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A Friday note - 1 May 2015

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear All,

Some stunning sunsets this week. Autumn in Adelaide is wonderful.


Given the latest reports on the SE Freeway, officers within the department are continuing to work on the investigation and delivery of many of the 22 options worked up with industry and the community over the last year. It is not just about infrastructure solutions and work is continuing on driver education and training. Please continue to drive safely and with consideration to other road users.

International Workers' Memorial Day was marked in South Australia by an ecumenical service to remember those killed, disabled, injured or made unwell at work. I’d like everyone to take the opportunity to think about what we can do to make sure none of our colleagues make it onto this list. For example, our Marine Safety Officers are trialling a tracking device that always shows the location of staff on the water and can send an alert if the vessel is submerged. Please contact your manager if you have suggestions or email me.

I’ve said before that this department will not tolerate bullying in any form. I’m determined to create a culture in which all of our staff and customers feel safe. Together with all government departments, we’ve joined the White Ribbon workplace accreditation program. This initiative will give all staff the opportunity to do more to ensure women are protected from violence in our community.

A department initiative to prevent fatalities and serious injuries on the road has been shortlisted for an excellence award by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, South Australian Division. The installation of wire rope safety barrier in the median of Main North Road is a first in the state for this type of roadway and aims to prevent head on collisions. The awards dinner is in May so good luck to the team here.


Manager Announcements I am pleased to announce that we have confirmed the first of the managers that will form part of DPTI’s leadership team. Each brings an exciting skills set that will help to shape our rejuvenation journey.

Manager, Media Engagement and Communications – Sam Rodrigues
Manager, Frontline Services – Dino Cappello
Manager, Strategic Development – Frank Primerano (starting 4 May 2015)
Manager, People – David Austin
Manager, Performance Support Services – Erika Aliyev (starting in June)
Manager, Organisation Performance and Development – Rebecca Timmings
Manager, Assurance and Risk – Emma Kokar

Accommodation Plan Consultation
As you will be aware from your section’s Draft Implementation Plan, some teams may be co or re-located to improve efficiencies within the workplace. Proposed accommodation locations are outlined in the draft accommodation plan, which is now subject to consultation. The accommodation team will engage with and guide any team/section that needs to co or re-locate.

Portfolio management office
Projects and procurement have been a very large feature of this department for many years. The executive has been considering how to better manage the considerable issues associated with project delivery governance and moving from tactical procurement to strategic procurement and drive better value for taxpayers. The two are closely related.

We have decided to establish a formal portfolio management office under the direction of Julienne TePohe with three elements: project delivery governance, procurement transformation and a reporting and intelligence element so the outcomes are more transparent to the executive than to date. We have engaged a specialist project governance group to assist us. Kevin O’Callaghan will continue in his role as executive director of the portfolio management committee, Dorothy Nycz will move to head up the procurement transformation and Bill Cagialis/Wayne Buckerfield will manage the reporting and intelligence task. The immediate first task to is to get serious savings out of our procurement functions and much greater visibility across the department of project approvals, budgets and timelines. The role of Director Construction Contracting will also move into this unit. Steve McQuillan will join the portfolio management committee to ensure the considerable property activities of the department on behalf of others are also better managed. This process will commence next Monday.

Draft Implementation Plans
The draft implementation plan for each section was sent to employees for feedback. Managers are considering this feedback and you should expect to see the final Implementation Plan soon. The draft Organisational structure will also be released for comment; this will not contain names or role numbers. Again I reiterate the importance of being involved in the consultation - this is about you and you are best to provide comment.

Road Safety Engineer Jiban Sapkota moved here from Nepal in 2007. His family has been affected by last week’s earthquake. Fortunately they weren’t hurt, however Jiban’s feeling frustrated at not being able to do more to help. He’s shared some of his story as well as information on organisations that are helping. Our thoughts are with Jiban’s family and all those affected by this disaster.

The Office of Recreation and Sport is doing good things to increase the number of women involved in the administration of sport. Its current focus is increasing the number of skilled and experienced women on sport and active recreation boards. This is in line with the direction set by the Premier, who appointed Katrine Hildyard as Parliamentary Secretary with a focus on Women in Sport. This week a Business Meets Sport networking event at Adelaide Town Hall brought together 52 business women and 34 chief executive officers and board directors from sporting and recreation organisations. The feedback from the industry has been extremely positive, with some organisations planning follow up meetings with up to five prospective new board and committee members.

The outback road crew moved quickly to ensure station owners north-west of Hawker were able to sell their cattle. Just after the owners had mustered the herd for sale, a crossing on Lake Torrens Road was taken out by floods. John Badman and Kevin Gange received the call and repaired the crossing in time for the visit by the stock buyers. Very responsive.

From the feedback I get I know there are many staff who consistently display a great work ethic. This week our colleagues at SAPOL wrote to me commending Yolande Gower, a compliance team leader based at Yamba and someone whom I’ve thanked in a previous note. The SAPOL officer said his team greatly appreciated her willingness to work with them and share her expertise on heavy vehicle safety so that everyone’s performance improves: “She is a credit to DPTI and her conduct reflects greatly on your department,” he wrote. This is some very impressive feedback. You’re a great role model Yolande.

A major role of our public transport Passenger Service Assistants is to ensure the safety of our customers. Earlier in the week shift coordinators Patrick McBride and Paul Doherty attended to a young female customer who had fallen on the Adelaide Railway Station concourse. She was injured and having a seizure. The pair acted quickly and professionally to offer first aid and call in the help needed. This is just one of many incidents that our PSAs encounter every day. This team is very much at the coal face of our customer service effort and stories like these show just how valuable they are. The customer’s condition was improving by the time she arrived at hospital. Great work guys.

Have a good weekend.

Michael Deegan