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Directors-General merit based recruitment process

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is leading a process for the merit-based appointment of all Directors-General roles. Information relating to this process will be presented on the timeline below as it becomes available.

  • 26 February 2016

    Director-General Appointments

    Through a meritorious selection process, Mr Jamie Merrick and Mr Jim Reeves have been appointed to Director-General roles.

    Mr Jamie Merrick has been appointed Director-General, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI).

    Mr Merrick is a senior executive with extensive Queensland and international experience in the fields of economic development, innovation policy, and higher and further education. He has held Deputy-Director General roles in three Queensland Government departments and has been acting Director-General of DSITI since August last year.

    Mr Merrick previously held senior roles in the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the East of England Development Agency and global exports in private sector ICT.   He holds a Master of Science.

    Mr Jim Reeves has been appointed to the position of Director-General, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP).

    Mr Reeves has extensive experience in public administration and leadership in the fields of environmental management, urban systems, regional planning and community development. He is a former Director-General of the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) and has been Acting Director General of DEHP since November 2015.

    Prior to taking up his current role in the Department, Mr Reeves has held key environment-related leadership roles at Queensland University of Technology, and was Chief Executive of Brisbane Water, one of the largest water businesses in Australia.  Mr Reeves has a Bachelor of Behavioural Science and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Social Psychology.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 21 December 2015

    Update on Directors-General Recruitment

    The selection panel has completed interviews for the final of the 18 Directors-General roles, the Director-General, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation. This appointment will be finalised early in the new year.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 23 October 2015

    Director-General Appointment

    The Director-General, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) has now been appointed.

    The Premier has accepted the selection panel’s recommendation to appoint Mr Frankie Carroll. This has been approved by the Governor in Council.

    Mr Carroll is a highly regarded senior executive with experience in the private and public sectors. As Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA), he was responsible for delivering a reconstruction program worth more than $13 billion — the largest program of its type in the nation’s history. He also held the positions of Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer at the QRA.

    Mr Carroll is a former Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Water Infrastructure and has held senior executive roles in multiple industry disciplines spanning construction, finance and service organisations.

    Mr Carroll is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Member of the Association of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland.

    He will commence the role on 9 November 2015.

    The process to recruit the Director-General, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) is continuing.

    The selection panel, independent of government, comprised Ms Lynelle Briggs AO, Chairperson of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission; Mr Jim Hallion AM, South Australia’s Coordinator General; and myself as chair.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 4 September 2015

    Director-General Recruitment Process – final phase

    My last update (3 August 2015) advised that an expanded search was being conducted by Chandler MacLeod to identify candidates for the roles of:

    • Director-General Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning DILGP)
    • Director-General Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI).

    This search included an international attraction campaign and the use of highly regarded targeted global media forums to promote awareness of these two roles.  The international publications The Economist and New Scientist were used to advertise the roles together with a specifically developed LinkedIn campaign.

    This process resulted in 105 applicants for the DILGP role and 125 for the DSITI role — around 18 per cent of candidates are women.  The advertisement in The Economist attracted around 12 per cent of the applicants for each role. As well as Australia, candidates have also come from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States of America, India, South Africa and Qatar.

    Applications closed on Friday 28 August 2015 and the selection panel, which I chair, and includes panel members Ms Lynelle Briggs AO, Chairperson of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission, and, Mr Jim Hallion AM, South Australia Coordinator General, have completed the shortlisting process in preparation for interviews to be held later this month.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 3 August 2015

    Update on Directors-General Recruitment

    We are entering the final phase of recruiting for Directors-General.

    An advertisement appeared in the weekend press to recruit Directors-General for the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation; and the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.

    In addition to an international search by Chandler Macleod, the positions are being promoted on SmartJobs, and in The Courier-Mail, the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, The Economist, Harvard Business Review and New Scientist.

    Applications close 28 August 2015.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 24 July 2015

    Update on Directors-General Recruitment

    I have actioned the government’s decisions in relation to a “farther and wider” search for the positions of:

    • Director-General, Science, Information Technology and Innovation, with the proven capacity to position Queensland as a place where entrepreneurs, industry, universities and government work collaboratively to turn great ideas into investible products and growing businesses that create the jobs of the future
    • and

    • Director-General, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, with the proven capacity to shape the future of Queensland through the effective integration of infrastructure, planning and local government.

    Applicants who have already been interviewed for these will be invited to continue in the selection process.

    Chandler McLeod has been briefed on the expanded search.

    Interviews are planned for mid-August.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 17 July 2015

    Director-General Appointments

    I have chaired a panel undertaking a recruitment process that has been independent of government. Working with panel members Ms Lynelle Briggs AO, Chairperson of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission, and Mr Jim Hallion AM, South Australia’s Coordinator General, we have now completed an open merit-based selection process.

