On 1 July 2009 the Department of Transport and Infrastructure was established was established as one of thirteen Principal Departments of the Public Service under the Public Sector Employment and Management (Departmental Amalgamations) Order 2009. All branches of the former Ministry of Transport were aded to the Department of Transport and Infrastructure.
The new principal department had oversight of the following agencies:
Maritime Authority of NSW
Public Transport Ticketing Corporation
Roads and Traffic Authority
State Transit Authority
Sydney Metro Authority
Western Sydney Buses. (3)
The groups of staff in those agencies who were principally involved in any of the following activities were added to the Department of Transport and Infrastructure: strategic transport policy development; planning of networks; co-ordination and planning of integrated transport, timetabling, interchange and ticketing; national transport policy co-ordination and inter-jurisdictional relations; transport modelling and data, including in relation to demography, population geography and land use; central corporate support services, including legal services, human resources, financial services, information technology and payroll; and, major capital projects, including scoping, feasibility studies, procurement and delivery. (4)
The Department also had a co-ordinating role for the following agencies within the Transport portfolio:
Rail Infrastructure Corporation
Newcastle Port Corporation
Port Kembla Port Corporation
Sydney Ports Corporation
Office of Transport Safety Investigations
Independent Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator, and
Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation. (5)
The Department, known as NSW Transport and Infrastructure, was the lead agency of the NSW transport portfolio, with primary responsibility for: transport coordination, transport policy and planning, transport services, and transport infrastructure. (6)
The name of the department was changed to Transport NSW from 1 July 2010. (7)
From 4 April 2011 the name of the department was changed to the Department of Transport [III]. The Department of Transport was one of nine Principal Departments. The Department was responsible to the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Roads and Ports. (8)
From 1 November 2011 major changes were made by the Transport Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (Act No. 41, 2011) to the structure of transport agencies in New South Wales. The Act established Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services. Transport for NSW was established as a corporation with its affairs to be managed and controlled by the Director-General of the Department. The Roads and Maritime Services Division combined the former Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales and the former Maritime Authority of NSW. The Act also established the Transport Service as the employment entity for certain transport staff. (9)
Transport for NSW became responsible for the coordinated planning and delivery of transport services across all modes. Although on 1 November 2011 there was a significant transfer of functions to Transport for NSW the Department of Transport continued to exist. Through it Transport for NSW provided policy advice to the Ministers. Hence annual reports for the Department of Transport may include annual reports of Transport for NSW. (10)
On 24 February 2014 the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002 (Act No.43, 2002) was replaced by the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (Act No. 40, 2013). Under the Constitution Act 1902 (Act No.32, 1902) the Administrative Arrangements Order 2014 was issued to commence on 24 February 2014. The Order abolished all principal departments under the former act however they were re-established with the same name as Departments under Schedule 1 of the Government Sector Employment Act. For all purposes the re-established Department of Transport [III] was the successor and a continuation of the former principal Department. (11) The Government Sector Employment Act replaced the former position of Director General of the Department of Transport with Secretary of the Department of Transport. (12)
1. Public Sector Employment and Management (Departmental Amalgamations) Order 2009 (2009 No 352) cl.33; notified on NSW Legislation website, 27 July 2009.
2. Ibid. cl.33(2); Public Sector Employment and Management (Ministers) Order 2009 (2009 No 468); notified on NSW Legislation website, 14 September 2009.
3. Loc. cit. note 1, cl.35 (1).
4. Ibid., cl.35(2)
5. Department of Transport and Infrastructure website 'About Us - Charter' http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/programs.html (cited 31 March 2010).
6. Department of Transport and Infrastructure website 'About Us - What We Do' http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/whatdo.html (cited 31 March 2010).
7. Transport Administration Amendment Act 2010 (Act No.31, 2010) Sch. 1.2  amending the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002 (Act No.43, 2002) Sch. 1; Commencement Proclamation (2010 No 294); notified on NSW Legislation website, 25 June 2010.
8. Public Sector Employment and Management (Departments) Order (2011 No 184) cl. 44; notified on NSW Legislation website, 4 April 2011.
9. Transport Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (Act No.41, 2011) Schedule 1 amending the Transport Administration Act 1988 (Act No.109, 1988); Commencement Proclamation (2011 No.559), notified NSW Legislation website 28 October 2011.
10. Transport for NSW, Annual Report, 2011-2012, pp.1, 10, 13-14; Transport Administration Act 1988 (Act No.109, 1988), s.3L.
11. Administrative Arrangements Order 2014 (2014 No 11), cls.4 (amending Schedule 1 to Government Sector Emplolyment Act), 7(2), 11(1); notified NSW Legislation Website (2014 No 11), 29 January 2014.
12. Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (Act No.40, 2013), s.23.