DATTA Qld is the latest name for an organisation that has operated since 1963. Originally the Queensland Manual Arts Teachers Association, QMATA supported Queensland Man Arts teachers from 1963 to 1994 when the association changed names to become INTAD, Industrial Technology And Design Teachers' Association. The association changed names again in 2015 to become DATTA Qld. These changes have been reflective of the complex and evolving nature of our curriculum area.
Having a common name for all Design and Technology teachers' and their professional associations allows for greater public recognition of the work we do, as well as more productive relationships with industry, government and organisations.
DATTA Qld is affiliated with various other educational associations, our Design and Technology partner associations in other Australian states and territories, and our national body the Design And Technology Teachers' Association of Australia. DATTA Qld sends representatives to DATTA Australia meetings and events to keep up to date with changes in Design and Technology education, and also strives to promote cross curricular liaison by coordinating with the Joint Council of Queensland Teaching Associations.
DATTA Qld is dedicated to the development of Design and Technology education in Queensland schools, and includes financial members from across the state, in all sectors of education; primary, secondary and tertiary. The association is not for profit and managed by teacher volunteers, with elections to the state executive annually.