Queensland had a professional association for home economists, the Home Economics Association of Queensland (HEAQ), for many years prior to the formation of the previous national organisation, the Home Economics Association of Australia (HEAA). Membership of HEAA was separate from and additional to membership of HEAQ.
Like many of the other states and territories, many Queensland home economics professionals were staunch supporters of HEAQ but did not belong to HEAA.
In the 1980s, the Queensland Association of Home Economics Teachers (QAHET) was formed to specifically meet the needs of home economics teachers.
In the early 1990s, all state and territory home economics associations (not the teacher organisations) voted unanimously to establish the Home Economics Institute of Australia. The formation of this body meant that members join the national Institute and automatically become members of the Division in the state or territory where they reside.
In 1996 QAHET ceased operating in a move towards one united professional association for home economists in Queensland—the Home Economics Institute of Australia (Qld) Inc.
The Queensland Division has grown from 87 members at the end of 1994 (the foundation year) to over 640 members at the end of 2010, with approximately 450 school members from 110 schools (each school including up to 6 members of staff in the membership).
• Home Economics Institute of Australia Inc. (2005). A 10-year his/her story, 1993–2003
• Home Economics Institute of Australia (Qld) Inc. (1999). The History of the Queensland Association of Home Economics Teachers.