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A Friday Note - 4 September 2015

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

What a mixed bag we’ve had with the weather. Great days on Sunday and Monday, then back to cold and wet. In fact I think Monday in Adelaide was perfect.


Last week I sought volunteers to assist with some work with Engineering Australia.  The response has been terrific and provides a clear indication from our staff that they want to be involved in much more than just their ‘day’ jobs.  If you’re interested in debating, discussing and consulting on issues relevant to all staff, an opportunity is coming up for staff to represent their business area on the DPTI Consultative Forum. Click here for more information.


Have a look at the information illustrating the DPTI workforce. For those my age and above it is worth checking the superannuation slide.  The 3rd Annual Women in Leadership SA Summit 2015 Key strategies and solutions for enhancing leadership effectiveness and career advancement in a changing environment is being held in late November. Chief Corporate Officer Julienne TePohe is a panel member for the interactive discussion ‘Planning and prioritising to balance work and life’, something that I am passionate about. If you have a keen interest in attending, please contact your section manager.

Nominations for revised Workplace Health Safety & Welfare committees and culture leads to reflect new structures will be sought soon. If you have a passion for safety, wellbeing and culture or want to contribute to across Department initiatives please consider putting your name forward when the time comes.


Our human resources people continue to raise concerns about the impacts of drugs and alcohol on some of our staff.  With over 3000 staff one would expect some issues.  As you may know those of us in rail safety roles under the Rail Safety Act can be subjected to random drug and alcohol testing.  While there are no existing proposals to extend these arrangements beyond rail there have certainly been some cultural changes in rail as a consequence of that legislation.  What are your views on a departmental wide drug and alcohol policy?


We are working closely with the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) to start rolling out training programs for staff.  This training should also mesh with my anti-bullying/harassment campaign and some work our probity advisors on a number of projects are recommending.


The Commonwealth has acted on advice from Infrastructure Australia to benchmark State government agency procurement processes. Fair to say there are opportunities to do better.  The executive and our new portfolio management office will be targeting the timeliness of our procurement processes.  We need to speed these processes to get projects moving more quickly.  Please let me know what you see working well, or suggest areas for improvement.


Construction Engineering

DPTI projects the Marino Rocks Greenway, Keswick Underpass, and the Greenhill Road median safety upgrade were awarded a commendation and a high commendation in the construction engineering category at the recent AIPM SA Chapter Project Management Achievement Awards ceremony. Well done to all staff involved.

Customer service

It’s fantastic to see staff demonstrating our values in their interactions with customers. Policy Officer Sarah McCarthy assisted a customer who had contacted the Minister about a registration issue and was very distressed. Sarah dealt with the customer in a positive and courteous manner and was able to resolve the customer’s issue quickly and effectively. Great effort.


Graham Sibery is leaving the Department today. I would like to thank Graham for his contribution to rail operations and safety and wish him well in the future.

Have a good weekend.

Michael Deegan

Chief Executive