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A Friday Note - 13 March 2015

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear All


Centred around better engaging with Aboriginal Australians, executives will be participating in two-day cultural respect and cultural safety workshops designed to assist in recognising, understanding and responding to racism, including institutional racism.


A series of events involving a signal box at Dry Creek delayed us getting our trains on track earlier this week.  It’s simply not good enough and I apologise to our customers.  I’m also looking to further engage our customers in our processes and make our operations much more transparent. We have the special events calendar now on the Adelaide Metro website and will have our ongoing rail maintenance schedule up very soon.


With Paul Gelston in place as Chief Operating Officer, the Asset Maintenance functions will now become part of the Asset Management section led by Graeme Brown, who will commence with the department on March 30.  This will ensure that we focus on effectiveness in our strategic planning as well as efficiency in delivery.

John Domino will work within Project Delivery under Luigi Rossi, now confirmed as General Manager.

The transition plan is being updated to reflect amended time frames for transition into the new DPTI structure following discussions in the past week with leaderships team, GMs and Managers. Consultation with you, unions and employee associations will continue around these changes.

For those interested, the DPTI Rejuvenation Consultative Forum was established to facilitate information exchange, open discussion and consultation between employer and employee representatives (which includes applicable unions and employee associations) regarding the departmental Rejuvenation process. Meetings are held fortnightly, with the next scheduled for 20 March 2015.

The filling of Manager positions is continuing and current vacancies can be found on the DPTI careers page.


Change@SouthAustralia will be showcasing the results of two significant 90 Day projects – one being improving road transport for the agriculture industry with collaboration between DPTI, PIRSA and Primary Producers SA to improve heavy vehicle access regulation and identify where further efficiencies can be made.  The event, hosted by the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Erma Ranieri, will be held at the Government Hub, Leigh Street, on Tuesday 7 April, from 10 to 11am.


Well done to Kevin O’Callaghan, Karen Blake and teams from the Lands Titles Office as we commence the rollout of the South Australian Integrated Land Information System (SAILIS) next month replacing a 30-year-old legacy system.  DPTI staff members have been conducting training sessions with more than 2000 business entities using the current system and feedback to date has been extremely positive.


This week Andrew Excell, Rebecca Timmings and teams have been hosting a delegation of some 30 people from many countries at the World Road Association–PIARC meeting and workshop on International Risk Management in Road and Traffic Operations. Presentations were given by a number of staff including Julie Lister and Leigh Dalwood and this provided another opportunity to showcase the good work being done in South Australia. Great work.


Well done to the project team within Information Services that delivered the Sports Vouchers online portal with a search and registration facility for the Office for Recreation and Sport. The end product looks good and is doing its job, delivering on the Premier’s commitment to the community.

Have a good weekend.

Michael Deegan

13 March 2015