About the Public Service Commission

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is an independent central agency of government with key responsibilities for workforce policy, strategy, leadership and organisational performance across the Queensland public service.

We provide strategic advice and tactical support on:

Our role is to:

  • enhance the public service’s human resource management capability
  • foster a high performing, apolitical and impartial public service which responds to government priorities and delivers services to the Queensland community efficiently, effectively and with integrity.

We collaborate with government agencies to achieve our vision - a public service that is distinguished by its capability, impartiality, and professionalism in serving the Queensland Government and community.

Strategic plan

The public service values are central to PSC's strategic approach:


The Office of the PSC has a Commission Chief Executive, assisted by deputy commissioners.

The PSC is responsible to the Premier of Queensland, and guided by commissioners that provide the vision and strategic guidance to deliver innovative solutions to public service workforce and performance issues:

  • Acting chair Dave Stewart, Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Under Treasurer - Jim Murphy, Under Treasurer
  • Robert Setter, Public Service Commission Chief Executive.

Robert Setter, Commission Chief Executive

Robert Setter, Commission Chief Executive, Public Service Commission.

Robert Setter’s career over the past 35 years has been in both the private and public sectors with extensive experience and demonstrated success across all elements of corporate governance, and a strong focus on leadership development.

Robert recently worked in the private sector where he provided representational and advisory services to business and government clients in leadership development, organisational alignment and cultural reform, policy analysis and strategy development.

In his previous government roles, Robert has been Associate Director-General, Science, Agriculture, Food and Regional Services, Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation and the Director-General, Queensland Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. He has also held several senior executive roles in the VET and Queensland TAFE sectors including General Manager, Planning and Purchasing Group (responsible for all public VET funding), and Deputy Director, Southbank Institute of TAFE.

Robert is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and was a Founding Director of Aviation Australia Pty Ltd; the Corporation Sole for the Australian Agriculture College Corporation; and for several years a non-executive Director, Agri Food Skills Australia, a national Industry Skills Council. He is presently Director on the Board of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.