Chapter 2: Department Overview
During 2012–13, the Department of Infrastructure and Transport contributed to the wellbeing of all Australians by delivering programs that supported the following two outcomes:
- improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure, and
- 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.
At 30 June 2013, the Department was accountable to the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and the Hon Catherine King MP, Minister for Road Safety.
Anthony Albanese MP
Catherine King MP
Deputy Secretary Andrew Wilson, Deputy Secretary Lyn O'Connell and Secretary Mike Mrdak.
During the year, Mike Mrdak led the Department in its policy development, regulatory reform and program implementation work. Mike chaired the Secretary's Business Meeting and the Executive Management Team, which played pivotal leadership roles in the Department. Mike also chaired the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee, charged with advising and assisting the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure.
Lyn O'Connell—Deputy Secretary
In her role as Deputy Secretary, Lyn O'Connell took responsibility for delivery of the infrastructure investment, surface transport, and road safety programs and chaired the Strategic Information Technology and Security Committee. In the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Lyn was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in national transport reforms.
Andrew Wilson—Deputy Secretary
In his role as Deputy Secretary, Andrew Wilson took responsibility for delivery of transport security, aviation and airports activities and the Department's interests in urban policy. In 2012–13 he chaired the Audit Committee and the Departmental Consultative Committee and was the Department's representative on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority board.
The Department administered $4.2 billion across a number of major business lines, as shown in Figure 2.1. The Corporate Services and Policy and Research divisions supported all business divisions by delivering essential services, advice and research for all programs. For more information about results achieved against performance indicators published in the 2012–13 Portfolio Budget Statements (PB Statements), see the reports on performance (chapters 3, 4, and 5).
Figure 2.1 Organisational structure at 30 June 2013
During 2012–13 the Department dealt with:
- infrastructure planning, investment, infrastructure financing 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 2012–13 PB Statements.
Figure 2.2 Departmental outcome and program structure at 30 June 2013
Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.
Nation Building-Infrastructure Investment
An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.
Office of Transport Security
Office of the Inspector of Transport Security
Surface Transport Policy
Surface Transport Policy
Aviation and Airports
The Policy and Research Division contributes to the delivery of programs 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4.
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 2013 were:
- Airservices Australia www.airservicesaustralia.com
- Australian Maritime Safety Authority www.amsa.gov.au
- Australian Transport Safety Bureau www.atsb.gov.au
- Civil Aviation Safety Authority www.casa.gov.au
- National Transport Commission www.ntc.gov.au, and
- Infrastructure Australia www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au.
Other bodies and corporations in the portfolio included:
- Australian Rail Track Corporation www.artc.com.au, and
- International Air Services Commission www.iasc.gov.au.
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 G.
Figure 2.3 Relationship of portfolio agencies in the General Government Sector at 30 June 2013
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.