    I am pleased to advise that the Premier has endorsed the panel’s recommendations of a further six appointments.

    Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

    Ms Clare O’Connor has been appointed to the role of Director-General, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

    Ms O’Connor has been a Senior Executive of the Queensland Government for the past 13 years of her 29 year career. She has led the Policy and Performance Divisions of five Queensland Government Agencies during periods of major reform.

    Ms O’Connor led the policy work on Queensland’s implementation of ‘Closing the Gap’ under national partnership agreements and whole-of-government policy in the areas of land, economics, justice and culture. In 2010 she worked with the Indigenous Advisory Council to draft the wording for the Statement to amend the Preamble to the Queensland Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians.

    For the past three years she has led Disability Services policy, programs and clinical divisions through transformational change and overseen an annual investment of $1.5 billion. Ms O’Connor is leading the policy work on the agreements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland.

    Ms O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts Public Sector Leadership (Policy).

    Department of State Development

    Mr Michael Schaumburg has been appointed to the role of Director-General, Department of State Development.

    Mr Schaumburg has been involved, at a senior executive level, in the planning and development of major resource and infrastructure projects that include the Fisherman’s Landing LNG Project and the proposed Yarwun Coal Export Terminal at Gladstone. Since September last year, he has worked as Project Director for the Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project near Bowen.  Mr Schaumburg is a former Deputy Coordinator General in the Department of State Development and Engineering Manager of the Ports Corporation Queensland.

    Mr Schaumburg has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), an Associate Diploma in Civil Engineering and a Graduate Diploma Business Administration. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland and a Chartered Professional Engineer, Institute of Engineers Australia.

    Department of Natural Resources and Mines

    Mr James Purtill has been appointed to the role of Director-General, Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

    Mr Purtill is currently Director-General of the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, a role he has held since 2013. James’ private sector experience includes senior executive positions with multi-national, Santos, and he has been responsible for strategic project management services in the resources and development sectors. Mr Purtill has consulted to industry and government on organisational design and was managing director of environmental rehabilitation services company, Landroc Pty Ltd. Mr Purtill is a former Director-General of the Environmental Protection Agency (including the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service) and Queensland Public Service Commissioner for two years from 2006.

    Mr Purtill holds a Science Degree with Honours from the University of New South Wales, an MBA from the University of Queensland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

    Dr Elizabeth (Beth) Woods has been appointed to the role of Director-General, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

    Dr Woods is a former Deputy Director-General in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Chief Scientific Officer in the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. Dr Woods has focused on science, innovation and bio-security issues at state, national and international levels.  In 2008, she was recognised as an international expert in tropical and subtropical agriculture and agribusiness when she was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Institute. In January 2015, Dr Woods was appointed Chair of the WorldFish Board of Trustees, an internationally respected organisation that makes a positive impact on the poorest communities in the world by funding research into aquaculture technologies and nutrition.

    Dr Woods was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1991 for services to Primary Industries and was the first female Rhodes Scholar from Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with 1st Class Honours from the University of Queensland and a Doctorate from Oxford University.

    Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

    Ms Tamara O’Shea has been appointed to the role of Director-General, Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.

    Ms O’Shea is a former Deputy Director-General of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and a senior executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the public sector at state and federal level, including the departments of Environment and Resource Management; Local Government, Sport and Recreation; Social Security, and Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. Ms O’Shea has also held senior positions in Queensland’s Environmental Protection Agency.

    Ms O’Shea has played a significant role in improving conservation and sustainability in Queensland. As Deputy Director-General in the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, her leadership and engagement with local councils, business and the recycling industry led to legislated reform of Queensland’s approach to waste and resource management. In 2012, Ms O’Shea was recognised with an Australia Day Achievement Medal.

    Ms O’Shea has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in political science and environmental geography.

    Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

    Mr Jon Black has been appointed to the role of Director-General, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

    Mr Black has led the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection since September 2013. Prior to joining Environment and Heritage, Jon established the Department of Energy and Water Supply in June 2012 and has held leadership roles in complex and diverse organisations, including large scale utility companies ‘Unitywater’ and SEQ Distribution Entity. Mr Black has a distinguished military career, serving as Commanding Officer of Royal Military College, Duntroon; and Chief of Staff to the Chief of Army. In 2002, he led the Australian contingent of a multi-national force in the Middle East.

    Mr Black has a Masters of Military Studies – Strategic and Operations Planning and International Policy; a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jon is currently Adjunct Professor, Advanced Centre for Water Management at the University of Queensland.

    Project Chief Executive, Integrated Resort Developments

    Mr David Edwards has accepted a new Chief Executive role leading the government’s Integrated Resort Development projects. Mr Edward’s appointment as Project Chief Executive, Integrated Resort Development, recognises the priority this government gives to delivering on these significant projects.

