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A Friday Note - 24 July 2015

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Good afternoon

A huge week for South Australia. National and international leadership by the Government. Planning reform, road pricing reform, driverless cars and Operation Moving Traffic - Adelaide.

Last week our General Managers met with the executive to chart the direction of the department for the coming 12 months. This group agreed there remain significant opportunities for the department to better serve government, the community and industry. It was also recognised that the department has taken considerable steps in the first phase of our rejuvenation program, including road reform, planning reform, legislative reform, Operation Moving traffic Adelaide, significant infrastructure projects, successful delivery of SAILIS – on time and on budget.

There was agreement to continue a best in class commitment to improved safety outcomes, further work on internationalising the department’s work to create more jobs in SA, digital at every opportunity as we continue to streamline our efforts, work with local government for further reform and cut costs to ratepayers.


This week I was extremely proud of how our department led from the front, demonstrating the innovation our government, and our community, is calling for.

Driverless cars
If you missed the extensive press coverage, the first on-road trials of driverless cars in the Southern Hemisphere will be undertaken on the Southern Expressway on 7-8 November. The trials will coincide with an international conference on driverless cars that DPTI is organising to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 5-6 November. The trial and conference presents a fantastic opportunity for South Australia to take the lead nationally and internationally in the development of this new technology. Well done to the Safety Strategy team for leading this work and the conference organisation in conjunction with teams in Traffic Operations, the Legislation area and Communications for launching the initiative in the space of only a few short months.

Coopers has expressed its gratitude for the professional and diligent way in which its $60 million brewery expansion was managed and processed. The expansion includes a new facility to convert barley to malt for the manufacture of beer on-site and is an opportunity for the company to break into global markets, lead agricultural innovation and accelerate growth. The project will create 20 permanent jobs within South Australia and opportunities for future job creation as the brewery grows. Over $35 million will be spent with South Australian businesses involved in the construction of the project, which will take two years and is expected to require up to 85 external contractors plus the benefit of the multiplier effect. Congratulations to the Strategic Assessment and Investment team, including Anita Allen, Jeremy Wood and Laura Kerber.

Operation Moving Traffic
Operation Moving Traffic was launched yesterday with the switching on of 28 travel time signs on arterial roads. The signs give drivers real time information on traffic flows and demonstrate how this department is utilising the latest technology to benefit our customers. The initiative is part of a new effort to get more out of our road network. In the coming months staff will be working with the community to develop smarter and safer ways to more efficiently move people, goods and services on our roads and public transport. Congratulations to the project team led by Andy Excell and Michelle Spagnoletti, including representatives from Traffic Operations and Media, Engagement and Communications.

White Ribbon
Yesterday a commitment ceremony was held demonstrating the department’s aim to achieve White Ribbon accreditation and make a difference in stopping violence against women and provide a workplace in which all staff feel safe, are respected and can thrive. Thank you to Michael Burdett and Lorelle Molde for organising the ceremony and your continued drive towards achieving this goal.


Recruitment across DPTI
To make sure that no ongoing DPTI employee is missing out on vacancies, expressions of interest are being called across the DPTI broadcast exchange prior to external advertising. If you see a role you are interested in please contact the suggested enquiries person in the first instance to discuss your skills, knowledge and experience.

DPTI Rejuvenation Consultative Forum
A reminder about the DPTI Rejuvenation Consultative Forum, which exists 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. The Forum is held each fortnight and the agenda and minutes from each meeting are published online. If you’d like anything raised at the next meeting or would like any more information, please contact your representative.

TVSP EOI register closing 14 August
The current EOI register for TVSPs will close at 5:00pm on 14 August 2015. As we continue to move through the transition process, employees that do not transition to new organisational structures will be considered for other roles across DPTI. Any employee remaining unplaced may be declared excess and will be advised in writing to that effect. Employees declared excess will be considered for vacancies within DPTI and across the South Australian Public Sector and invited to consider voluntary separation with appropriate payments (subject to the applicable enterprise agreement). Once an EOI for a TVSP is registered, the TVSP team will seek endorsement from the respective General Manager. If endorsement is received, the TVSP team will confirm a separation date of either 16 October 2015, 30 October 2015 or 13 November 2015. Please contact the TVSP team with queries regarding TVSPs.


Part of the drive to maximise the outcomes for the state delivered through our projects and programs has included the creation of a Portfolio Management Office. The office will be led by our General Manager, Investment Services, Wayne Buckerfield, with a remit to review projects and programs, to achieve greater value for money, drive innovation and find savings. The PMO will have a strong emphasis on portfolio wide decision making and will ensure increased visibility over project and program outcomes and deliverables.


The South Australian Government’s Women’s Policy, Achieving Women’s Equality, will be formally launched next Thursday. Work was undertaken in each department to support the vision of the policy: that women in South Australia will be able to fully participate in and share the benefits of living in South Australia. To implement this policy, at DPTI we’re developing a diversity strategy, which incorporates a plan to increase the involvement of women in leadership and participation in our organisation. Organisation Performance and Development will be seeking feedback on the draft diversity strategy in September.


A new Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector came into effect on Monday 13 July 2015. The Code sets out the professional standards expected of every employee and applies to everyone employed in the South Australian Public Sector. Please make yourself familiar with the document.


One of our train drivers with 38 years of service, Joe Mammone, is stepping out of the cabin and onto a bike to Pedal for Parkinson’s. He’s riding from Apollo Bay to Victor Harbor in September and his goal is to raise $2,000 to help try and find a cure for the disease. More details can be found on his webpage.


Daniel Cappello is a finalist in the Training and Skills Commission, SA Trainee of the Year, which is awarded for outstanding achievement by a student. Daniel has completed a Jobs4Youth Traineeship at the department and now works as a Maximo Support Officer and is involved in the Youth Communication Platform Team. You can vote for Daniel in the People’s Choice Award.

After my first 12 months in the role of CEO of the department I am heading off for four weeks annual leave early tomorrow morning. Andrew McKeegan will act as CEO. Stuart Moseley will backfill Andrew as Chief Development Officer and Anita Allen will backfill for Stuart as General Manager, Information and Strategy.

Have a good weekend.

Michael Deegan