Department Overview

During 2010–11, the Department of Infrastructure and Transport contributed to the wellbeing of all Australians by delivering a range of outputs that supported the following two outcomes[1].

  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.

In delivering these outcomes the Department provided a range of infrastructure and transport 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

Anthony Albanese MP Catherine King MP
Gary Gray MP Maxine McKew MP

Throughout 2010–11, the Department was accountable to the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. From 14 September 2010, the Hon Catherine King MP, was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport.

From 1 July to 14 September 2010, the Minister was assisted by the Hon Gary Gray AO MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Western and Northern Australia, and the Hon Maxine McKew MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Executive Team

The Department's Executive Team: (from left) Deputy Secretary Andrew Wilson, Deputy Secretary Lyn O'Connell and Secretary 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, which supports the work of the Australian Transport Council. This council comprises Commonwealth, state and territory government ministers.

Lyn O'Connell

In her role as Deputy Secretary, Lyn took responsibility for the delivery of the infrastructure investment, surface transport, and road safety programs and chaired the Strategic Information Technology and Security Committee.

Andrew Wilson

In his role as Deputy Secretary, Andrew took responsibility for the delivery of the transport security and air transport programs and chaired the Audit Committee from 14 September 2010 and the Departmental Consultative Committee.

Organistational Structure

The Department administered $4.1 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 2010–11 Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS), see the reports on performance (chapters 3, 4, and 5).

Figure 2.1 Organisational structure at 30 June 2011

Organisational structure at 30 June 2011

Following the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) of 14 September 2010, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government became the Department of Infrastructure and Transport. The regional development and local government functions transferred to the new Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government (DRARDLG), within the portfolio of Prime Minister and Cabinet. The Jobs Fund-Infrastructure Employment Projects, transferred to DRARDLG after the 14 September 2010 AAO, were transferred back to the Department of Infrastructure and Transport with effect from 9 December 2010. A commensurate level of staffing and financial resources was also transferred to DRARDLG. Financial reporting of expenditure for the transferred functions to 1 October 2010 can be found in the Financial Statements at page 143. Financial reporting of expenditure for the Jobs Fund-Infrastructure Employment Projects for the period 1 October 2010 to 9 December 2010 can be found in the DRARDLG 2010–11 Annual Report. All other reporting for the transferred functions can be found in the DRARDLG 2010–11 Annual Report.

Additionally, the Office of the Commonwealth Coordinator-General, which has a supervisory role for implementation by all jurisdictions and Commonwealth agencies of the infrastructure elements of the Australian Government's Nation Building- Economic Stimulus Plan, was transferred from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

During 2010–11 the Deparment dealt with matters of:

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

Outcome and Program Structure

With the issuing of the 14 September 2010 AAO, the Department reduced its outcomes from three to two. Figure 2.2 details the Department's outcome and program structure for 2010–11.

The reports on performance in this Annual Report reflect the outcome and program structure and key performance indicators published in the 2010–11 PBS and with regard to the AAO of 14 September 2010.

Figure 2.2 Departmental outcome and program structure at 30 June 2011

Departmental outcome and program structure at 30 June 2011

The Portfolio

This Annual Report focuses on the Department of Infrastructure and Transport; it also reports on the activities and performance of Infrastructure Australia (see Chapter 5). 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 2011 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 I.

Figure 2.3 Relationship of portfolio agencies in the General Government Sector at 30 June 2011

Relationship of portfolio agencies in the General Government Sector at 30 June 2011

1 The 2010–11 Portfolio Budget Statements listed a third outcome; Coordinated community infrastructure and services in rural, regional and local government areas through financial assistance. The funding for, and functions of, this outcome were transferred to the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government following the Administrative Arrangements Order of 14 September 2010.

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Last Updated: 29 October, 2014