Mike Mrdak AO is a pre-eminent infrastructure expert with over 30 years’ of public policy experience. He is currently Chairperson of NEC Australia and New Zealand, co-leading an independent review to rejuvenate Infrastructure Australia, and now an independent external member of the AIFFP Board.
Mr Mrdak was the Secretary of the Department of Communications and The Arts, a position he held from September 2017 to December 2019. He previously held the position of Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development since 2009. Between March 2008 and June 2009 he was Deputy Secretary (Governance), Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. During this time, Mr Mrdak was appointed Commonwealth Coordinator-General. Between March 2005 and March 2008 he was Deputy Secretary, Department of Transport and Regional Services, providing policy advice across major infrastructure projects, transport security, and maritime, vehicle and road safety standards.
In November 2013, Mr Mrdak received the Federal Government Leader of the Year Award recognising his outstanding leadership and work on major infrastructure projects including the duplication of the Pacific and Hume Highways. He was also appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday 2016 honours list for his distinguished service to public administration in transport, logistics and infrastructure investment.10