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Mike Mrdak (AO)

Secretary, Department of Communications and the Arts, Australian Government

Mike Mrdak (AO)

Mike Mrdak AO is Secretary, Department of Communications and the Arts, a position he has held since 18 September 2017.

The portfolio has responsibility for broadband and the National Broadband Network (NBN); communications infrastructure; spectrum; communication, broadcasting and media regulation and fostering Australian arts and culture.

Mr Mrdak began his Australian 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 Australian Public Service.

Between June 2009 and September 2017, Mr Mrdak was Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.  His work with the infrastructure and regional development portfolio includes management of infrastructure investment; policy initiatives to increase productivity; security, safety and regulation in road, rail, aviation and maritime transport; regional development; local government; and services to Australia’s territories.

Mr Mrdak was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2016 honours list for his distinguished service to public administration through executive roles in the infrastructure, transport and logistics sector, and through the development of policy reform initiatives.

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