Who runs the world? Women. Who’s paid the most? Men

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Posted October 01, 2018 21:42:39

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
 GenderSalary2017-182016-17
MQueensland Treasury — Under Treasurer Jim Murphy700,000 
FQueensland Fire and Emergency Services — Commissioner Katerina Carroll419,000 
MQueensland Police Service — Commissioner Ian Stewart614,000575,000
MQueensland Corrective Services — Commissioner Peter Martin406,000 
MDepartment of Transport and Main Roads — Director-General Neil Scales632,000 
FDepartment of Transport and Main Roads — Deputy Director-General (Infrastructure Management and Delivery) Amanda Yeates463,000 
FDepartment of Housing and Public Works — Director-General Liza Carroll513,000 
MPublic Service Commission — CEO Robert Setter563,000547,000
MQld Audit Office Auditor-General Brendan Worrall517,000 
FDepartment of State Development Manufacturing Infrastructure and Planning — Director-General Rachel Hunter422,000356,000
MDepartment of State Development Manufacturing Infrastructure and Planning — Coordinator-General Barry Broe666,000644,000
MClerk of Parliament Neil Laurie398,000377,000
FTAFE Qld CEO Mary Campbell 473,000
MDepartment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships — Director-General Chris Sarra361,000342,000
FDepartment of Agriculture and Fisheries — Director-General Dr Beth Woods358,000347,000
MDepartment of Local Government Racing and Multicultural Affairs — Director-General Warwick Agnew 433,000
MDepartment of Innovation Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games — Director-General Damien Walker470,000 
MPublic Trustee of Qld Peter Carne384,000 
MDepartment of Education — Director-General Tony Cook 510,000
MDepartment of Premier and Cabinet — Director-General Dave Stewart744,000730,000
MDepartment of Premier and Cabinet — Deputy Director-General Policy Graham Fraine 354,000
FDepartment of Premier and Cabinet — Qld Parliamentary Counsel Theresa Johnson353,000338,000
MQueensland Health — Director-General Michael Walsh607,000595,000
FQueensland Health — Deputy Director-General Corporate Services Barbara Phillips354,000 
MQueensland Health — Deputy Director-General Clinical Excellence Dr John Wakefield519,000 
MQueensland Health — Deputy Director-General Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance Nicholas Steele364,000335,000
FQueensland Health — Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young622,000555,000
MQueensland Health — Ambulance Commissioner Russell Bowles368,000360,000
MQueensland Health — Health Support Qld Chief Executive Gary Uhlmann365,000 
MQueensland Health — eHealth Qld Chief Executive Dr Richard Ashby615,000 
MDepartment of Justice and Attorney-General — Director-General David Mackie496,000 
MDepartment of Justice and Attorney-General — Director of Public Prosecutions Michael Byrne445,000 
MDepartment of Energy and Water Supply — Director-General Jon Black 503,000
MDepartment of Natural Resources and Mines — Director-General James Purtill 401,000
FDepartment of Communities Disability Services and Seniors — Director-General Clare O’Connor479,000506,000
MDepartment of Environment and Science — Director-General Jamie Merrick 424,000
    
 Other Entities  
MQld Art Gallery Director Chris Saines379,000364,000
FTrade and Investment Qld CEO Virginia Greville398,000 
MQld Performing Arts Trust Chief Executive John Kotzas362,000365,000
MQueensland Ombudsman Phil Clarke356,000346,000
    
 Statutory Bodies  
MQld Rail — CEO Nick Easy755,000 
MQld Rail — Executive General Manager Network Tim Ripper482,000 
FQld Rail — Executive General Manager People and Culture Louise Collins455,000 
MQld Rail — Executive General Manager Projects Liam Gordon449,000 
MQld Rail — Acting Chief Financial Officer and Executive General Manager Commercial and Strategy Jim Benstead401,000 
MQld Bulk Water Supply Authority — CEO Jim Pruss 609,933
MQld Bulk Water Supply Authority — General Manager Liam Tobin 408,480
MQld Bulk Water Supply Authority — General Manager Daniel Spiller 364,787
MBuilding Queensland CEO Damien Gould360,000 
MCross River Rail Delivery Authority — CEO Graeme Newton490,000 
MRacing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell453,699390,210
MRacing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett416,000382,000
MCommunity Enterprise Qld CEO Iam Copeland470,000 
MQueensland Competition Authority – Chief Executive Charles Millstead406,138 
MQld Productivity Commission principal commissioner Kim Wood445,000 
FTourism and Events Qld CEO Leanne Coddington373,000372,000
MStadiums Qld Chief Executive Todd Harris416,000 
MQld Building and Construction Commissioner Brett Bassett393,000 
MQld Reconstruction Authority CEO Brendan Moon446,000 
    
 GOCs2017-182016-17
FQIC — Executive Director Finance Claire Blake 412,500
MQIC — Executive Director Operations and Technology Mark McDonald 400,000
MQIC — Executive Director Risk Legal and Tax David Clarke 412,500
MQIC — Group Chief Executive Damien Frawley 750,000
FQIC — Executive Director Strategy Clients and Global Markets Leonie Wilkinson 580,000
MPorts North CEO Chris Boland 356,894
MGladstone Ports Corp CEO Peter O’Sullivan 593,900
MGladstone Ports Corp Commerical GM Michael Galt 433,408
MGladstone Ports Corp Cargo Handling Operations GM Allan Brown 401,011
MNoth Qld Bulk Ports Corp CEO Steven Lewis 449,772
FPort of Townsville CEO Ranee Crosby 361,142
MGold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation CEO Mark Peters550,000 
MGold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation Deputy CEO Brian Nourse400,000 
MCS Energy — CEO Martin Moore 869,000
MCS Energy — CFO Darren Busine 421,000
MCS Energy — Executive General Manager Operations Mark Moran 457,000
MCS Energy — Executive General Manager Energy Markets David Warman 458,000
MCS Energy — Executive General Manager Peaople and Safety Andrew Varvari 484,000
MStanwell — CEO Richard Van Breda 834,000
MStanwell — CFO Michael O’Rourke 444,000
FStanwell — Executive General Manager Business Services Jenny Gregg 441,000
MStanwell — Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy Stephen Quilter 421,000
FPowerlink — CEO Merryn York 865,000
MPowerlink — CFO Darryl Rowell 440,000
MPowerlink — Executive General Manager Infrastructure Delivery and Technical Services Stewart Bell 389,000
MEnergy Queensland — CEO David Smales 673,000
MEnergy Queensland — Interim CEO/Transition EGM Terry Effeney 700,000
MEnergy Queensland — CFO Peter Scott 621,000
FEnergy Queensland — COO Distribution Roslyn Baker 368,000
FSunwater — Chief Executive Nicole Hollows685,000593,000
MQld Treasury Corporation — CEO Philip Noble1,226,111 
MQld Treasury Corporation — Deputy CEO Grant Bush1,045,675 
MQld Treasury Corporation — Managing Director Client Advisory Mark Gerard615,439 
MQld Treasury Corporation — Managing Director Risk and Financial Rupert Hayward601,013 
FQld Treasury Corporation — Managing Director Corporate Services Jane Keating563,733 

Topics: government-and-politics, state-parliament, parliament, federal—state-issues, states-and-territories, budget, brisbane-4000, qld, australia

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