The Queensland Government is offering strategic, service driven leadership opportunities to individuals seeking to influence the future of Queensland. The Premier of Queensland is committed to establishing an independent public service that embraces diversity and is focused on providing the highest standard of service to Queenslanders, and impartial evidence-based advice to Government. This is an outstanding opportunity for values-based leaders with a strong commitment to customer service, stakeholder engagement, innovation and experience in public sector governance and management.

The 16 of the 18 Chief Executive Officer / Director-General roles have been filled and two vacancies remain each leading a Government Department and accountable to the responsible Minister. Each Chief Executive Officer is a member of a whole of government Leadership Board providing strategic oversight, governance and influence in developing best practice and integrated solutions in response to public policy challenges.

In addition to this ongoing process the Queensland Government is looking to appoint a values based leader to the position of the Public Trustee of Queensland. This role will lead a self-funding statutory authority that reports to the Queensland Parliament through the State’s Attorney General.

The Queensland public service employs 234,000 people in 35 government departments and agencies, covering areas such as education and training; economic growth and infrastructure; health, community services and the arts; environment and resources; law, justice and safety. This is an opportunity to be part of a team drawn from perse backgrounds and representing the best leadership talent in Australia. Applicants will participate in an open merit-based process.

The Opportunities

Three Chief Executive Officer roles remain open -

Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning*

The role is responsible for creating better cities, towns and communities through future-focused planning, smart development, engagement and strong partnerships. The Department brings together a diverse portfolio of functions as key drivers of economic and social growth. This includes the functions of infrastructure development, planning, local government, including disaster recovery and resilience, as well as economic and regional development. The role will deliver critical infrastructure, plan for essential development and partner with local government to deliver better outcomes for Queenslanders.

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Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation*

The role is responsible for positioning Queensland as an attractive investment destination with a strong innovation and entrepreneurial culture, while growing Queensland’s reputation as a leading knowledge based economy and platform for jobs and industries of the future. The Department will play a lead role in the Advance Queensland strategy which will position Queensland as a place where entrepreneurs, industry, universities and government work collaboratively to translate science and innovation into investment ready projects and services for economic growth. The portfolio is responsible for the leadership of 2900 staff including Shared Corporate Services and will have a strong focus on commercialising innovations, increasing our international reputation for science and research excellence and developing, attracting and retaining world-class talent to create jobs of the future.

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Public Trustee of Queensland

As the Public Trustee and the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Trust Office you will provide visionary, values-based leadership and management to the Office. You will build upon a supportive, compassionate and ethical culture and your stewardship will guide the Office to deliver high quality, sustainable and reliable financial, trustee, and administration services to Queenslanders.

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Application and Assessment Process

In partnership with the Public Service Commission (PSC), Chandler Macleod is conducting a transparent merit based selection process for the Directors-General to be appointed under the Public Service Act (2008). The process will include a number of key milestones, assessment and evaluation stages utilising Chandler MacLeod’s BestFitTM methodology.

All potential applicants are encouraged to review the material accessible on this site including the role description and Department profiles. We also have an information pack which can be requested by emailing Confidential enquires can be directed to Adam Harris, Manager Executive on 07 3003 7718.

Applicants for the role of Public Trustee of Queensland are encouraged to review the material accessible on this site including the role description and Department profiles. We also have an information pack which can be requested by emailing Confidential enquires can be directed to Ryan Webster, Executive Consultant on 07 3003 7718.

How to Apply

We encourage applications to be made via the link on this site or email directly to

Applications should include:

  • a covering letter, of no more than 2 pages outlining:
    • your claim for the role based on skills and experience. This should reflect the Role Description, including the Success Capabilities and Public Sector Values.
    • your Department(s) of preference.
  • a current resume.
  • Two referees (current) – specifying reporting relationship, contact number / email address. Referees of shortlisted applicants will be contacted prior to interview.

Please note while specific feedback on applications may not be available until the conclusion of the entire process, regular updates on the process will be available at

Applications for the Director-General Science, Information Technology and Innovation and Director-General Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning will close on the 28th of August.

Applications for the Public Trustee of Queensland will close on the 24th August 2015.

Successful applicants will be required to declare their pecuniary interests. Please note this information will be published.

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About Chandler Macleod

Chandler Macleod Group is one of the largest and most comprehensive providers of HR Services in Australasia. Founded in 1959, Chandler Macleod works with individuals and organisations across 7 countries to plan, source, assess, develop and manage their talent.

Our expertise in Executive Selection is underpinned by Chandler Macleod’s unique BestFitTM process. By combining rigorous and transparent methodologies and cutting-edge psychometric assessment tools, applied by an experienced team of Executive Search and Selection specialists and organisational psychologies, we identify the optimum person-job-environment fit for each role and organisation we partner with.

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