Anthony Kannis

Director General
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Anthony joined the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage as Director General in February 2022 with more than four decades of experience working in the Western Australian public sector. 

Most recently Anthony was Managing Director of METRONET, and was responsible for delivering one of the State’s most significant public transport infrastructure programs. Working collaboratively across Government, and with industry, Anthony led his team to undertake the initial planning and development of METRONET including maintaining program timeline and budget. He oversaw the creation of a number of complex business cases and the start of construction of multiple METRONET projects.

Anthony has worked across several State Government agencies, mainly focussed on strategic advice to the Government on infrastructure prioritisation and investment, in addition to the general resourcing requirements of public sector agencies. He was instrumental in establishing and operating the Public Private Partnerships Support Unit within Treasury, was appointed to the former WA Planning Commission Infrastructure Coordinating Committee and from 2008 to 2014 served on the Board of Infrastructure Australia.

Anthony is dedicated to building a future for our State supported by a strong economy and well-connected, diverse and affordable places that allow Western Australians to participate in all aspects of their community. His public service career and commitment to transport and infrastructure reform, particularly through METRONET, was acknowledged with the Public Service Medal in the 2022 Australia Day Honours.