    Mr Edwards has been instrumental in the Integrated Resort Development processes to date and he will now assume operational responsibility for delivery of every aspect of Integrated Resort Development projects.

    Mr Edwards has held the role of Director-General, Department of State Development since 2012. In that role, he led the State’s central economic development agency. David's professional background is in economics, infrastructure, project management and public policy.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 3 July 2015

    Director-General Appointments

    In my role as chair of a panel undertaking a recruitment process independent of government, I have provided updates over the past two months about the appointment of eight Directors-General across government.

    Panel members are Ms Lynelle Briggs AO, Chairperson of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission, and Mr Jim Hallion AM, South Australia’s Coordinator General.

    Following an open merit-based selection process, I am pleased to advise that the Premier has endorsed the panel’s recommendations on two further appointments.

    Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games

    Ms Megan Houghton has been appointed to lead the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games.

    Ms Houghton joins us from ‘CitySmart’. She was the Chief Executive who took it from a local start-up to a nationally competitive business that will generate $600 million in economic benefits to our state. She has also held executive roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Energex and United Energy. Ms Houghton currently has Board Director positions with Unity Water where she is Chair, Marketing and Retail Committee, Chair, Sustainability Committee; and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. She also holds the position of non-executive Director of Urbis. In 2010, Ms Houghton was named ‘Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year’ and in 2011, she was recognised in the Australian Financial Review’s ‘100 Women of Influence’. Ms Houghton has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts (Economics), and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Ms Houghton will commence in the role on 7th September 2015.

    Department of Energy and Water Supply

    Professor Paul Simshauser has been appointed to lead the Department of Energy and Water Supply. His previous role was Chief Economist and Group Head of Corporate Affairs at AGL.

    Professor Simshauser has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry. He has expertise in energy trading, operations, and capital raisings for energy assets, as well as extensive experience formulating policy in conjunction with state and federal governments.  He commenced his career with the Queensland Electricity Commission and has held senior executive positions at Stanwell Corporation Limited, NewGen Power, and Babcock and Brown. Professor Simshauser has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Commerce (Accounting and Finance). He also has a Bachelor of Economics and a PhD in Economics. He is a Professor of Economics at Griffith University, a Professional Member of the Economics Society of Australia, a Certified Practicing Accountant and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Professor Simshauser will commence in the position by 27th July 2015.

    The selection process for the remaining eight positions continues and is expected to be completed shortly.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 22 June 2015

    Update on Directors-General Recruitment

    The Selection Panel for the Directors-General recruitment process, consisting of Ms Lynelle Briggs, Mr Jim Hallion and myself as Chair, met again on 18 and 19 June 2015 to conduct the final interviews for the remaining ten Director-General positions.  

    A total of 54 applicants have been interviewed for the 18 Director-General positions. The Panel assessed policy expertise, leadership style and experience, to inform its recommendations to the Premier for all portfolio appointments.

    The Panel is in the process of finalising selection reports. Subject to consideration by the Premier and approval by Governor-in-Council, the final announcements are planned for early July as forecast.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 5 June 2015

    Director-General Appointments

    Last month I announced the outcome of the most senior Director-General positions, the appointment of Dave Stewart in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Jim Murphy in Queensland Treasury.

    Following the recommendations of the selection panel and subsequent endorsement by the Premier, I am pleased to advise you of appointments to the currently vacant positions, the first of the larger service agencies, and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

    Queensland Health: Mr Michael Walsh

    Mr Walsh is a well-respected and highly regarded senior executive. He is currently the Chief Executive of eHealth NSW and previously held a number of executive level roles in both the private and public sectors. These include roles in Queensland Health as Deputy Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Major Hospitals Project Office. Mr Walsh has led a number of large scale projects that have delivered quality health services for Queenslanders, including leading the project team to build three tertiary hospitals in South-East Queensland, an $8 billion infrastructure project. Mr Walsh will commence in the role from 6 July 2015.

    Department of Education and Training: Dr Jim Watterston

    Dr Watterston has more than 30 years' experience across all levels of education, from his first job as a teacher in a remote Indigenous classroom to Deputy Secretary of Victoria’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and Director-General in the Department of Education and Training in the Australian Capital Territory. Dr Watterson is an accomplished academic, with a Doctorate and Masters degree in education. He is an active advocate of the education sector with board memberships including Education Services Australia, the University of Queensland Senate and serving the Australian Council for Educational Leaders as National President. Dr Watterston continues in the Director-General role, which he has held since April 2013.

    Department of Justice and Attorney-General: Mr David Mackie

    Mr Mackie has been appointed to the role of Director-General, Department of Justice and Attorney-General a role he has been acting in since earlier this year. Mr Mackie brings to the role more than 25 years' experience in the Queensland Public Sector, in executive and senior management positions responsible for both the delivery of front line services and corporate support services. His significant experience includes senior positions within the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland, the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. Mr Mackie was previously Deputy Director-General, Department of Justice and Attorney-General in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Economics and Public Policy.

    Queensland Fire and Emergency Services: Ms Katarina Carroll

    Ms Carroll brings more than 30 years’ experience in the Queensland Public Service to the role. She oversees responsibility for all firefighting, rescue, HAZMAT and disaster management operations across the state as well as the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service, Fire and Rescue Service and the Office of Emergency Management. Ms Carroll has been Acting Commissioner since early this year. Prior to this, she was Assistant Commissioner in the Queensland Police Service. In 2012 she held the role of Program Executive, G20 Group, with responsibility for 6,700 police and providing security for 26 world leaders in the largest peace time security operation in Australia’s history. Her formal qualifications include an Executive Masters in Public Administration, Degree in Criminology and Graduate Diploma in Applied Management. Her tenure will commence from 1 August 2015.

    Department of Transport and Main Roads: Mr Neil Scales

    Mr Scales has almost 40 years’ experience in the transport industry. He has been Director-General of TMR since 2012, delivering crucial transport infrastructure including roads, bridges, railways, marine infrastructure and public transport solutions. His previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of TransLink, as well as Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel, the transport authority for the north of England. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineering), a Master of Science (Control Engineering and Computer Systems), a Diploma in Management Studies and a Masters of Business Administration. He is a Fellow of three major UK engineering institutions.

    Department of Housing and Public Works: Ms Liza Carroll

    Ms Carroll is a well-respected senior executive, who has previously held the role of Associate Secretary – Head of Indigenous Affairs in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In this role, she led the establishment of the integrated Indigenous Affairs group in Prime Minister and Cabinet, the development of the Remote School Attendance strategy and co-chaired the Empowered Communities steering group with Mr Noel Pearson. Prior to this, she was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Ms Carroll has a Masters of Education (Hons), majoring in sociology and a Bachelor of Education. She was awarded the Public Service Medal for her work leading ‘Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for Reform in the Australian Public Service’. Ms Carroll replaces Mr Neil Castles who has been in the role since 2012. Ms Carroll will commence in the role from 3 August 2015.

    Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: Mr Michael Hogan

    Mr Hogan continues in the role of Director-General, having held the position since April 2014. He has extensive experience in leading strategic policy and programs in the areas of community engagement, community development and community services. Mr Hogan has served on many Boards including the New South Wales Council of Social Service and the Consumers’ Health fund Forum of Australia. He has also led and supported a range of initiatives including Queensland’s response to the National Disability Scheme, the development of the Domestic and Family Violence Act, and developing programs and services for child protection and safety.

    The selection process for the remaining Directors-General positions is continuing, with the final interviews scheduled on 19 June 2015.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 25 May 2015

    Update on Directors-General Recruitment

    Interviews for a number of portfolios continue this week. Following these interviews the Selection Panel will recommend several appointments to the Premier. Subject to negotiation with the recommended candidate and approval by Governor-in-Council, the next set of announcements are planned for next week.

    Update on Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

    Applications for the Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) closed on Monday 18 May 2015.

    There was considerable interest in the position with 47 applications, 4 of which (8.5 per cent) were from female applicants. It is worth noting that female firefighters represent approximately 3 per cent of operational staff and less than 1 per cent of senior and executive staff at QFES.

    The applicants were high calibre, with a large number well credentialed in leadership of fire and emergency response organisations.

    There was also considerable interstate and international interest with around 50 per cent of applications received from candidates outside Queensland, including from Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Germany and from Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and the ACT.

    Interviews for this role will take place on Friday 29 May 2015.

    Following the interviews the Selection Panel will recommend an appointment to the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services. This appointment will be subject to approval by Governor-in-Council. It is planned to make an announcement in early June so that the Commissioner elect can play a lead role in the selection of the recently advertised three (3) Deputy Commissioner positions. The successful applicant will be appointed from 1 August 2015.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 18 May 2015

    Update on shortlisting for Directors-General

    The Selection Panel met again last week to finalise the shortlisting process for the remaining 16 Director-General roles.

    All candidates have now been contacted, within one month of applications closing, to advise whether their application has been shortlisted and will proceed further through the process.

    The next interviews for a number of portfolios will take place during the week of 25-29 May 2015. The final round of interviews will take place in mid June 2015.

    Selection panel for Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

    The selection panel for the recruitment of the Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will conduct interviews and recommend an appointment to the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services. This appointment will be subject to approval by Governor-in-Council.

