Ms Clare O’Connor was appointed as Director-General, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships late July 2015. She is committed to improving economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. The state’s commitments to Closing the Gap form a core part of this approach. Her key priorities include developing and strengthening strategic partnerships, both outside and inside Government and across remote, rural, regional and urban Queensland. Ms O’Connor is very proud to be the Government Champion for Cherbourg.
For the past 13 years of her more than 30-year career, Ms O’Connor has been a Senior Executive of the Queensland Government and has led the Policy and Performance Divisions of 5 Queensland Government Agencies during periods of major reform. Ms O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts Public Sector Leadership (Policy).
She has led the policy work on Queensland’s implementation of ‘Closing the Gap’ under national partnership agreements and whole-of-government policy in the areas of land, economics, justice and culture. In 2010, Ms O’Connor worked with the Indigenous Advisory Council to draft the wording for the Statement to amend the Preamble to the Queensland Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians.
Immediately prior to her appointment as Director-General, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Ms O’Connor led Disability Services policy, programs and clinical divisions through transformational change and oversaw an annual investment of $1.5 billion. Her work in this role included policy work on the agreements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland.
As the lead agency in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, our department has a special role in leading and driving significant whole-of-government reforms.
For further information on the department's strategic direction please refer to: