The buck may stop with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her deputy and Treasurer Jackie Trad, but the big bucks are being pulled in by an increasing number of well-paid bureaucrats, most of them male.
An analysis of last weekend’s dump of annual reports by the Palaszczuk Government reveals the huge pay packets being earned in the senior ranks of the public service in the 2017-18 financial year.
The Premier was not even close to the top of the list, with at least 26 people employed in government departments eclipsing her salary of $399,955.
There are more than 70 people earning above this figure across all government bodies (see the full list below), a list dominated by men.
Leading the pack was her own director-general of Premier and Cabinet, Dave Stewart, whose total remuneration hit $744,000.
Following him was recently resigned under treasurer Jim Murphy ($700,000), Coordinator-General Barry Broe ($666,000), Transport and Main Roads director-general Neil Scales ($632,000) and chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young ($622,000).
While most Australians struggle with the scourge of low-wage growth, some top bureaucrats are seeing the opposite — Police Commissioner Ian Stewart’s remuneration package increased 6.8 per cent last financial year to $614,000, while Dr Young’s rose by more than 12 per cent above her previous year’s salary.
There are another 15 people in statutory bodies earning more than the Premier, starting with Queensland Rail boss Nick Easy on $755,000, showing the rail-fail saga did not put the brakes on pay.
But the real money is in Queensland’s government-owned corporations (GOCs), with Queensland Treasury Corporation chief executive Philip Noble earning more than $1.2m last financial year.
The heads of electricity businesses are yet to publish their latest annual reports, but last year’s figures are also impressive.
The top package was $869,000 for the head of CS Energy in 2016-17.
Across the state government’s departments, statutory bodies and GOCs, the ABC has recorded 72 people who earned more than the Premier.
But only 13 of them were women (18 per cent).
Only last week, Ms Palaszczuk was talking up the government’s efforts to tackle the gender pay gap.
“Women are equal to men and we want to see more women participating not just across government but also in the business community and business organisations,” the Premier said in Toowoomba last Wednesday.
Men dominate the top-earning jobs
The latest public service commission report for the June quarter revealed that the higher the income, the lower the proportion of women.
Within the largest public service band of AO6 — which includes occupations such as registered nurses and police officers — women account for 71 per cent of the workforce.
But above that level, men quickly begin to dominate.
At the highest pay category recorded in the data — senior executive service (SES) and above — men account for 63 per cent of the cohort.
|People earning more than Premier and/or Deputy Premier|
|M||Queensland Treasury — Under Treasurer Jim Murphy||700,000|
|F||Queensland Fire and Emergency Services — Commissioner Katerina Carroll||419,000|
|M||Queensland Police Service — Commissioner Ian Stewart||614,000||575,000|
|M||Queensland Corrective Services — Commissioner Peter Martin||406,000|
|M||Department of Transport and Main Roads — Director-General Neil Scales||632,000|
|F||Department of Transport and Main Roads — Deputy Director-General (Infrastructure Management and Delivery) Amanda Yeates||463,000|
|F||Department of Housing and Public Works — Director-General Liza Carroll||513,000|
|M||Public Service Commission — CEO Robert Setter||563,000||547,000|
|M||Qld Audit Office Auditor-General Brendan Worrall||517,000|
|F||Department of State Development Manufacturing Infrastructure and Planning — Director-General Rachel Hunter||422,000||356,000|
|M||Department of State Development Manufacturing Infrastructure and Planning — Coordinator-General Barry Broe||666,000||644,000|
|M||Clerk of Parliament Neil Laurie||398,000||377,000|
|F||TAFE Qld CEO Mary Campbell||473,000|
|M||Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships — Director-General Chris Sarra||361,000||342,000|
|F||Department of Agriculture and Fisheries — Director-General Dr Beth Woods||358,000||347,000|
|M||Department of Local Government Racing and Multicultural Affairs — Director-General Warwick Agnew||433,000|
|M||Department of Innovation Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games — Director-General Damien Walker||470,000|
|M||Public Trustee of Qld Peter Carne||384,000|
|M||Department of Education — Director-General Tony Cook||510,000|
|M||Department of Premier and Cabinet — Director-General Dave Stewart||744,000||730,000|
|M||Department of Premier and Cabinet — Deputy Director-General Policy Graham Fraine||354,000|
|F||Department of Premier and Cabinet — Qld Parliamentary Counsel Theresa Johnson||353,000||338,000|
|M||Queensland Health — Director-General Michael Walsh||607,000||595,000|
|F||Queensland Health — Deputy Director-General Corporate Services Barbara Phillips||354,000|
