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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 2016–17 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 2016–17 objectives have been drafted in consultation with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and Queensland Treasury (QT), and have been approved by the Premier’s delegate, the DG-DPC.

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.

Download the Chief Executive Performance Objectives for 2016-17 (PDF, 635 KB) | (DOCX, 115 KB)

Performance agreement

CEOs are required to complete their 2016–17 agreement by the end of August 2016 or up to three months after 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) feedback provided 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 appropriate delegate for approval.

Mid-year review

CEOs provide a self-assessment and seek feedback from their Minister.

End of year assessment

CEOs provide a self-assessment and seek comments and feedback from their Minister in July 2017.


An independent assessment committee will be established in August 2017. DPC, QT and PSC will provide input to the committee.

There will be a focus on development, with CEOs being 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 will be reflected in their 2017-18 performance agreement. The committee will focus on development. CEOs will be given feedback on the assessment of their performance, in terms of strengths and areas for development.

The Premier or the Premier’s delegate (D-G DPC) determines an assessment of each CEO’s performance. The committee informs this determination.The committee will make recommendations to the Premier or their delegate on the assessment of each CEO’s performance.

Download the CEO performance framework factsheet (PDF, 77KB) (PDF, 356 KB)

Performance agreement templates


e-Plan is a secure online performance management system, delivered by Datacom to specifically meet the needs of the Queensland public service. CEOs and executives from across the public service can opt to use e-Plan.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) administers the process for CEOs, and agencies administer the process for their executives (accessing supporting resources from the PSC). PSC facilitates a Community of Practice for agency administrators.


  • aligned to Chief Executive Officer and executive performance frameworks
  • can be used for other roles/levels across organisations
  • designed to facilitate the cascading of objectives from supervisors to team members
  • configured to allow internal agency status monitoring and reporting
  • designed to support agency moderation on assessments at the end of the financial year
  • version upgrades ensure contemporary functionality
  • can be tailored and customised to meet specific agency needs (at agency expense).

View the list of user guides (Queensland Government employees only).

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 chief executive of the PSC has key responsibilities to facilitate the purposes of the chief executive service and the senior executive service.