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Michael Caltabiano, 48 Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Government, Brisbane Civil engineer, James Cook University AS DIRECTOR-GENERAL, Michael Caltabiano leads the Department of Transport and Main Roads with a 2011/12 operating budget of $4.467 billion, capital budget of $3.828 billion, managed assets worth $50.257 billion and 11,188 staff. He was appointed to the role in March. He started his engineering career with the former Department of Main Roads in Queensland in 1985. During this time he gained a master s degree from Notting- ham University, specialising in asphalt technology and implemented changes in Queensland asphalt specifications. Upon moving to the private sector in 1993 he worked across Australia and overseas. He joined Brisbane City Council as an elected representative in 1996 and entered state politics in 2005. As state member for Chatsworth, shadow minister for roads and shadow treasurer he was unsuccess- ful at the 2006 election. He subsequently established his own engineering firm Infrastructure Delivery Australia. "An engineering degree has provided me with the skills to analyse, problem solve and communicate to resolve issues. In my professional career, these skills have been the cornerstone of success," he said. "Influential engineers are no different to other professionals who have influence, the most important skill is to be able to quickly analyse a problem, develop a course of action to resolve the problem and then effectively communicate." Jim Hallion, 57 Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australian Government, Adelaide Civil engineer, University of Adelaide JIM HALLION was appointed chief ex- ecutive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in 2011. As the principal government agency in South Australia, the department delivers specialist policy advice to the premier and ministers, and has overarching responsibility for federal, state and local government relations. "I commenced my working career in engineering positions and moved in to leadership positions which were largely engineering-based," he said. As he moved to departments with less focus on engineering, he still benefitted from a logical and analytical approach to solving complex problems. "The ability to translate technical issues into language that non-technical experts can understand, having a strategic view of the issues at hand, an outstanding communications ability both written and verbal, an understanding of positions that other parties might take along with politi- cal nous are key attributes to a successful and influential career in my view." He is also a member of Infrastructure Australia and chairs its indigenous sub- committee. "Engineering plays a key role in bridging the gap between the economic, social and health outcomes for indigenous Australians and the rest of the Australian community. In particular, engineers offer the opportunity to design and implement infrastructure solutions that will provide the platforms for addressing many of the challenges particularly in remote indig- enous communities in a cost-effective and efficient way." Rod Hook, 65 Chief Executive, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, South Australian government, Adelaide Civil engineer, University of Adelaide THE DEPARTMENT of Planning, Trans- port and Infrastructure has an operating budget of $1.4 billion and an investment program of $1.2 billion for 2011/12. The agency aims to improve public transport in the state and make Adelaide more pedestrian- and cycling-friendly. Rod Hook said that engineers are influential because every project is an op- portunity to contribute to the public realm and wellbeing. "Undoubtedly though, the greatest impact is that my engineering background has provided me with the responsibility and opportunity to deliver a number of high-profile, complex and controversial major projects within South Australia, and to be recognised for that. "My fondest memory over the past year is being able to work with my minister to put everything in place to secure the redevelopment of the wonderful Adelaide Oval. This involved landing arrangements between the two key sports of cricket and football, negotiating the passage of the required legislation through parliament, and bringing together all the required approvals, funding and contracts to enable the works to proceed. "This year saw the birth of my fifth grandchild, and it is an everyday highlight to be sharing the excitement and being involved the second time around with young families, this time as a grandparent." Rod Hook Public Service 65 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 TOP 100 COVER STORY