Dr Steven Kennedy
Dr Steven Kennedy is the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, a position he has held since 18 September 2017.
Prior to that, Steven was a Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he was responsible for Innovation and Transformation and led work on the Cities Agenda, regulatory reform, public data and digital innovation.
Steven was previously a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; the Department of the Environment; the former Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education; the former Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the Head of Secretariat of the Garnaut Climate Change Review—Update 2011.
Steven has twice been seconded to the Prime Minister's Office from the Treasury, working as the Director of Cabinet and Government Business and a senior economic adviser. Steven held a number of positions at the Treasury including the General Manager of the Infrastructure, Competition and Consumer Division and the Domestic Economy Division. Steven began his career in the public service as a cadet at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Prior to joining the public service, Steven trained and worked as a nurse.
Steven holds a PhD and a Masters in Economics from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.