    The selection panel will be chaired by Robert Setter, the interim Commission Chief Executive of the Queensland Public Service Commission. The panel members independent of the Queensland Government are Brigadier Dianne Gallasch AM, CSC, Commandant of the Royal Military College Australia and Commissioner Greg Mullins AFSM MMgt, EFO, FIFireE, GAICD, FAIM, Fire & Rescue NSW.

    Brigadier Dianne Gallasch AM, CSC was appointed as Commandant of the Royal Military College Australia in June 2013. She has over thirty years experience in the Australian Army encompassing operational, command, staff, training, personnel, Reserve, representational, joint and interagency postings. She has commanded at all rank levels and has extensive joint and multi-national experience in personnel, training and logistics. Operational postings include the Deputy Commander of the Force Logistics Support Group, East Timor in 2000, the logistics plans officer with Multi-National Force Iraq in 2008 and the foundational Australian Director General Transition and Redeployment in the Middle East in 2012.

    As the Commandant of the Royal Military College of Australia, Brigadier Gallasch is responsible for all of Army’s point of entry basic training and common Army individual training for Officers and Soldiers. Her organisation consists of the Royal Military College – Duntroon, the Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka and the Land Warfare Centre.  All elements are charged with promoting leadership and integrity, inculcating a sense of duty, loyalty and service to the nation and the pursuit of excellence in both staff and trainees.

    She holds the distinction of being the first female Commandant of the College where she commands a geographically dispersed organisation responsible for the training of over 9,000 personnel per annum.

    Brigadier Gallasch is a member of the Army Gender and Diversity Council which provides advice to the Chief of Army on matters necessary to achieve Army cultural reform.  This strategic advice informs the Chief of Army’s decision making and is intended to have a deep and positive impact on Army’s people, reputation and capability.

    Brigadier Gallasch was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for her exceptional service in East Timor and at the Army Logistic Training Centre, and received a Conspicuous Service Cross for her service providing support to both overseas and domestic operations.

    Commissioner Greg Mullins AFSM MMgt, EFO, FIFireE, GAICD, FAIM, Fire & Rescue NSW became a volunteer bushfire fighter in 1972 and joined the NSW Fire Brigades in 1978. As a Churchill Fellow, in 1995 he undertook a three-month study of fire services in Europe, UK, Canada and the USA. After serving in a variety of operational and specialist positions at all ranks, he was appointed as an Assistant Commissioner in July 1996. In 1998 he completed a 12-month executive development secondment as a Project Manager with a major international industrial company. He was appointed Director State Operations in November 2000 and Commissioner in July 2003, the first fire officer ever to be appointed as both Chief Fire Officer and CEO.

    Mr Mullins holds a Masters Degree in Management and Fire Engineering Diplomas. He is a Graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the United States National Fire Academy and the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program. He is a Fellow and National Patron of the Institution of Fire Engineers, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal, National Medal and two Clasps, NSWFB Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and two Clasps, Commissioner’s Commendation for Courageous Action, Chief Officer’s Commendation and St John Ambulance Emergency Services Award.

    He is President of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, Deputy Chair of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee and is the Australian Director of the International Fire Chiefs Association of Asia.

    Mr Robert Setter has over 35 years experience in both the private and public sectors. Until recently Mr Setter offered representational and advisory services to business and government in leadership, organisational alignment and reform, policy analysis and strategy development.

    His previous Chief Executive responsibilities 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 is currently Director, AgriFood Skills Australia Ltd, and has previously been Corporation Sole, Australian Agricultural College Corporation, and Director, Aviation Australia Pty Ltd. He has also held several senior roles in vocational education and training, and the Queensland TAFE and education sectors.

    Together this panel brings a combination of senior executive leadership and significant operational and emergency management experience reflective of the role to be filled.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 12 May 2015

    Update on shortlisting for Directors-General

    The Selection Panel met again last week to continue its shortlisting process for the remaining 16 Director-General roles. The shortlisting process is complex and will take some time given the high level of interest.

    It is planned that all shortlisted candidates will be contacted in the week commencing Monday 18 May 2015 to finalise preliminary interviews with our recruitment partner Chandler Macleod.

    Those candidates who have not been selected for consideration for the first stage of shortlisting have been advised that their application is not proceeding.

    Update on Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

    Applications for the role of Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will close at 5.00pm AEST on Monday 18 May 2015. Applications should be submitted via the Chandler Macleod dedicated website.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 8 May 2015

    Appointment of Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and the Under Treasurer

    Following the recommendation of the recruitment panel, which I chair, the Premier has endorsed the appointment of the first two most senior public servant positions.

    Panel members independent of government are Ms Lynelle Briggs AO, Chairperson of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission, and Mr Jim Hallion, South Australia’s Coordinator General.

    Mr Dave Stewart has been appointed as the Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, a role he has been acting in since March this year.

