On March 1, 2013 Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced the appointment of Neil Scales OBE as Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Minister Emerson said that Mr Scales had demonstrated his suitability to the role over the past four months that he was the right person to lead the Department.

“Neil has been acting DG since October 2012 and showed outstanding leadership during the recent floods as the Department worked to re-open roads, re-build bridges and re-connect communities quickly,” Mr Emerson said.

“He understands that the task has only just begun to deliver a significant recovery and resilience program across Queensland.

“Neil will also lead the implementation of Newman Government reforms, including a better public transport network, safer licensing, and the delivery of road and transport projects across Queensland.”