Margaret Allison has forged a diverse career spanning almost 35 years in the public sector.
Margaret started her public service career as a social worker before moving to the Children’s Court and Department of Family Services, where she was instrumental in making critical policy and legislative reforms in youth justice.
Streamlining government processes and improving service delivery has been a focal point of Margaret’s career. As Director-General of the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care in Sydney, Margaret led the first ever integration of three government administration units, with staff of more than 13,000.
Following her move back to Brisbane, Margaret took up an executive role in the Brisbane City Council overseeing all customer facing services including road and park maintenance, compliance and regulatory services, disaster management, community services and customer services which included the establishment of an award winning 24 hour call centre.
Margaret commenced as Commission Chief Executive of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in January 2010. Under Margaret’s leadership, the PSC delivered a range of key policy and legislative reforms, and developed collaborative partnerships policies and programs to improve performance capability and ethical conduct in the Queensland Public Service.
Margaret now leads the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.
Margaret holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Public Administration.