Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Mike was appointed Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (as it was previously known) on 29 June 2009, taking responsibility for managing the Department's portfolio interests, supporting the Australian Government's infrastructure agenda, national transport reform initiatives in the road, rail, aviation and maritime sectors and commitment to people living in our regions.
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development provides policy advice, programmes 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. The Department also supports a strong and liveable Australia by focusing on regional development and enabling communities to achieve economic and social development.
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 and with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.