Jim Betts


Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

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Jim was appointed as Secretary of the  Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure,  Transport Regional Development, Communications  and the Arts in July 2022. Jim Betts has spent over 30 years working in government  agencies in the UK, Victoria and (for the last eight years)  New South Wales. Prior to becoming Secretary, Jim was a partner at strategy  consultancy EY Port Jackson Partners, having previously led the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) as secretary for two and a half years. During that period, the Department undertook transformational reform in areas like land use planning, water, urban design, sustainability, climate change, biodiversity conservation and energy. From 2013 to 2019, Jim was chief executive officer of Infrastructure NSW where he led the development of two State Infrastructure Strategies, oversaw the state’s infrastructure program, delivered major state infrastructure projects and developed a state plan for the construction sector.   


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