Mike Mrdak is Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, a position he has held since June 2009.
Mike began his Australia Public Service career in 1988 as a Graduate with the then Department of Transport and Communications. Since then he has held a number of senior positions across the portfolio and with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Between March 2008 and June 2009 he was Deputy Secretary (Governance), Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. During this time he was appointed Commonwealth Coordinator-General with responsibility for ensuring the effective implementation of key Commonwealth economic stimulus infrastructure investments.
His work with the infrastructure and transport portfolio includes management of international and domestic aviation policy and regulation, airport sales and regulation, infrastructure and investment, COAG competition policy reform agenda, rail investment and regulatory reform, maritime policy, emissions, and energy and natural resources policy.
In November 2013, Mike received the Federal Government Leader of the Year Award recognising his outstanding leadership and work on major infrastructure projects including the duplication of the Pacific and Hume Highways.
On 1 January 2014 Mike was appointed 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 (FRRR).