Chapter 2: Department Overview

During 2011–12, the Department of Infrastructure and Transport contributed to the wellbeing of all Australians by delivering outputs that supported the following two 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.

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 Secretary

Throughout 2011–12, the Department was accountable to the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and the Hon Catherine King MP, the Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport.

Photo of The Hon Anthony Albanese MP and The Hon Catherine King MP

Executive Team

Photo of 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 and the Executive Management Team, which played pivotal roles in leading the Department. Mike also chaired the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee, which advises and assists the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure.

Lyn O'Connell

In her role as Deputy Secretary, Lyn took responsibility for 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 delivery of the transport security and air transport programs. In 2011–12 he chaired the Audit Committee and the Departmental Consultative Committee.

Organisational Structure

The Department administered $8.1 billion across a number of major business lines, as shown 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 2011–12 Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS), see the reports on performance (chapters 3, 4, and 5).

Figure 2.1 Organisational structure at 30 June 2012

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During 2011–12 the Department 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

The reports on performance in this annual report reflect the outcome and program structure and key performance indicators published in the 2011–12 PBS.

Figure 2.2 Departmental outcome and program structure at 30 June 2012

Outcome Program Division
Outcome 1
Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.
Program 1.1
Infrastructure Investment
Nation Building—Infrastructure Investment
Major Cities Unit
Infrastructure Australia
Outcome 2
An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.
Program 2.1
Transport Security
Office of Transport Security
Office of the Inspector of Transport Security
Program 2.2
Surface Transport
Surface Transport Policy
Program 2.3
Road Safety
Surface Transport Policy
Program 2.4
Air Transport
Aviation and Airports

The Policy and Research Division contributes to the delivery of programs 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4.

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 Australian Government authorities and statutory advisory bodies in the portfolio at 30 June 2012 were:

Other bodies and corporations in the portfolio included:

Five portfolio agencies, including the Department, belong to the General Government Sector. Figure 2.3 shows how they contribute to portfolio outcomes. A complete list of portfolio bodies, including agencies which are outside the General Government Sector, appears at Appendix H.

Figure 2.3 Relationship of portfolio agencies in the General Government Sector at 30 June 2012

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport
The Hon Catherine King MP

Department of Infrastructure and Transport (Infrastructure)

Secretary: Mike Mrdak

Outcome 1: Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in
and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.

Outcome 2: An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport
system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and
safety investigations.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

Chairman: Leo Zussino

Chief Executive Officer: Graham Peachey

Outcome 1: Minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in
Australian waters through ship safety and environment protection regulation
and services and maximise people saved from maritime and aviation
incidents through search and rescue coordination.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

Chief Commissioner: Martin Dolan

Outcome 1: Improved transport safety in Australia including through:
independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety
occurrences; safety data recording, analysis and research; and fostering
safety awareness, knowledge and action.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

Chairman: Dr Allan Hawke

Director of Aviation Safety: John McCormick

Outcome 1: Maximise aviation safety through a regulatory regime, detailed
technical material on safety standards, comprehensive aviation industry
oversight, risk analysis, industry consultation, education and training.

National Transport Commission (NTC)

Chairman: Greg Martin

Chief Executive Officer: Nick Dimopoulos

Outcome 1: Improved transport productivity, efficiency, safety and
environmental performance and regulatory efficiency in Australia through
developing, monitoring and maintaining nationally consistent regulatory and
operational arrangements relating to road, rail and intermodal transport.

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