Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

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Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
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Department overview
Formed 3 December 2007
Preceding Department
Dissolved 14 September 2010
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Department executives
  • Mike Taylor, Secretary 2007–2009
  • Mike Mrdak, Secretary 2009-2010

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government was an Australian Government department that existed between December 2007 and September 2010.[1] The Department was established following the change of government at the November 2007 federal election, when the previous Department of Transport and Regional Services gained a third outcome.[2]

Functions[edit]

In an Administrative Arrangements Order made on 3 December 2007, the functions of the department were broadly classified into the following matters:[3]

  • Infrastructure planning and coordination
  • Transport safety, including investigations
  • Land transport
  • Civil aviation and airports
  • Transport security
  • Delivery of regional and rural specific services
  • Maritime transport including shipping
  • Regional development
  • Matters relating to local government
  • Major projects facilitation

Structure[edit]

During its life, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government was accountable to Anthony Albanese as the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government and to Gary Gray and Maxine McKew as parliamentary secretaries.[4] Gray's title varied from the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia (December 2007 to June 2009) to the Parliamentary Secretary for Western and Northern Australia (June 2009 to September 2010).[1] McKew was the Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government between June 2009 and September 2010.[5][6][7]

The Department was headed by a Secretary, initially Mike Taylor, who stood down in March 2009, amid rumours of a falling out with the Rudd Government,[8] and subsequently Mike Mrdak, who took on the role in June 2009.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b CA 9188: The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 18 June 2013 
  2. ^ 2007–08 Annual Report 2008, p. 2.
  3. ^ Administrative Arrangement Order (PDF), Government of Australia, 3 December 2007, archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2013 
  4. ^ 2007–08 Annual Report 2008, p. 20.
  5. ^ 2008–09 Annual Report 2009, p. 8.
  6. ^ 2009–10 Annual Report 2010, p. 10.
  7. ^ 2010–11 Department of Infrastructure and Transport Annual Report 2011, p. 10.
  8. ^ Lewis, Steve (12 March 2009), Howard 'rort scheme' man quitting, The Daily Telegraph, retrieved 5 July 2013 
  9. ^ Keane, Bernard (15 May 2009). "Canberra's new mandarin: meet Mike Mrdak". Crikey. Archived from the original on 18 June 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 

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