In 1979 Henry Collis of the National Association for Gifted Children (UK) addressed a meeting in north Brisbane where initiatives for the gifted and talented had been undertaken. This preceded the inaugural meeting of the Association for Gifted and Talented Children in Brisbane North Education Region on Thursday 20 September 1979 which coincided with the publication of state government reports (The Ahern Reports) demanding attention be given to the needs of gifted children. Founding members of the Association were responsible for successful lobbying resulting in inclusion of giftedness in these reports.
In 1980 the name was changed to the Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children and incorporated soon after.
The branch system was established in response to a need to support gifted children in all areas of the state. Wherever sufficient numbers of interested people indicate commitment a branch can be formed to operate at the local level.
Members of QAGTC Inc organise, attend and lead presentations at local, state, national and international levels. All members of QAGTC are affiliated with the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented Ltd. (AAEGT) which acts as a conduit for information on world events, eg World Council activities. The work of the Association is carried on at all levels whenever possible, according to availability of people, time and funds. QAGTC receives no regular grants and operates as a non-profit organisation. All committee work is voluntary.