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.

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.

Strategic plan

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

The Strategic Plan was reviewed in 2019, and remains current.


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:

Robert Setter, Commission Chief Executive

Robert Setter, Commission Chief Executive, Public Service Commission.

Robert Setter’s career over the past 37 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. He is presently Board Director, Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and President, Institute for Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Queensland.