    His 30 plus-year career has involved leading large government agencies, undertaking policy development, service delivery and planning and delivering large, complex and challenging infrastructure programs and portfolios.

    Dave’s experience across various portfolios, levels of government, political administrations and interstate jurisdictions make him a valuable asset to the Queensland public sector.

    He is highly respected both within the public and private sector having spearheaded a range of significant projects over the years.

    The role of Under Treasurer in Queensland Treasury will be held by Mr Jim Murphy, an outstanding senior policy executive and respected government leader.

    Mr Murphy is currently a senior executive with the ANZ Bank.

    Prior to his role with the ANZ Bank, Mr Murphy was Deputy Secretary in the Federal Treasury for more than a decade and also held a number of senior executive positions in the Commonwealth Departments of Treasury, Attorney-General and Finance.

    His distinguished career also includes a role as an advisor with the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, and for a short period he worked as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister.

    Mr Murphy was also awarded a Public Service Medal for his strategic economic advice that formed the government’s response to the global financial crisis.

    The selection process for the other 16 Directors-General is still under way and is expected to be concluded in coming weeks.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 4 May 2015

    Directors-General recruitment update

    The Selection Panel met several times over the last two weeks to consider all applications and to shortlist.

    The first interviews took place last Thursday, and will continue for a number of weeks. The interview schedule has been primarily planned around the availability of the Panel members.

    Interviews for the Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Under-Treasurer have been completed. Panel recommendations and Selection Reports will now proceed to the Premier.

    Interviews for other Director-General roles have also commenced. The next round of interviews will take place in late May 2015, with a further round of interviews scheduled for mid-June 2015.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 28 April 2015

    Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services role advertised

    The role of Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will again be advertised in the Australian Financial Review on Friday 1 May 2015 and the Brisbane Courier Mail and the Australian newspapers on Saturday 2 May 2015.

    To ensure that the advertisement reaches a wide and diverse audience, advertisements have also been placed on a number of websites including:

    • Australian Institute of Emergency Services
    • Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council 
    • Fairfax Digital Network – Australian Financial Review, BRW, Business Day Network
    • Probono Australia
    • Seek.

    The Queensland Government’s SmartJobs website also provides details of the advertised position https://smartjobs.govnet.qld.gov.au (external site).

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 20 April 2015

    Close of Applications

    The Public Service Commission (PSC) is leading a process for the merit-based appointment of all Directors-General roles. Updated information on this process will be provided as the project progresses.

    20 April 2015—Strong interest in Director-General roles

    Applications for the 18 Director-General roles closed on Tuesday 14 April 2015. Interest in the positions was strong with over 4,200 visits to the Chandler Macleod dedicated website, of which over 3,100 were unique visits.

    Chandler Macleod website visits—returning visits vs. new visits

    Average time spent visiting the website was over 1 minute.

    54% of the website visits were from males and 46% were from females.

    Audience—gender of visitors

    The roles received some international interest. 94% of the website visits were from within Australia, with the remaining 6% from the international community including New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom in that order.

    The broad and targeted advertising approach taken to attract a diverse field of candidates was successful as website traffic came from a wide variety of sources including Pro Bono Australia, the online jobs board for executives in the Not for Profit sector, LinkedIn, the Australian Financial Review and the Smart Jobs website.

    Applicants / diversity

    The website visits converted into a large number of applications (some 350).

    Advertising of Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

    Additional Directors-General Level Role—Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (to take up duty from 1 August 2015)

    Advertisements for the position of Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have appeared in the same print media channels as the Directors-General roles, including the Australian Financial Review on Friday 17 April 2015 and the Brisbane Courier Mail and the Australian on Saturday 18 April 2015. Read the advertisement (PDF, 192 KB).

    Chandler Macleod is partnering with the Public Service Commission to support the open merit-based selection process for this role, which aligns with the process already under way for the 18 Directors-General.

    The dedicated website set up for the Directors-General process also provides information on the Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services role, including the role description (PDF, 574 KB), a profile of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and how to express interest in this role.

    Applications for the Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services close at 5.00pm AEST Monday 18 May 2015. Applications should be submitted via the Chandler Macleod dedicated website at www.qlddgrec.chandlermacleod.com

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 13 April 2015

    Closing Date for Applications – 5.00pm AEST, Tuesday 14 April 2015

    The advertisements for the 18 Director-General roles appeared for the final time in the Australian Financial Review on Friday 10 April 2015 and in the Brisbane Courier Mail and the Australian newspaper on Saturday 11 April 2015.

    In addition to the specialist publications identified in the update published on 30 March 2015, pointers and advertisements have also been placed in:

    • First National Telegraph e-newspaper
    • Infrastructure Partners Australia
    • Our Mob, community information website

    The PSC’s recruitment partner, Chandler Macleod, has reported a strong interest in the roles from a diverse range of potential applicants from around Australia and New Zealand and from the public and private sectors. It is my intention to provide an analysis of the applicant pool and the effectiveness of the advertising channels in a future update.

