Queensland’s sixth Ombudsman, Mr Phil Clarke, was appointed in December 2010.
The Queensland Ombudsman ensures that all Queenslanders get a fair go in their dealings with government and helps improve decision-making and administrative practices in the public sector.
Mr Clarke brings a wealth of experience to the role, with a career in the public sector that spans more than 25 years. Mr Clarke has served as Director of several TAFE institutes, General Manager in the Department of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations and Executive Director of the Department for Emergency Services.
Before being appointed Ombudsman, Mr Clarke was Acting Director General and Deputy Director General of the Department of Justice and the Attorney-General. During his tenure, he oversaw the establishment of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and widespread reforms to the civil and criminal justice system in Queensland.
Mr Clarke graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 1980 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying). He began his career as a cadet surveyor and worked as a surveyor and manager for various companies before joining TAFE Queensland.
Mr Clarke also holds a Master of Regional Science from the University of Queensland and a Diploma of Teaching (Technical and Further Education) from Griffith University.