University of the Third Age Brisbane

Connecting Seniors to Lifelong Learning

University of the Third Age Brisbane

Connecting Seniors to Lifelong Learning

Information for Tutors

Thinking of being a Tutor at U3A?

We welcome new Tutors with open arms! Tutors are vital to U3A Brisbane. We would not exist without them. If you have been thinking of becoming a tutor or starting a discussion group, please come along to our next information session, or enquire to the appropriate Coordinator listed below. There is an information session for prospective tutors usually at the beginning of each year at one of our City Campus venues. For information on tutoring at the City Campus (Creek St or Adelaide St), please contact our Tutor Liaison Officer, Gail Hawkins, by email at:
or, for computer classes contact Peter Jones at:

If you are interested in tutoring in one of the U3A Brisbane Districts, please contact the appropriate District Coordinator as follows:

 District  Coordinator  Email
 Logan  Bernadette Ketter  logan@u3abrisbane.org.au 
 City Precinct    Rod McLary    city@u3abrisbane.org.au 
 Northside  Rod McLary  northside@u3abrisbane.org.au 
 Southside  Pat Collins    southside@u3abrisbane.org.au 
 Westside  Gabrielle Power West     westside@u3abrisbane.org.au 
 Wynnum  Chris Hobbs   wynnum@u3abrisbane.org.au 

District Coordinators

Logan: Bernadette Ketter
City Precinct: Rod McLary
Northside: Rod McLary
Southside: Pat Collins
Westside: Gabrielle Power West
Wynnum: Chris Hobbs

Information on classes currently offered in each area is available on our Class Details page.

Please complete the Tutor application form if you wish to teach classes at U3A Brisbane.


COVID Safe Plans

U3A Brisbane is required to have COVID-19 Safety plans in place if we are to offer any face-to-face classes. The Management Committee has decided that we won't be offering any face-to-face classes in the two City Campus venues in Term 4 2020, but selected district classes may operate if the conditions of the COVID Safe Plans can be met. These plans are now available, and tutors should contact the relevant District Coordinator (as shown above) if you wish to conduct a face-to-face class.
COVID Safe Plan - City Campus Classes
COVID Safe Plan - Indoor District Classes
COVID Safe Plan - Outdoor District Classes

For tutors, the process to commence a District face-to-face class is as follows:
1. Contact your District Coordinator and indicate that you wish to run your class face-to-face.
2. The District Coordinator will forward you a copy of the COVID Safe plan if you haven’t already downloaded it from the website. Make sure you read and understand it thoroughly.
3. If it is an indoor class, check if the venue is open and obtain a copy of their COVID Safe plan. This will give you an indication of the number of students you may have in your class. You must restrict your enrolments to this number or less.
4. Email your District Coordinator to confirm that you have read and understood both the U3A COVID Safe plan and the venue’s COVID Safe plan and that you will run your class in accordance with these plans.

The District Coordinator will forward your confirmation email to the Management Committee and it will be kept on file. Coordinators will also forward to the MC a copy of the COVID Safe plan containing your class details.

Vital - Attendance Registers
You must enter your class attendance as soon as possible after the conclusion of each week's class. Preferably, students can do this themselves in class using our contactless QR Code system. This is in addition to any register your venue requires. U3A must have this information in order to assist health authorities to trace people quickly in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Tutor Guidelines

The following documents provide detailed information about tutoring at U3A Brisbane:
Tutor Guidelines - City Campus
Tutor Guidelines - Districts

Guidelines for acceptable types of class

  • No class, or class-associated activities, should be used to advertise goods or services in which a tutor or class member has any financial interest.
  • Where religion is involved in the subject-matter of a course, the only acceptable treatment is through comparative religion. There should be no classes that advocate a particular religion or ideology and there should be no proselytising.
  • The only classes dealing with health or nutrition that can be accepted are those run by people with recognised formal qualifications in those fields.
  • Classes on alternative or controversial subjects should be examined by the Management Committee or its appointed representatives before being allowed.
  • Any tutor who, in the judgment of the Management Committee, causes concern with class content will be required to submit a plan setting out the subject to be taught and how contentious issues will be addressed in class. This should go to the Management Committee for consideration and approval.

Code of Conduct


All tutors should be aware of U3A Brisbane's Code of Conduct, and should refer members to the Code where appropriate.
Code of Conduct

Tutor facilities on website


Our website includes extensive secure facilities for tutors to manage their class lists and published class information. Register using the Website Registration option in the lower navigation menu above to obtain a login password. Detailed instructions are available under the Tutor Menu once you have logged in. For further information email: help@u3abrisbane.org.au

Managing Enrolments


Tutors should read the Managing Enrolments page for information about restricting enrolments by either setting Class Full, or by setting a Class Size limit.