    Applications will close at 5.00pm AEST on Tuesday 14 April 2015. Applications should be submitted via the Chandler Macleod dedicated website at www.qlddgrec.chandlermacleod.com

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 7 April 2015

    Selection Panel

    The selection panel for recruitment of 18 Directors-General will be chaired by Robert Setter, Public Service Commission Chief Executive (Acting). The panel members independent of the Queensland government are Ms Lynelle Briggs AO, Chairperson of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission and former Public Service Commissioner for the Australian Public Service, and Mr Jim Hallion AM, South Australia’s Coordinator-General, and former Chief Executive, Department of Premier and Cabinet.

    Ms Lynelle Briggs AO, is Chairperson of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission; Chairperson of ASIO’s Audit and Risk Committee; an independent councillor on the Royal Australian College of General Practice Council; and independent chairperson of the General Insurance Code Governance Committee.

    Ms Briggs AO is a former Public Service Commissioner for the Australian Public Service; the former chief executive of Medicare Australia; President and board member of the Commonwealth Association of Public Administrators and Managers; non-executive director of the Australian Rail Track Corporation Board; Chair of the Jigsaw Theatre Company Board; and Independent Chairperson of a Catholic Development Fund Steering Committee.

    Ms Briggs AO has extensive experience in the Australian Public Service, working in a wide range of fields including social security, health and community services, transport, external territories, employment and labour market support and veterans’ affairs.

    Ms Briggs AO received her Order of Australia in the General Division in 2013 for distinguished public service, particularly for leadership in the development of public service performance and professionalism.

    Mr Jim Hallion AM, is South Australia’s Coordinator-General. Mr Hallion AM is an engineer whose experience includes Chief Executive of four government departments, most recently the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and, previously Industry and Trade, Primary Industries and Resources, and Transport, Energy and Infrastructure.

    Mr Hallion AM has been involved in many major infrastructure projects including the revitalisation of South Australia’s public transport, road and maritime systems, road and rail regulation, resources industry and its gas and electricity markets. He is a former member of the Infrastructure Australia Council and Chair of the Australian Maritime Group and National Rail Safety Regulation Project Board. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

    Mr Hallion AM was recently honoured as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to public administration in South Australia, particularly to transport infrastructure, energy and agriculture.

    Mr Robert Setter has over 35 years' experience in both the private and public sectors. Until recently, Mr Setter offered representational and advisory services to business and government in leadership, organisational alignment and reform, policy analysis, and strategy development.

    His previous Chief Executive responsibilities 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 is currently Director, AgriFood Skills Australia Ltd, and has previously been Corporation Sole, Australian Agricultural College Corporation, and Director, Aviation Australia Pty Ltd. He has also held several senior roles in vocational education and training, and the Queensland TAFE and education sectors.

    Together the panel offers the breadth of experience and depth of expertise in effective chief executive-level governance of government central agencies and portfolio service delivery reflective of the Queensland Directors General positions to be filled.

    The selection panel will conduct interviews and recommend appointments to the Premier. New appointments to these roles will be subject to approval by the Governor-in-Council.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 30 March 2015

    Director-General roles advertised

    Advertisements seeking applications for the 18 Director-General roles have appeared in national newspapers including the Australian Financial Review on Friday 27 March 2015 and the Brisbane Courier Mail and the Australian on Saturday 28 March 2015. A copy of the advertisement is included below.

    Advertisements are also being placed in selected professional publications and electronic media channels to reach as wide and diverse an audience as possible and to target talented leaders, who may have specialist technical skills. The Queensland Government’s SmartJobs website also provides details of the advertised positions. The professional publications include:

    • Accounting and Finance Association of Australia, online jobs board
    • Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, online jobs board
    • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Update, weekly online newsletter,  job advertisement
    • Australian Financial Review Digital Executive Package and Senior Female Executive Package – digital publication campaign
    • Business Chicks, online job advertisement
    • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia, online jobs board and monthly newsletter
    • Diversity Network, online jobs board
    • The Economic Society of Australia, online jobs board and newsletter to members
    • Efinancial Careers, online network for finance professionals with links to 24 websites, job advertisement
    • Engineers Australia, information on website
    • Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand 
    • Executive Career, online executive job board
    • Indeed, online jobs board
    • Lawyers Weekly, weekly publication, job advertisement
    • LinkedIn networks, via Chandler Macleod
    • LG Jobs, online jobs board
    • Medical Journal of Australia, online jobs board
    • Pro Bono Australia, online jobs board for executives in the Not for Profit sector
    • Professionals Australia (Engineers, Scientists and Managers), online jobs board.
    • Seek, online jobs board

    The PSC’s recruitment partner, Chandler Macleod, is handling all recruitment enquiries and applications for the Director-General roles. There is a dedicated website set up for this process, which provides information on the roles, including the Role Description (a copy of which is included below) and profiles of each of the Departments, and how to express interest in the roles.

