About the Public Service Commission

The Public Service Commission (PSC) was established under the Public Service Act 2008 on 1 July 2008 and is an independent central agency of government with key responsibilities to:

  • enhance the Queensland public sector's leadership and management capabilities
  • promote the management and employment principles set out in the Public Service Act 2008
  • enhance and promote an ethical culture and ethical decision-making across the Queensland public sector
  • develop and implement sector-wide workforce management strategies
  • conduct Commission reviews, including the handling by agencies of work performance matters
  • enable the development of mobile, highly skilled senior executives and leaders
  • monitor and report on the Queensland public sector's workforce profile
  • promote a culture of continuous improvement and organisational performance management across the Queensland public sector
  • provide a best practice advisory role on public sector management, organisational performance management and workforce practices.

Our role is to:

  • advise, connect, support and partner with the public sector to deliver the best outcomes for Queenslanders.

We do this by:

  • supporting public sector agencies to effectively manage their workforces
  • building a highly capable and responsive public sector workforce
  • supporting the public sector to prepare for and respond to strategic workforce challenges

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

Learn more about our services.

Strategic plan

Our Strategic Plan 2021-25 (PDF, 1.5 MB) describes how we will achieve our vision over the next four years, which is also supported by our Strategic Workforce Plan 2021-2024 (PDF, 975 KB).


The PSC has a Commission Chief Executive, assisted by a deputy commissioner.

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:

  • Rachel Hunter (Acting Chair), Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Leon Allen, A/Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury
  • Robert Setter, Commission Chief Executive, PSC

Robert Setter, Commission Chief Executive

Robert Setter

Robert Setter’s career over the past 39 years has been in both the private and public sectors. He has a deep record of success in corporate governance, organisational reform and leadership development.

Robert’s current position is Chief Executive, Queensland Public Service Commission. Previous government positions include 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 various senior executive roles in the Queensland TAFE sector.

Robert is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), 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, AgriFood Skills Australia, a national Industry Skills Council. Robert is the immediate past President of the Institute for Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Queensland. Robert has been named as a 2020 IPAA national fellow for his commitment and stewardship to re-establishing IPAA in Queensland and championing public purpose work across the public, not-for-profit and tertiary sectors.

He is presently Board Director, Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

Queensland Register of Nominees to Government Bodies

While the PSC does not appoint, administer or have oversight over individuals registered to serve on a government board, committee or statutory authority, those wishing to register their interest to become a member of these bodies are encouraged to find out more at the Queensland Register of Nominees to Government Bodies page.