Chapter 2: Department Overview

The Department contributed to the wellbeing of all Australians by delivering programmes which 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.

The Department worked on:

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

Outcome and Programme Structure

Figure 2.1 Departmental outcome and programme structure at 30 June 2015

OutcomeProgrammeDivision, Office or UnitMore Information
Outcome 1
Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.
Programme 1.1
Infrastructure Investment
Infrastructure Investment Page 18
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 32
Office of the Inspector of Transport Security Page 32
Programme 2.2
Surface Transport
Surface Transport Policy Page 39
Programme 2.3
Road Safety
Surface Transport Policy Page 44
Programme 2.4
Air Transport
Aviation and Airports Page 48
Western Sydney Unit Page 48
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 62
Local Government and Territories Page 62
Programme 3.2
Local Government
Local Government and Territories Page 70
Outcome 4
Good governance in the Australian territories through the maintenance and improvement of the overarching legislative framework forself-governing territories, and laws and services for non-self-governing territories.
Programme 4.1
Services to Territories
Local Government and Territories Page 76

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

Organisational Structure

The Department administered $8.9 billion across a number of major business lines, as shown in Figure 2.2. The Corporate Services and Policy and Research divisions supported the Department by delivering essential services, advice and research for all programmes.

Figure 2.2 Organisational structure at 30 June 2015

Ministers

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

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

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

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

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

From Left: Deputy Secretary Andrew Wilson, Secretary Mike Mrdak, Deputy Secretary Lyn O'Connell

Mike Mrdak—Secretary

Mike Mrdak led the Department for the sixth consecutive year in its wide range of activities. This includes 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.

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

Mike is a Commissioner of the National Transport Commission. He is also the Australian Government's representative on the Board of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Lyn O'Connell—Deputy Secretary

In her role as Deputy Secretary, Lyn O'Connell was responsibile for delivering the infrastructure investment, surface transport, and road safety programmes and for the policy and research area of the Department. Lyn chaired the Budget 2015 Steering Committee and the Strategic Information Technology and Security Committee.

Andrew Wilson—Deputy Secretary

In his role as Deputy Secretary, Andrew Wilson was responsible for delivering 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.

The Portfolio

This Annual Report focuses on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Information about our portfolio entities can be obtained from their annual reports and websites.

The entities in the portfolio at 30 June 2015 were:

The Commonwealth companies in the portfolio at 30 June 2015 were:

Seven portfolio entities, 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 entities in the General Government Sector at 30 June 2015

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: Stuart Richey AM

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.

Infrastructure Australia

Chief: Mark Birrell

Chief Executive Officer: Philip Davies

Outcome 1: Improve decision-making on matters relating to infrastructure; advise governments and others on matters relating to infrastructure, including better assessment of infrastructure needs and prioritisation of infrastructure projects; and promote best practice infrastructure planning, financing, delivery and operation.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Chairman: Dr Allan Hawke AC

Director of Aviation Safety: Mark Skidmore AM

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: Terry Weber

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

Chair: David Anderson PSM

Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner: 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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Last Updated: 11 December, 2015