Dr Linda Colley assumed the new role of Special Commissioner Equity and Diversity in October, 2021. The role focuses on developing strategies and initiatives that promote gender pay equity and support fairness and inclusiveness across the Queensland public sector.

Previously from 2010-2021, Dr Colley was an academic at The University of Queensland and Central Queensland University. Her research focused on public employment across Australia, and particularly on gender equality. Her PhD was a study of Queensland public service employment
from 1859-1999.

Before that, Dr Colley was a Queensland public servant for nearly 20 years. Dr Colley was Chair of the Queensland Work Health and Safety Board from 2017 – 2021.