Ms Pip Spence PSM, Secretary (Acting)
Pip Spence was appointed Acting Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development on 2 September 2019. As Acting Secretary and accountable authority, she is responsible for delivering quality policy advice, programs and regulatory functions to support economic growth through transport, make travel safer, increase transport access, support regional development, local communities and cities, and provide good governance in the territories.
Before being appointed Acting Secretary, Pip was Deputy Secretary responsible for aviation and airports, surface transport policy and portfolio coordination and research.
Before her Deputy Secretary appointment, Pip was Executive Director of the Aviation and Airports Division. She has also held a number of senior leadership roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. In 2013, Pip was awarded a PSM for her outstanding public service and contribution to the Australian community in managing telecommunications regulations reform associated with the National Broadband Network.
Pip is the department’s disability and gender equality champion. She is a member of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) board.