David Mackay is the Deputy Secretary for Regional, Cities, and Territories in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, after serving as First Assistant Secretary of Infrastructure Investment Division, and, earlier, of Cities Division. Before joining the Department, David held division and branch head roles across the Australian public sector, in the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Finance (where he was responsible for Budget coordination and policy), and the Department of Health (in health system and funding reform, and in youth mental health and suicide prevention).
Between 2015 and 2017, David accompanied his wife on a DFAT posting to New Zealand. While there, he joined the New Zealand Treasury, and led the division responsible for growth and public services. In this role, he was also a member of the New Zealand Cabinet’s Officials Committee on Economic Growth and Infrastructure. On returning to Australia, David served as a member of the leadership team in McKinsey & Company’s public sector practice.
David is a graduate of the University of Sydney and Monash University, and is an alumnus of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government's Executive Fellows Program.