|M||Queensland Health — Deputy Director-General Clinical Excellence Dr John Wakefield||519,000|
|M||Queensland Health — Deputy Director-General Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance Nicholas Steele||364,000||335,000|
|F||Queensland Health — Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young||622,000||555,000|
|M||Queensland Health — Ambulance Commissioner Russell Bowles||368,000||360,000|
|M||Queensland Health — Health Support Qld Chief Executive Gary Uhlmann||365,000|
|M||Queensland Health — eHealth Qld Chief Executive Dr Richard Ashby||615,000|
|M||Department of Justice and Attorney-General — Director-General David Mackie||496,000|
|M||Department of Justice and Attorney-General — Director of Public Prosecutions Michael Byrne||445,000|
|M||Department of Energy and Water Supply — Director-General Jon Black||503,000|
|M||Department of Natural Resources and Mines — Director-General James Purtill||401,000|
|F||Department of Communities Disability Services and Seniors — Director-General Clare O’Connor||479,000||506,000|
|M||Department of Environment and Science — Director-General Jamie Merrick||424,000|
|M||Qld Art Gallery Director Chris Saines||379,000||364,000|
|F||Trade and Investment Qld CEO Virginia Greville||398,000|
|M||Qld Performing Arts Trust Chief Executive John Kotzas||362,000||365,000|
|M||Queensland Ombudsman Phil Clarke||356,000||346,000|
|M||Qld Rail — CEO Nick Easy||755,000|
|M||Qld Rail — Executive General Manager Network Tim Ripper||482,000|
|F||Qld Rail — Executive General Manager People and Culture Louise Collins||455,000|
|M||Qld Rail — Executive General Manager Projects Liam Gordon||449,000|
|M||Qld Rail — Acting Chief Financial Officer and Executive General Manager Commercial and Strategy Jim Benstead||401,000|
|M||Qld Bulk Water Supply Authority — CEO Jim Pruss||609,933|
|M||Qld Bulk Water Supply Authority — General Manager Liam Tobin||408,480|
|M||Qld Bulk Water Supply Authority — General Manager Daniel Spiller||364,787|
|M||Building Queensland CEO Damien Gould||360,000|
|M||Cross River Rail Delivery Authority — CEO Graeme Newton||490,000|
|M||Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell||453,699||390,210|
|M||Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett||416,000||382,000|
|M||Community Enterprise Qld CEO Iam Copeland||470,000|
|M||Queensland Competition Authority – Chief Executive Charles Millstead||406,138|
|M||Qld Productivity Commission principal commissioner Kim Wood||445,000|
|F||Tourism and Events Qld CEO Leanne Coddington||373,000||372,000|
|M||Stadiums Qld Chief Executive Todd Harris||416,000|
|M||Qld Building and Construction Commissioner Brett Bassett||393,000|
|M||Qld Reconstruction Authority CEO Brendan Moon||446,000|
|F||QIC — Executive Director Finance Claire Blake||412,500|
|M||QIC — Executive Director Operations and Technology Mark McDonald||400,000|
|M||QIC — Executive Director Risk Legal and Tax David Clarke||412,500|
|M||QIC — Group Chief Executive Damien Frawley||750,000|
|F||QIC — Executive Director Strategy Clients and Global Markets Leonie Wilkinson||580,000|
|M||Ports North CEO Chris Boland||356,894|
|M||Gladstone Ports Corp CEO Peter O’Sullivan||593,900|
|M||Gladstone Ports Corp Commerical GM Michael Galt||433,408|
|M||Gladstone Ports Corp Cargo Handling Operations GM Allan Brown||401,011|
|M||Noth Qld Bulk Ports Corp CEO Steven Lewis||449,772|
|F||Port of Townsville CEO Ranee Crosby||361,142|
|M||Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation CEO Mark Peters||550,000|
|M||Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation Deputy CEO Brian Nourse||400,000|
|M||CS Energy — CEO Martin Moore||869,000|
|M||CS Energy — CFO Darren Busine||421,000|
|M||CS Energy — Executive General Manager Operations Mark Moran||457,000|
|M||CS Energy — Executive General Manager Energy Markets David Warman||458,000|
|M||CS Energy — Executive General Manager Peaople and Safety Andrew Varvari||484,000|
|M||Stanwell — CEO Richard Van Breda||834,000|
|M||Stanwell — CFO Michael O’Rourke||444,000|
|F||Stanwell — Executive General Manager Business Services Jenny Gregg||441,000|
|M||Stanwell — Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy Stephen Quilter||421,000|
|F||Powerlink — CEO Merryn York||865,000|
|M||Powerlink — CFO Darryl Rowell||440,000|
|M||Powerlink — Executive General Manager Infrastructure Delivery and Technical Services Stewart Bell||389,000|
|M||Energy Queensland — CEO David Smales||673,000|
|M||Energy Queensland — Interim CEO/Transition EGM Terry Effeney||700,000|
|M||Energy Queensland — CFO Peter Scott||621,000|
|F||Energy Queensland — COO Distribution Roslyn Baker||368,000|
|F||Sunwater — Chief Executive Nicole Hollows||685,000||593,000|
|M||Qld Treasury Corporation — CEO Philip Noble||1,226,111|
|M||Qld Treasury Corporation — Deputy CEO Grant Bush||1,045,675|
|M||Qld Treasury Corporation — Managing Director Client Advisory Mark Gerard||615,439|
|M||Qld Treasury Corporation — Managing Director Risk and Financial Rupert Hayward||601,013|
|F||Qld Treasury Corporation — Managing Director Corporate Services Jane Keating||563,733|