annual five-day residential professional learning program that runs each January in Canberra. ASTA works with partners CSIRO and Questacon to deliver this highly regarded and over-subscribed program, with support from industry and government sponsors. Two-day STEM X regional workshops have also been delivered in States and Territories around Australia.

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