The Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association (QGCA) is the peak body representing guidance and counselling professionals in Queensland schools and other educational settings. With members from state, Catholic and independent schools the QGCA contributes to and excellence in education by promoting quality leadership in guidance and counselling, high ethical standards and by providing effective individual and professional support to members and representation to employing bodies.
Beginning in 1982 as the Queensland Guidance Officers’ Association, the association changed its name in 1988 to the Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association in order to better reflect the changing roles of its members and because of its affiliation with the Australian Guidance and Counselling Association. In a short space of time, the membership grew to over 100, reflecting a need for its establishment. Membership numbers have continued to grow since that time. An early role for the QGCA was to organise conferences to provide professional development support for its members. This began a long-standing commitment to supporting members through conferences, professional development workshops and, since 1984, its Newsletter, Connections.
QGCA provides a voice for its members and the guidance and counselling profession, through its membership of relevant committees, advocacy with employing authorities, and invited contributions to consultation papers.