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A Friday Note - 15 April 2016

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

A big thank you to all staff who completed the White Ribbon follow-up survey. The results will be combined with other evidence to assess our suitability to be considered a White Ribbon Workplace.

Our journey doesn’t end there, let’s continue to work together to communicate awareness of our zero tolerance to domestic and family violence and support any staff and their families who are affected. If you or someone you know in the workplace needs support, please refer to the Support for Employees Experiencing Domestic or Family Violence, White Ribbon or Employee Assistance intranet pages.

What’s your vision for DPTI?

Staff who have attended reform workshops have generated some innovative ideas about the future of our department. It is great that so many of us see a bright future for the department and are keen to work together to achieve it.

Enter the Dragon

Veronica Phillips and Debbie Burrows from our planning area thoroughly enjoyed the recent opening ceremony of the Dragon Boat Club Crew World Championships held out front of the Adelaide Oval. Both attended as VIP guests of the department and were treated to a colourful display that showcased what is best about our state.

ADVI Summit

Registrations are now open for the 2016 Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Summit. Click here for more information, and here to register.

Mobile Eftpos improvements

Ticketing machines on trains enable our customers to top up on the move, and now thanks to upgrades to mobile Eftpos antennas there are less black spots and less cancelled transactions.


Vehicle Operations Team

Minister for Investment & Trade, Martin Hamilton Smith wrote to tell me how impressed he was with the work of Eddy Langmair and his team following a visit to our vehicle operations office at Regency Park. The Minister praised the team for protecting the community from unroadworthy and stolen vehicles. Well done.

Anthony Kalogerinis
Well done to passenger service assistant Anthony Kalogerinis for helping an elderly and unwell bus passenger get from the info centre to her stop and onto a bus.

Taxi and Chauffeur Vehicle Industry Reform
Thanks to Karl Mortimer and Danielle Mansour for their great work in supporting the Review Panel and helping to get the important information about changes to the taxi and chauffeur vehicle industry out to industry and customers.

Planning Reform
The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015 has now passed both Houses of the SA Parliament, paving the way for work to really ramp up on implementing the reforms that were recommended by the Expert Panel on Planning Reform. Congratulations to the team on reaching an essential and significant milestone.

Frontline Services
Ben Dillon and Julie Whitehead from our frontline services area helped to teach a group of people with social or intellectual challenges about public transport with a view to helping them to prepare for independent living. Outstanding service to our customers.

Rail Staff
I want to acknowledge the efforts of Moragh Kennedy and her team during the fire incident at the Casino kitchen last Sunday and the actions of my rail staff in other recent emergencies. Their swift actions recently saved the life of a member of the public during a medical episode. Sincere thanks.

Major Projects
Terrific to see so many staff working together to get important messages out to the public about our major projects. Scott Wagenfeller from our IT area used his expertise to ensure videos for Torrens to Torrens were available to the public, and our social media team also post regular updates over the weekend.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan