Department Overview

During 2009–10, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government contributed to the wellbeing of all Australians by delivering a range of outputs that supported the following three outcomes.

  1. Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.
  2. An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.
  3. Coordinated community infrastructure and services in rural, regional and local government areas through financial assistance.

In delivering these outcomes the Department provided a range of infrastructure, transport, regional and local government services and information to, and in partnership with, government, industry and the broader community.

The Department operates under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

Minister and Parliamentary Secretaries

Throughout 2009–10, the Department was accountable to:

  • the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government,
  • the Hon Maxine McKew MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, and
  • the Hon Gary Gray AO MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Western and Northern Australia,
portrait of Anthony Albanese portrait of Maxine McKew portrait of Gary Gray
the Hon Anthony Albanese MP the Hon Maxine McKew MP the Hon Gary Gray AO MP

Executive Team

portrait of Mike Mrdak Mike Mrdak-Secretary

Mike Mrdak led the Department in its policy development, regulatory and program implementation work. Mike chaired the Secretary's Business Meeting, the Executive Management Team and the Senior Executive Service Management Team which played pivotal roles in leading the Department. Mike also chaired the Standing Committee on Transport and the Standing Committee on Regional Development which supports the work of the Australian Transport Council and Regional Development Council. These councils comprise Commonwealth, state and territory government ministers.
portrait of Stephanie Foster Stephanie Foster-Deputy Secretary

In her role as Deputy Secretary, Stephanie took responsibility for the delivery of the regional development and local government programs as well as the work of the Policy and Research Division.
portrait of Lynn O'Connell Lyn O'Connell-Deputy Secretary

In her role as Deputy Secretary, Lyn took responsibility for the delivery of the infrastructure investment, surface transport, and road safety programs.
portrait of Andrew Wilson Andrew Wilson-Deputy Secretary

Andrew was appointed Deputy Secretary in January 2010. Andrew took responsibility for the delivery of the transport security and air transport programs.

Organisational structure

The Department administered $8.4 billion across a number of major business lines, as illustrated in Figure 2.1. The Corporate Services and Policy and Research divisions provided support to all business divisions by delivering essential services, advice and research for all programs. For more information about the results achieved against the performance indicators that were published in the 2009–10 Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS), see the reports on performance (chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6).

Figure 2.1 Organisational structure at 30 June 2010

department organisational structure

Following the Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 14 September 2010 the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government became the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, and regional development and local government functions were transferred to the new Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, within the Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio. Along with these functions a commensurate level of staffing and financial resources were also transferred to the new Department.

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport will deal with matters of:

  • infrastructure planning and co-ordination
  • transport safety, including investigations
  • land transport
  • civil aviation and airports
  • transport security
  • maritime transport, including shipping, and
  • major projects facilitation.

Outcome and program structure

There have been no changes to the Department's outcome structure since the 2008–09 annual report. However, from the 2009–10 Budget, all General Government Sector entities are required to report on a program basis. Commonwealth programs deliver benefits, services or transfer payments to individuals, industry/business or the community as a whole and are the primary vehicles for government agencies to achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Figure 2.2 details the Department's outcome and program structure for 2009–10.

The reports on performance in this annual report reflect the outcome and program structure and key performance indicators published in the 2009–10 PBS.

Figure 2.2 Departmental outcome and program structure at 30 June 2010

Departmental outcome and program structure at 30 June 2010

1 Program 1.2 is delivered through work undertaken by the Office of the Infrastructure Coordinator in support of Infrastructure Australia.

The Portfolio

This annual report focuses on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government; it also reports on the activities and performance of Infrastructure Australia (see Chapter 6). Information about other portfolio agencies can be obtained from their annual reports and websites.

The main Commonwealth authorities and statutory advisory bodies in the portfolio at 30 June 2010 were:

Other bodies and corporations in the portfolio included:

Four portfolio agencies, including the Department, belong to the General Government Sector. Figure 2.3 illustrates how these agencies contribute to portfolio outcomes. A complete list of portfolio bodies, including agencies which are outside the General Government Sector, appears at Appendix J.

Figure 2.3 Relationship of portfolio agencies in the General Government Sector at 30 June 2010

Relationship of portfolio agencies

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Last Updated: 24 October, 2014