07 September 2017
Mike Mrdak has been an outstanding Secretary for my Department for more than eight years and I wish him every success in his future role.
Under Mike's professional leadership, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has helped this government deliver infrastructure projects and programs throughout Australia, which have made a difference in people's lives.
A feature of his time in office has been the major improvements to the national land transport network and he was instrumental in developing the government's future infrastructure investment plans for projects such as the Melbourne–Brisbane Inland Rail and Western Sydney Airport.
He has a passion for regional issues and I'm confident his experience with major infrastructure projects will serve him well as the new Secretary for the Department of Communications and the Arts.
I look forward to working with Dr Steven Kennedy, who also has an outstanding record in the public service, as we continue to deliver the government's record $75 billion infrastructure investment.