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Human Resource Management

NQLIRA had one employee during 2018-19, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

NQLIRA was supported by a taskforce hosted within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, funded by an appropriation provided directly to the Department for the establishment and operation of the Agency. Secondees were recruited to the taskforce from a number of Commonwealth agencies (refer to table below) reaching an Average Staffing Level (ASL) of 25 at 30 June 2019. To ensure continuity in delivering outcomes and setting up NQLIRA, 13 secondments were extended and will remain with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet until early 2020.

Secondees and non‑going staff as at 30 June 2019:


Staffing Numbers

Substantive Classification at 30 June 2019

Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM)


Executive Level 2

Clean Energy Regulator


Executive Level 2

Department of Agriculture


SES Band 2, SES Band 1. Executive Level 2 (three), APS 6, APS5

Department of Industry, Innovation & Science


Executive Level 2

Department of Human Services


Executive Level 2

Department of Employment/Jobs


Executive Level 1

Department of Defence


Executive level 1, APS 6

Department of Environment


Executive Level 2

Department of Finance


SES Band 1

Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet


SES Band 1, Executive Level 1, APS 6

Geoscience Australia


Executive Level 2, APS 5

Non – Ongoing Employment Contract


Executive Level 1, APS 6, APS 5 (two)

Employment Arrangements

All secondees remain employees of their home Commonwealth agency. SES officers are employed under the terms of individual determinations made under section 24(1) of the Public Service Act 1999 with their home agencies. All staff, except the CEO, were based in Canberra. Staff will be transitioned to the Agency following the passage of the 2019 – 20 Appropriation Act (No.1) 2019-20.

Note to the Reader

NQLIRA has prepared a determination under section 24(1) of the Public Service Act 1999. This determination provides the terms and conditions of employment for non‑SES employees of the Agency. It was developed as an interim instrument for non‑SES employees until NQLIRA negotiates and implements an Agency Enterprise Agreement. There were no staff employed under this determination during the 2018-19 reporting period.

Capability Development

NQLIRA is committed to the personal and professional development of all secondees. From 2 March to 30 June 2019, secondees had access to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s capability development opportunities. Opportunities included formal training and study, networking events and conferences and a range of in‑house delivered training and information sharing sessions.

Two men standing by a white 4WD with a flat tyre on a dirt road. The man on the left is wearing jeans, shirt and broad-brimmed hat and is carrying the jack. The man on the right is wearing jeans, shirt and broad-brimmed hat and is rolling the spare tyre.
Another day on the road, NW Queensland
All secondees also completed:

  • a range of eLearning modules including Work Health & Safety and Fraud;
  • accredited Introductory and Remote First Aid Training; and
  • accredited 4WD vehicle training.

Work Health and Safety

NQLIRA is committed to providing a safe workplace for all employees. The Agency recognises the importance of its legislative obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to prevent work related injury and illness. For the 2018-19 reporting period, NQLIRA operated within the Work Health and Safety policy and procedures of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

As a part of its commitment to providing a safe working environment, NQLIRA has also:

  • embedded a focus on Work Health and Safety (WHS) in its governance practices, including as a standing agenda in its executive meetings;
  • developed WHS policies, procedures and guidance material relevant to remote and rural travel;
  • promoted the use of health and wellbeing services for secondees through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet employee assistance program;
  • utilised ergonomically appropriate workstation equipment, including sit/stand desks and dual monitors;
  • provided voluntary influenza, Q Fever and tetanus vaccinations; and
  • provided specific WHS training (as detailed above).

From 2 March to 30 June 2019, there were no notifiable incidents that required reporting to Comcare, no directions or notices given to NQLIRA, and no WHS investigations. NQLIRA had no active workers compensation claims as at 30 June 2019.

Executive Remuneration

The Hon. Shane Stone AC QC is employed via a determination made under section 67 of the Public Service Act 1999.

The CEO’s remuneration is independently determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. For more information please see: https://www.remtribunal.gov.au/

Information about remuneration for key management personnel 2018-19.


The Hon. Shane L Stone AC QC

Position title

Chief Executive Officer

Base salary


Short – term benefits


Other benefits and allowances

Post – employment benefits

Superannuation contributions


Other long – term benefits

Long service leave

Other long – term benefits


Termination benefits

Termination benefits

Total remuneration


Note: Figures reported in the table above represent the total remuneration entitlement provided within the 2018‑19 reporting period, between the establishment of NQLIRA and the end of the reporting period (2 March 2019 to 30 June 2019). For further information please refer to Part 2: Financial Statements (Note A: Expenses and Note C: Employee Provisions).

Organisation Structure as at 30 June 2019

Graphical Representation of the Organisational Structure of the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency as at 30 June 2019. Chief Executive Officer and Chairman the Honourable Shane Stone AC QC. Connected by line directly beneath is the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency Taskforce (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet). Connected by line directly to the left of Chief Executive Officer is the NQLIRA Advisory Board including Tracey Hayes, Don Heatley OAM, Greg Campbell, David Galvin and Daryl Quinlivan.

A group of people looking at the camera. They are sitting and standing, wearing corporate attire.
Shane Stone with NQLIRA Taskforce Staff and NQLIRA Advisory Board Members