Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Transport
Mike took up his appointment as Secretary on 29 June 2009 taking responsibility for managing the Department’s portfolio interests supporting the Federal Government’s nation building infrastructure agenda and national transport reform initiatives in the road, rail, aviation and maritime sectors.
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport provides policy advice, programs and regulation across a wide range of activities, including major infrastructure projects, road and rail, aviation and airports, transport security, maritime, vehicle safety standards and road safety.
Mike is no stranger to the portfolio having begun 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.
His work with the portfolio includes management of international and domestic aviation policy and regulation, the airport sales and regulation program, infrastructure investment, the COAG competition policy reform agenda, rail investment and regulatory reform, maritime policy, emissions, energy and natural resources policy.
Between March 2008 and June 2009, Mike was Deputy Secretary (Governance) with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet with responsibility for government, governance, cabinet secretariat and corporate functions within PM&C.
In 2009 he was the inaugural Commonwealth Coordinator General charged with ensuring the effective implementation of key Commonwealth economic stimulus infrastructure investments.