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:

  • 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.

Our Strategic Plan 2020-24 describes how we will achieve our vision over the next four years.

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 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:

  • Chair (Acting) Dave Stewart, Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Rachel Hunter, Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury
  • 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 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.

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.