Zoom Classes


We encourage Tutors to run online Zoom classes as an alternative to face-to-face classes. U3A Brisbane can provide professional Zoom Education licenses to tutors who require them. The licence allows Zoom session hosting with up to 100 attendees with no time limit. See our Running Classes Online page for more information.

Discussion Forum


U3A Brisbane has a Discussion Forum, mainly intended for members to discuss class content with each other. In order to access the forum, students need to firstly:
Register a username and password via Website Registration. They need to respond to the security email otherwise the password won't be registered. Passwords can be re-set via the same process.

To access the Forum, once username and password have been registered:
  1. Login via the login window at top right of home page.
  2. Go to the Tutors or Members menu and select Discussion Forum.

Tutors may request a new Forum Category for their class. See Discussion Forum explanatory page for more information.

Insurance Cover and Workplace Health and Safety Policy


Details of U3A Brisbane's insurance cover and Workplace Health and Safety Policy are explained below. Tutors should familiarise themselves with this information.
Insurance Cover and Workplace Health and Safety

Emergency Procedures


Emergency Evacuation Procedures - 232 Adelaide St.

City Campus Room Capacities


The following room capacity figures show the maximum number of students (in addition to the Tutor) permitted in each room under our COVID Safe Plan. See Floor Plans below for an indication of room sizes. These are updated limits applying from Term 1 2022.

Creek St
Room 38
Room 414
Computer Lab10
Room 5/612
Adelaide St
Room 1119
Room 129
Room 1314
Room 1414
Room 1513
Room 1631
Room 177
Room 1840


Audiovisual (AV) aids


U3A Brisbane provides modern electronic teaching aids at its major venues. Whiteboards are also available in all rooms.

97 Creek St
Room 3 - Windows tower PC running Windows 10 with 65" digital screen.
Room 4 - Large 60" TV screen with HDMI and VGA inputs, Windows PC, DVD player.
Room 5/6 - Windows laptop with 75" digital screen.
Computer Lab - Windows PC with 85" digital screen, 10 student PCs running Windows 10,

An Apple TV is available for wireless presentations from Apple devices (e.g. iPads).

232 Adelaide St
7 rooms (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18) are equipped with the following:
- Windows 10 laptop with MS Office 2016, inbuilt DVD player.
- large flat panel screen (65" or 75") with HDMI and VGA inputs. Standard input is HDMI.
Apple TVs (for wireless presentations with Apple devices) and DVD players are available from the office if required.
A Document Camera is available to project documents, books etc. on the large screen. See Using the Document Camera for instructions.

Adelaide St Floor Plan

Adelaide St Audiovisual Instructions

Adelaide St Room 16 Soundbar Instructions

Creek St Floor Plan

Logan North Library
Large screen TV with HDMI and VGA inputs

For details of AV aids available at other district venues please contact the relevant District Coordinator. For help with audiovisual equipment please email: help@u3abrisbane.org.au



If any of your students need advice on Accessibility, please refer them to our Accessibility page, which is linked from the Location page on the top website menu.



For environmental reasons, Tutors are encouraged to distribute class material by email in PDF format wherever possible. If you must have paper copies, classes held in the City Campus venues have a copying allowance of $50 per class per term. Copies in excess of that allowance are charged at 10c per page black and white, or 20c per page colour. Tutors are expected to do their own copying on the Canon copier at either Creek St or Adelaide St. Please contact the office manager to obtain a PIN for the copiers:   office@u3abrisbane.org.au

Use of copyrighted material


U3A Brisbane holds licenses from Copyright Agency Ltd and OneMusic (formerly APRA AMCOS) allowing the reproduction of copyrighted material in class for educational purposes. For detailed information see our Copyright page.


Term dates 2021:

 Term   From   To   Weeks 
 1  27-Jan   1-Apr  10
 2  19-Apr   25-Jun  10
 3  12-Jul   24-Sep  10
 4  5-Oct   10-Dec  10


2022 Term dates:

 Term   From   To   Weeks 
 1  24-Jan   1-Apr  10
 2  19-Apr   24-Jun  10
 3  11-Jul   16-Sep  10
 4  4-Oct   9-Dec  10



Login for Tutors and Staff, or Members accessing Forum. You must first set a username and password with Website Registration.