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Inclusion Champions of Change

We are committed to leading new thinking and action on inclusion and diversity in the Queensland public sector. We meet 4 times a year and are modelled on the Queensland Male Champions of Change, which is based on the national Male Champions of Change.

We pledge to understand and build constructive workplace cultures that feature inclusion, collaboration and innovation.

Download our charter (DOCX, 214 KB) to see our full commitment.


Organisational leadership

  • Building awareness, advocacy and strategy through the Leadership Board.
  • Incorporating real inclusion and diversity commitments into strategic and operational plans, including strategic workforce plans.
  • Championing a change in workplace cultures and empowering both women and men to achieve inclusion and diversity outcomes.
  • Supporting the progression of talent throughout departments and the public sector, especially in leadership pipelines.


  • Assessing current agency employment policies or practices and ensuring inclusion and diversity is supported in areas such as recruitment, retention, and promotion or development.

Work and family

  • Encouraging the use of flexible workplace arrangements which foster or support the management of both men and women achieving an appropriate balance between work, life and family life.


  • Sharing experiences and successful strategies for advancing inclusion and diversity within the Queensland public sector and encouraging peers to do the same.

2017 priorities

2016 activities update


  • Dave Stewart, Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet (chair)
  • Robert Setter, Chief Executive, Public Service Commission
  • Michael Walsh, Director-General, Department of Health
  • Paul Simshauser, Director-General, Department of Energy and Water Supply
  • Michael Hogan, Director-General, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  • Liza Carroll, Director–General, Department of Housing and Public Works
  • Tamara O’Shea, Director–General, Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing
  • David Smales, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Queensland
  • Richard Van Breda, Chief Executive Officer, Stanwell
  • Jim Pruss, Chief Executive Officer, Seqwater