Premier's Department director-general Dave Stewart (left) earnt nearly twice as Annastacia Palaszczuk in 2017-18. AAP: Dave Hunt
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.
Photo Queensland Rail CEO Nick Easy earnt $755,000, according to public service documents.AAP: Dan Peled
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.
Photo Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young earnt $622,000.News Video
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 Gender Salary 2017-18 2016-17 M Queensland Treasury — Under Treasurer Jim Murphy 700,000 F Queensland Fire and Emergency Services — Commissioner Katerina Carroll 419,000 M Queensland Police Service — Commissioner Ian Stewart 614,000 575,000 M Queensland Corrective Services — Commissioner Peter Martin 406,000 M Department of Transport and Main Roads — Director-General Neil Scales 632,000 F Department of Transport and Main Roads — Deputy Director-General (Infrastructure Management and Delivery) Amanda Yeates 463,000 F Department of Housing and Public Works — Director-General Liza Carroll 513,000 M Public Service Commission — CEO Robert Setter 563,000 547,000 M Qld Audit Office Auditor-General Brendan Worrall 517,000 F Department of State Development Manufacturing Infrastructure and Planning — Director-General Rachel Hunter 422,000 356,000 M Department of State Development Manufacturing Infrastructure and Planning — Coordinator-General Barry Broe 666,000 644,000 M Clerk of Parliament Neil Laurie 398,000 377,000 F TAFE Qld CEO Mary Campbell 473,000 M Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships — Director-General Chris Sarra 361,000 342,000 F Department of Agriculture and Fisheries — Director-General Dr Beth Woods 358,000 347,000 M Department of Local Government Racing and Multicultural Affairs — Director-General Warwick Agnew 433,000 M Department of Innovation Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games — Director-General Damien Walker 470,000 M Public Trustee of Qld Peter Carne 384,000 M Department of Education — Director-General Tony Cook 510,000 M Department of Premier and Cabinet — Director-General Dave Stewart 744,000 730,000 M Department of Premier and Cabinet — Deputy Director-General Policy Graham Fraine 354,000 F Department of Premier and Cabinet — Qld Parliamentary Counsel Theresa Johnson 353,000 338,000 M Queensland Health — Director-General Michael Walsh 607,000 595,000 F Queensland Health — Deputy Director-General Corporate Services Barbara Phillips 354,000 M Queensland Health — Deputy Director-General Clinical Excellence Dr John Wakefield 519,000 M Queensland Health — Deputy Director-General Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance Nicholas Steele 364,000 335,000 F Queensland Health — Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young 622,000 555,000 M Queensland Health — Ambulance Commissioner Russell Bowles 368,000 360,000 M Queensland Health — Health Support Qld Chief Executive Gary Uhlmann 365,000 M Queensland Health — eHealth Qld Chief Executive Dr Richard Ashby 615,000 M Department of Justice and Attorney-General — Director-General David Mackie 496,000 M Department of Justice and Attorney-General — Director of Public Prosecutions Michael Byrne 445,000 M Department of Energy and Water Supply — Director-General Jon Black 503,000 M Department of Natural Resources and Mines — Director-General James Purtill 401,000 F Department of Communities Disability Services and Seniors — Director-General Clare O'Connor 479,000 506,000 M Department of Environment and Science — Director-General Jamie Merrick 424,000 Other Entities M Qld Art Gallery Director Chris Saines 379,000 364,000 F Trade and Investment Qld CEO Virginia Greville 398,000 M Qld Performing Arts Trust Chief Executive John Kotzas 362,000 365,000 M Queensland Ombudsman Phil Clarke 356,000 346,000 Statutory Bodies M Qld Rail — CEO Nick Easy 755,000 M Qld Rail — Executive General Manager Network Tim Ripper 482,000 F Qld Rail — Executive General Manager People and Culture Louise Collins 455,000 M Qld Rail — Executive General Manager Projects Liam Gordon 449,000 M Qld Rail — Acting Chief Financial Officer and Executive General Manager Commercial and Strategy Jim Benstead 401,000 M Qld Bulk Water Supply Authority — CEO Jim Pruss 609,933 M Qld Bulk Water Supply Authority — General Manager Liam Tobin 408,480 M Qld Bulk Water Supply Authority — General Manager Daniel Spiller 364,787 M Building Queensland CEO Damien Gould 360,000 M Cross River Rail Delivery Authority — CEO Graeme Newton 490,000 M Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell 453,699 390,210 M Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett 416,000 382,000 M Community Enterprise Qld CEO Iam Copeland 470,000 M Queensland Competition Authority - Chief Executive Charles Millstead 406,138 M Qld Productivity Commission principal commissioner Kim Wood 445,000 F Tourism and Events Qld CEO Leanne Coddington 373,000 372,000 M Stadiums Qld Chief Executive Todd Harris 416,000 M Qld Building and Construction Commissioner Brett Bassett 393,000 M Qld Reconstruction Authority CEO Brendan Moon 446,000 GOCs 2017-18 2016-17 F QIC — Executive Director Finance Claire Blake 412,500 M QIC — Executive Director Operations and Technology Mark McDonald 400,000 M QIC — Executive Director Risk Legal and Tax David Clarke 412,500 M QIC — Group Chief Executive Damien Frawley 750,000 F QIC — Executive Director Strategy Clients and Global Markets Leonie Wilkinson 580,000 M Ports North CEO Chris Boland 356,894 M Gladstone Ports Corp CEO Peter O'Sullivan 593,900 M Gladstone Ports Corp Commerical GM Michael Galt 433,408 M Gladstone Ports Corp Cargo Handling Operations GM Allan Brown 401,011 M Noth Qld Bulk Ports Corp CEO Steven Lewis 449,772 F Port of Townsville CEO Ranee Crosby 361,142 M Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation CEO Mark Peters 550,000 M Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation Deputy CEO Brian Nourse 400,000 M CS Energy — CEO Martin Moore 869,000 M CS Energy — CFO Darren Busine 421,000 M CS Energy — Executive General Manager Operations Mark Moran 457,000 M CS Energy — Executive General Manager Energy Markets David Warman 458,000 M CS Energy — Executive General Manager Peaople and Safety Andrew Varvari 484,000 M Stanwell — CEO Richard Van Breda 834,000 M Stanwell — CFO Michael O'Rourke 444,000 F Stanwell — Executive General Manager Business Services Jenny Gregg 441,000 M Stanwell — Executive General Manager Energy Trading and Commercial Strategy Stephen Quilter 421,000 F Powerlink — CEO Merryn York 865,000 M Powerlink — CFO Darryl Rowell 440,000 M Powerlink — Executive General Manager Infrastructure Delivery and Technical Services Stewart Bell 389,000 M Energy Queensland — CEO David Smales 673,000 M Energy Queensland — Interim CEO/Transition EGM Terry Effeney 700,000 M Energy Queensland — CFO Peter Scott 621,000 F Energy Queensland — COO Distribution Roslyn Baker 368,000 F Sunwater — Chief Executive Nicole Hollows 685,000 593,000 M Qld Treasury Corporation — CEO Philip Noble 1,226,111 M Qld Treasury Corporation — Deputy CEO Grant Bush 1,045,675 M Qld Treasury Corporation — Managing Director Client Advisory Mark Gerard 615,439 M Qld Treasury Corporation — Managing Director Risk and Financial Rupert Hayward 601,013 F Qld Treasury Corporation — Managing Director Corporate Services Jane Keating 563,733