Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss appointed ARTC Chair

Media Release

MM039/2018

20 April 2018

Joint release with:

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

Former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has today been appointed Chair of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said Mr Truss would bring experience and energy oversighting the Australian Government owned interstate rail network company.

“As a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Mr Truss was a driving force in the delivery of significant Australian Government infrastructure investments, including the early funding for Inland Rail,” Mr McCormack said.

“Mr Truss brings a wealth of experience to ARTC with knowledge of the complexity in Australia's growing freight and passenger task, leadership in the delivery major infrastructure projects and a strong understanding of regional Australia.”

The Acting Prime Minister thanked Dr Helen Nugent AO and noted that under her leadership, ARTC has delivered significant improvements to the efficiency and competitiveness of Australia's interstate rail network and driven the early stages of the Inland Rail project.

Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said he was looking forward to again working with Mr Truss, who has been appointed to the role for the next three years.

“ARTC manages the nation's interstate network and is responsible for the delivery of the Inland Rail, to which the Australian Government has invested $9.3 billion, including $8.4 billion equity in the 2017–18 Budget,” the Minister said.

Minister Cormann said that with Mr Truss as Chair, ARTC will have a renewed focus on stakeholder engagement and delivery as we work towards construction this year.

“I also thank Dr Nugent for her service and contribution to ARTC. I am looking forward to seeing how Mr Truss can shape the ARTC's ongoing delivery of key rail projects the Australian Government is delivering,” Minister Cormann said.

For more information on ARTC, visit www.artc.com.au.