The newest member of the SMART Infrastructure Advisory Council brings a wealth of public policy experience to the table.

Dr Steven Kennedy is Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, and is at the helm of the Australian Government’s infrastructure, transport, regional and cities policy development, program delivery and regulation.

This will include overseeing the Australian Government’s commitment to $75 billion of infrastructure funding and financing over ten years.

A long career in dealing with complex public policy reinforces Dr Kennedy’s view that “good ideas will always be the currency of good government”.

His department is engaged across a wide variety of issues to meet Australia’s changing transport and infrastructure needs.

This includes:

  • major infrastructure projects such as the new Western Sydney Airport and the Inland Rail,
  • providing advice on the optimal approach to infrastructure project selection and financing,
  • addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by rapidly changing transport technologies (including the use of data),
  • and exploring reforms in land transport funding.

Dr Kennedy’s engagement with the SMART Advisory Council will add to the mix of unique experiences around the table to the benefit of the SMART Infrastructure Facility overall.

Before his current appointment, Dr Kennedy served as a Deputy-Secretary in four departments. He also served as the Head of Secretariat of the Garnaut Climate Change Review – Update 2011.

Dr Kennedy previously worked at the Treasury, during which time he was twice seconded to the Prime Minister’s Office.  An economist by training, Dr Kennedy has a keen interest in productivity issues and believes that infrastructure can be a key enabler of productivity growth.

“I hope that my depth of policy experience will ensure that the SMART Advisory Council maintains its reputation as a ‘top table’ for advisers in the infrastructure space,” Dr Kennedy said.