Department Overview

Under the Administrative Arrangements Order of 18 September 2013 the Department of Infrastructure and Transport was renamed the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. The Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (Regional) was abolished.

The Department retained responsibility for infrastructure and transport, and gained functions relating to regional development, local government and services to territories from Regional. The relevant outcomes relating to these functions were transferred to the Department.

After 18 September 2013, the Department contributed to the wellbeing of all Australians by delivering programmes that supported the following four outcomes.

  • 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.
  • Outcome 3: Strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of regional economies including through facilitating local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and providing grants and financial assistance.
  • Outcome 4: Good governance in the Australian territories through the maintenance and improvement of the overarching legislative framework for self-governing territories, and laws and services for non-self-governing territories.

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

Ministers

From 18 September 2013, the Department was accountable to the Hon. Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, and the Hon. Jamie Briggs MP, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Prior to this the Department was accountable to the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon. Sharon Bird MP, Minister for Road Safety, and the Hon. Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport.

a photograph of The Hon. Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Hon. Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

a photograph of The Hon. Jamie Briggs MP, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Hon. Jamie Briggs MP, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Executive Team

Mike Mrdak—Secretary

a photograph of Deputy Secretaries Lyn O'Connell and Andrew Wilson, with Secretary Mike Mrdak

From left: Deputy Secretaries Lyn O'Connell and Andrew Wilson, with Secretary Mike Mrdak

For the fifth consecutive year Mike Mrdak led the Department in its wide range of activities including policy development, regulatory reform and programme implementation to support the Australian Government's infrastructure agenda, national transport reform initiatives and commitment to people living in our regions.

Mike began his Australian Public Service career in 1988 as a graduate with the then Department of Transport and Communications. He has held a number of senior positions across the portfolio and with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

During the year, Mike oversaw the machinery-of-government changes resulting from the 2013 Federal Election and the appointment of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Mike chaired the Secretary's Business Meeting and the Executive Management Team, which played pivotal leadership roles in the Department; and chaired the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials' Committee, charged with advising and assisting the Transport and Infrastructure Council.

Lyn O'Connell—Deputy Secretary

In her role as Deputy Secretary Lyn took responsibility for delivery of the infrastructure investment, surface transport, and road safety programmes and for the policy and research area of the Department. Lyn also chaired the Budget 2014 Steering Committee and the Strategic Information Technology and Security Committee.

Andrew Wilson—Deputy Secretary

In his role as Deputy Secretary Andrew took responsibility for delivery of the transport security, air transport, local government and services to territories programmes. Andrew also chaired the Audit Committee and the Departmental Consultative Committee and was the Department's representative on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority board.

Organisational Structure

The Department administered $8.7 billion across a number of major business lines as shown in Figure 2.1. The Corporate Services and Policy and Research divisions supported all divisions by delivering essential services, advice and research for all programmes. For more information about the results achieved against performance indicators, see the reports on performance (chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7).

Figure 2.1 Organisational structure at 30 June 2014

During 2013–14 the Department dealt with:

  • infrastructure planning, investment, infrastructure financing and coordination
  • major projects facilitation
  • maritime transport, including shipping
  • land transport
  • transport safety, including investigations
  • transport security
  • civil aviation and airports
  • territories reform and service delivery, and
  • local government and reconstruction programmes.

Outcome and Programme Structure

The reports on performance in this Annual Report reflect the outcome and programme structure and key performance indicators outlined in the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 2013–14 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.

Figure 2.2 Departmental outcome and programme structure at 30 June 2014

Outcome Programme Division More Info
Outcome 1
Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.
Programme 1.1
Infrastructure Investment
Infrastructure Investment
Page 25
Infrastructure Australia Page 27, 113
Outcome 2
An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.
Programme 2.1
Transport Security
Office of Transport Security Page 43
Office of the Inspector of Transport Security Page 43, 47, 50
Programme 2.2
Surface Transport
Surface Transport Policy Page 52
Programme 2.3
Road Safety
Surface Transport Policy Page 61
Programme 2.4
Air Transport
Aviation and Airports Page 68
Western Sydney Unit Page 68, 72
Outcome 3
Strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of regional economies including through facilitating local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and providing grants and financial assistance.
Programme 3.1
Regional Development
Infrastructure Investment Page 83, 84
Local Government and
Territories
Page 83, 84
Programme 3.2
Local Government
Local Government and Territories Page 95
Outcome 4
Good governance in the Australian territories through the maintenance and improvement of the overarching legislative framework for self-governing territories, and laws and services for non-self-governing territories.
Programme 4.1
Services to Territories
Local Government and Territories Page 103

The Policy and Research Division contributes to the delivery of all Programmes.

The Portfolio

This Annual Report focuses on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. It also reports on the activities and performance of Infrastructure Australia (see chapter 7). Information about other portfolio agencies can be obtained from their annual reports and websites.

The Australian Government authorities and statutory advisory bodies in the portfolio at 30 June 2014 were:

Other bodies and corporations in the portfolio included:

Six portfolio agencies, including the Department, belong to the General Government Sector. Figure 2.3 shows how they contribute to portfolio outcomes.

Figure 2.3 Relationship of portfolio agencies in the General Government Sector at 30 June 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
The Hon. Warren Truss MP

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
The Hon. Jamie Briggs MP

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

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.

Outcome 3: Strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of regional economies including through facilitating local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and providing grants and financial assistance.

Outcome 4: Good governance in the Australian territories through the maintenance and improvement of the overarching legislative framework for self-governing territories, and laws and services for non-self-governing territories.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Chairman: Leo Zussino

Acting Chief Executive Officer: Michael Kinley

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

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

Chairman: Dr Allan Hawke AC

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 Capital Authority

Chair: Shelley Penn

Chief Executive Officer: Malcolm Snow

Outcome 1: Manage the strategic planning, promotion and enhancement of Canberra as the National Capital for all Australians through the development and administration of the National Capital Plan, operation of the National Capital Exhibition, delivery of education and awareness programmes, and works to enhance the character of the National Capital.

National Transport Commission

Chairman: David Anderson

Chief Executive Officer: Paul Retter AM

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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