The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs is a contemporary organisation enabling sustainable, vibrant inclusive and confident local communities.
We are committed to:
- Accountable, well-managed, community-focused local governments
- A sustainable racing industry in Queensland
- Policies, programs and services responsive to Queensland’s cultural diversity
- Efficient and effective funding programs promoting vibrant communities
- An engaged and responsive workforce.
Warwick Agnew was appointed as Director-General of the Department in May 2018 following an extensive career and experience in both private and public sectors.
Prior to joining the Department, Warwick was a senior executive in a Queensland Government central agency and has direct experience in social and economic policy issues facing all areas of Queensland.
Throughout his career Warwick has led social and economic infrastructure projects, economic analysis and policy, legislative reform, financial and commercial procurement and corporate finance advisory services.
Most recently Warwick held the position of Deputy Under Treasurer in Queensland Treasury, responsible for commercial, fiscal and economic advice on the state’s economic portfolios and leading Treasury’s role in investment policy and attraction programs to stimulate private sector investment in Queensland.
Warwick’s private sector experience includes commercial project development and senior advisory roles for global companies servicing resources, energy, industrial, infrastructure, property and defence sectors. He has also served on key government boards including Queensland Treasury Corporation Capital Markets Board, the Long-Term Asset Allocation Board and the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority.
Deputy Director-General, Local Government Division
Natalie Wilde has over 18 years’ experience in the public service at both State and Local Government levels. During this time, Natalie has specialised in leading policy and legislation reform in the areas of planning, building, infrastructure and property.
Over the past five years Natalie has held General Manager positions in Property Queensland and in Infrastructure Policy and Planning in the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. In her previous position, Natalie’s key responsibilities included the annual update of the State Infrastructure Plan, monthly reporting on the whole of government capital program and the development and implementation of the Maturing Infrastructure Pipeline Program. Natalie has qualifications in health science and business and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.
Deputy Director-General, Strategy, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
Rebecca Atkinson was appointed Deputy Director-General in July 2019, with responsibility for Racing, Multicultural Affairs and corporate functions. Rebecca has over 20 years’ experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors leading strategy development, corporate governance and policy reform across areas of community and economic development in tourism and major events, and the creative industries.
Most recently, Rebecca held the position of Executive Director, Strategy and Engagement at Arts Queensland, overseeing the Queensland Government’s investment in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors and corporate governance support for the state’s arts statutory bodies and government-owned companies. Prior to this, Rebecca held senior positions at Events Queensland as Manager, Event Development and Brisbane Marketing as Director, Major Events and City Marketing.