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CEO performance agreements

Contracts with individual chief executive officers (CEOs) set out requirements to enter into performance agreements that will be assessed by the Premier or their delegate. CEO agreements are approved by the Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DG DPC), with the DG DPC’s approved by the Premier.

The CEO performance framework includes 5 objectives:

  • the first overarching objective focusing on whole of government leadership and
  • the remaining 4 based on the Balanced Scorecard’s four quadrants of financial, stakeholder and outcome, internal business and learning and growth.

The objectives are drafted in consultation with the Leadership Board, and are approved by the PSC Board.

CEO performance assessments seek to drive high performance, based on a three point scale — limited, sound and high — and are cascaded to their executives to ensure optimum alignment within agencies and consistency across the sector.

Performance agreement

CEOs are required to complete their agreement by the end of August of each year or within three months of commencing in their role (if they are newly appointed to the role during the financial year).

  1. CEOs develop their intended performance outcomes which define the expectation for high performance.
  2. DPC, QT and the Public Service Commission (PSC) provide feedback to CEOs on their draft agreements.
  3. CEOs discuss, seek input and approval of the agreement from their Minister.
  4. Agreements are submitted by PSC to the DG DPC for approval.

Mid-year review

CEOs provide a self-assessment and seek feedback from their Minister in January of each year.

End of year assessment

CEOs provide a self-assessment and seek comments and feedback from their Minister in July of each year. The process has a development component, with CEOs given feedback on the assessment of their performance in terms of strengths and areas for development. Discussion also occurs with CEOs on strategic priorities going forward. This is reflected in their next performance agreement.

The Premier or the Premier’s delegate (DG DPC) determines an assessment of each CEO’s performance.

Performance agreement templates

2018–19: Option 1

This template captures all processes that occur within a full year—the Agreement, Mid-year Review and Assessment.

2018–19: Option 2

Individual templates for the Agreement, Mid-year Review and Assessment.


Public Service Act 2008 responsibilities

The Public Service Act (2008) sets out the purpose of the chief executive service including:

  • responsibility for effectiveness and efficiency
  • collaboration between departments
  • performance management in the public service
  • delivery of services in line with government priorities.

The Commission Chief Executive of the PSC has key responsibilities to facilitate the purposes of the chief executive service and the senior executive service.