Executive performance agreements

Executives are required to develop performance agreements and be assessed on their performance from time to time, as determined by their chief executive officer (CEO). Individual executive contracts contain requirements for performance agreements and assessments.

Executives must also outline their personal development priorities, and how these will be addressed during the year.

These documents are discussed with and approved by their manager, and usually endorsed by the Director-General, or their delegate.  

Executives should ensure that the performance agreements of their team are aligned, so that each individual contributor can understand how their performance objectives contribute to the work of the department, and the sector. The Chief Executive Performance and Development template can be used for reference.

Performance and Development Agreement

  1. Executives develop their intended performance outcomes based on those of their CEO, clearly defining the expectation for high performance
  2. Executives consider their development priorities based on the Leadership competencies for Queensland and explore potential opportunities based on the advice within the template.
  3. Executives are encouraged to explore and engage in the LEAD4QLD assessment and development program to help build self-awareness and guide their development opportunities.

Mid-year review

Each executive undertakes a mid-year review with their supervisor in January/February to assess performance so far, and adjust specific objectives going forward.

End of year assessment

Executives provide a self-assessment, discuss and seek input from their supervisor in July of each year, prior to the new agreement being formed.

This year the executive PDA template has been upgraded similar to the CEO template and now includes all components of agreement and assessment in the one document.

The assessment template to finalise 18-19 agreements can be found in the link below.

Performance agreement templates


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


This template is used to report the 2018-2019 end of year assessment ratings for executive performance. Please complete and forward to PSC by 31 October 2019 – development@psc.qld.gov.au

Purpose of the senior executive service

Section 106 of the Public Service Act (2008):

106     Purposes of service and their achievement

  1. The senior executive service is continued to promote the public service’s effectiveness and efficiency.
  2. Employment in the senior executive service is to be directed towards ensuring senior executives –
    1. Develop a public service wide perspective; and
    2. Continue their executive development; and
    3. Develop their skills through deployment within and outside the public service.