The Public Service Commission is a small, dynamic central agency of the Queensland Government established under the Public Service Act 2008 on 1 July 2008.
We advise, connect, support and partner with the Queensland 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 Queensland 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.
We are also an accredited White Ribbon Workplace as part of our commitment to eliminating domestic and family violence in Queensland.
Public Service Commission Board
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has a Commission Chief Executive assisted by a Deputy Commissioner.
The PSC is guided by the Public Service Commission Board, which provides the vision and strategic guidance to deliver innovative solutions to public service workforce and performance issues.
The Board comprises:
Rachel Hunter (Acting Chair), Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Leon Allen, A/Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury
The PSC is ultimately responsible to the Premier of Queensland.
Commission Chief Executive
Robert Setter’s career spans 39 years in both the private and public sectors with a deep record of success in corporate governance, organisational reform and leadership development.
As Chief Executive of the PSC, Robert leads a small team with wide-ranging impact over a workforce of more than 280,000 employees statewide.
His previous government experience includes:
Associate Director-General; Science, Agriculture, Food and Regional Services; Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
Director-General; Queensland Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
various senior executive roles in the Queensland TAFE sector.
Robert is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He 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 of Agri Food Skills Australia – a national Industry Skills Council.
Robert is the immediate past President of the Institute for Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Queensland. He was also 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 of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).
The Public Service Commission is structured to deliver on its objectives through six business areas:
The Commission Chief Executive of the Public Service Commission (PSC) may delegate many of its functions and decision-making powers to appropriately qualified persons, including PSC staff.
Decisions on executive employment conditions, including executive capability development and management matters are made in consultation with chief executives and Queensland public sector agencies as appropriate.
The Public Service Commission adheres to the following polices and plans: