Founded in 1951, the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) is a federation of Science Teachers Associations from all Australian states and territories, collectively representing several thousand members. ASTA is the national voice of science teachers representing their interests at the highest levels, promoting the profession and enriching science teaching.
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.
With its National Secretariat based in Canberra, ASTA leads national advocacy and delivers a range of significant projects and professional development opportunities for its members.
Noteworthy ASTA projects and professional development opportunities include:
- CONASTA, the annual conference of ASTA
- The STEM X Academy and STEM X Regional program
- National Science Week
- The BHP Foundation Science & Engineering Awards
- The Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
- Science ASSIST
ASTA members also receive a copy of the internationally renowned, peer reviewed journal, Teaching Science, with a readership of several thousand both in Australia and overseas.
Through its partnerships with organisations such as CSIRO, Questacon, CSL, Rowe Scientific and others, ASTA continues to lead the way forward in promoting science education and the profession of science teaching.
ASTA is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.