Contact Us

Truly global and proudly local, we've been serving Australia for over 25 years with offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

Get in touch

Our industry specialists will listen to your aspirations and share your story with Australia’s most prestigious organisations. Together, let’s write the next chapter of your career.

See all jobs

Exclusive recruitment partners

Explore the opportunities from a range of organisations that exclusively partner with Robert Walters for their hiring needs.

Learn more

Australia's leading employers trust us to deliver fast, efficient hiring solutions that are tailored to their exact requirements. Browse our range of bespoke services and resources.

Read more

Capability Statement

We offer a range of services that we have perfected over time, yet we embrace all challenges without exception. Share your talent challenges with us and together we will find the solution.

Learn more
About Robert Walters Australia

G'day! For us, recruitment is more than just a job. We understand that behind every opportunity is the chance to make a difference in people's lives.

Learn more

Work for us

Our people are the difference. Hear stories from our people to learn more about a career at Robert Walters Australia

Learn more
Contact Us

Truly global and proudly local, we've been serving Australia for over 25 years with offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

Get in touch

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

About the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

The department’s purpose is to build Queensland’s future workforce through connecting all Queenslanders to learning opportunities, quality training, employment opportunities and by helping small businesses to start and thrive.

Service areas:

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training will deliver the following services in 2023-24.

  • Connecting and supporting Queenslanders with employment programs and services. To increase employment opportunities for all Queenslanders, in particular disadvantaged cohorts, in partnership with industry, employers and communities through the delivery of targeted employment support programs.
  • Connecting Queensland small businesses to grants and support programs.
    To ensure small businesses can seamlessly interact with government and are supported to start, grow, and thrive.
  • Connecting Queenslanders to training and skills programs and initiatives.
    To regulate Queensland apprenticeships and traineeships and facilitate access to and participation in vocational education and training pathways, enabling Queenslanders to gain employment in current and future industries.

About the Director-General role

As Director-General of the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training you will play a significant role in influencing the execution and successful delivery of the Queensland Government objectives for the community that reflect the government’s vision for Queensland and outline our plan to build future prosperity and growth across the state.

Chief executives lead a public service committed to providing the highest standard of impartial, evidence-based advice to their Minister and government in a Westminster-style system.

Accountable to the Premier of Queensland and reporting to the responsible Minister, you will contribute to:

  • Better jobs, better services and better lifestyles for Queenslanders 
  • Lead by setting a strategic vision focused leadership
  • Effect change to transform the implementation of policies, priorities, services or programs of the elected government. 


To organise a confidential conversation, email Samantha Fernando by clicking the button below.

How to apply

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training are committed to inclusive and diverse practices, including recruitment and selection which ensures people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, women, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have equal opportunity to apply and participate.

Candidates who represent diverse backgrounds are encouraged to submit an application.

You are encouraged to reach out Samantha Fernando to request the candidate pack as it contains information to assist with understanding the recruitment and selection process.

To be considered for this role, please provide the following information for assessment of your suitability:

  • your current resume
  • a maximum two page cover letter, including a suitability statement.


Applications need to be submitted by Sunday 10 March 2024, 11:59pm AEST

Why work at the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Your home base will be 1 William Street, it displays fantastic views of Brisbane and surrounding suburbs, including modern facilities designed to support a collaborative, secure and inclusive workspace.

Working for the department offers you a range of benefits and working conditions that will support your work and lifestyle, including but not limited to:

  • flexible work arrangements
  • reasonable adjustment for people with disabilities
  • Public sector superannuation contributions and more


Acknowledgment of Country

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations peoples – give strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations towards creating a better Queensland.

We welcome your application and interest in working for the Queensland Government. We are proud to be the Queensland’s largest and most diverse employer with over 250,000 people, contributing to the delivery of quality essential services in 4000+ locations across the state. 

Ministerial Charter Letter

The Ministerial Charter Letter will be available to candidates in the candidate briefing pack.

Meet your experts

Samantha Fernando

Samantha Fernando

Head of Public Sector, Brisbane

Recently joining Robert Walters, Samantha brings over 14 years of leadership experience in business and recruitment, focusing on Federal, State, and Local Government sectors. With a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and an MBA specialising in leadership, Samantha aims to elevate and align our public sector services with Robert Walters Group's broader service lines, emphasising excellence and innovation.

Throughout her career, Samantha has driven transformative change within governmental organisations, working with clients such as the ATO, Queensland Treasury, and Brisbane City Council. She has also led impactful Executive Coaching/Strategy workshops for entities including the Torres Strait Regional Authority and the NDIA. Samantha's prior success in establishing and leading the Public Sector division at a boutique Executive Search Firm demonstrates her ability to drive positive change and foster innovation.