    The job advertisement refers interested candidates to this website and all applications must be submitted through the site.

    The Director-General recruitment website can be accessed at www.qlddgrec.chandlermacleod.com. An information pack, containing the information available on the website, can be obtained by emailing QLDDG@chandlermacleod.com. Confidential enquiries about the role can be directed to Adam Harris, Executive Manager, Chandler Macleod on (07) 3003 7718.

    Applications for the Director-General roles close at 5.00pm AEST on Tuesday 14 April 2015.

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 24 March 2015

    The Public Service Commission announces successful recruitment partner

    The Public Service Commission (PSC) has finalised the select tender process and appointed Chandler Macleod as the recruitment partner to support the open merit-based selection process for 18 Directors-General roles in the Queensland Public Service.

    Due to the compressed timeframes, the PSC used a select tender invitation process. The select tender process drew on the current Standing Offer Arrangement for Office-based Staff Solutions and also applied the criteria of experience in managing a complex and concurrent senior executive recruitment process, recent public sector Chief Executive recruitment assignments and a strong understanding of the Queensland executive recruitment market. While there are any number of businesses who claim to have the capacity to deliver these services, it was determined that the most effective and efficient way to develop this project was a select tender process.

    The partnership with Chandler Macleod is a critical step to ensure a professional best-practice approach to an open transparent selection and recruitment process for the 18 Directors-General roles.

    Chandler Macleod is Australia’s largest Human Capital group with a depth of experience in executive-level public sector roles and in managing large scale senior executive projects. They have a strong commitment to equity and diversity in selection and recruitment.

    The PSC engaged a probity advisor, Ms Melissa Grainger of QProcurement Pty Ltd, to monitor the procurement process and provide advice and guidance on all aspects of probity.

    The merit based selection process aligns with the Public Service Act 2008 requirement for public service employment to attract and retain a diverse and skilled workforce, drawn from all sectors of the employment market.

    Recruitment strategy – advertising

    In order to reach a broad market, advertisements will be placed in national newspapers, selected professional publications and various electronic media channels from Friday 27 March 2015.  The Smartjobs Queensland Government website will also provide the relevant information.

    All current Directors-General have been invited to participate in the process.

    The PSC will provide regular updates on the PSC website.

    There is an opportunity for comment or feedback through the “contact us” section of the site.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

  • 9 March 2015

    Initiation of recruitment process

    To all Queensland government employees

    You will be aware of the Government's election commitment to the merit based appointment of Directors-General, and the Premier's confirmation that existing Directors-General will be invited to participate in the process.

    This is in keeping with the Premier's commitment to a return to the Westminster style model for the public service.

    The Public Service Commission (PSC) will lead a process for the merit-based appointment of all Directors-General roles. This process will involve national advertising of all roles to seek a high quality pool of applicants, which includes current Directors-General who wish to participate.

    A panel, including members who are independent of government, will conduct interviews and make recommendations on appointments to the Premier. The process is aimed at ensuring we have the best available people to provide leadership to the public service and independent high quality advice to Ministers. It also aligns with the requirement under the Public Service Act (2008) for public sector employment to be directed towards attracting and retaining a diverse and skilled workforce, drawn from the government and non-government sectors.

    The process will be as timely as possible (anticipated to be finalised mid-year). Directors-General will continue with the business of the day, and I expect there should be limited impact on the ongoing day to day operations of any department.

    A separate process will be conducted for the role of PSC Commission Chief Executive at a later date following a review of the PSC's operating model. The review will include identifying how the PSC's statutory functions (including governance) can be strengthened to assure independence.

    The Premier has conveyed to Directors-General her expectation that they continue to fulfil all of the responsibilities of their role. I have every confidence that you will all continue to provide your Director-General with your full support and cooperation to ensure that we are implementing the Government's policies and priorities and achieving excellence in service delivery.

    Also in line with the Premier's publicly expressed view that Government should operate in accordance with the principles of the Westminster system, the Premier has approved the PSC undertake a review of statutory appointments (equivalent to chief executive appointments) with terms and conditions set by Governor in Council.

    The review will provide advice on whether statutory appointments continue to be warranted for all of these roles as well as assess whether they have contemporary accountability and performance measures. The review will also consider the extent of their independent functions and the most suitable model of appointment of the executive role leading the agency.

    The PSC will provide regular updates on the process on our website.

     

    Robert Setter
    Commission Chief Executive (Acting)

Last updated:
12 May, 2016
Last reviewed:
25 February, 2016

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