Long-time Secretary for the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Mike Mrdak AO, is to leave the portfolio after eight years in the position.
Mrdak was appointed in 2009 and during his time oversaw many infrastructure projects such as the duplication of the Pacific and Hume Highways, the Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Rail and the initial Western Sydney Airport project.
He leaves to take up a similar position with the Department of Communication and the Arts.
"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," Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said yesterday
"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.
"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."
It is believed Mrdak's replacement at Infrastructure will be Dr Steven Kennedy, currently Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Transformation at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Minister Chester also announced this week that John Weber and Marlene Kanga would join the board of Airservices Australia, with Weber taking over as Deputy Chairman. Samantha Betzien was also re-appointed for a further three years.