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A Friday Note - 19 February 2016

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

Last Friday night after work I wandered around the city.  A fantastic upbeat mood with the Fringe Festival and the Chinese New Year celebrations, coupled with some sensational weather saw Rundle Mall and Rundle Street crammed with people having a great time. The number of staff I saw out also enjoying themselves was terrific (enough for a huge staff meeting but maybe not as much fun).

How do we engender more fun into our work space? 

At a major engagement with the construction industry on Monday we were challenged to innovate, build trust and have more fun. We can and should do better for South Australia and neither accept mediocrity from ourselves or industry and challenge the ‘way we have always done things’ approach.

In this vein we are looking for a more integrated program management approach rather than separate planning and delivery models. Our portfolio management office is now giving us lots of your good ideas about how to do things better and the reporting systems have improved out of sight.  This is down to lots of hard work from everyone and we are seeing results and the reporting systems really simplified. Well done to all.

From talking to lots of rail staff during the week it is clear that they too are up to the challenge of improving service by fixing lots of legacy issues. It is always refreshing for the CEO to be told a few facts of life from the coalface and an opportunity for me to explain the vision for a better service to our customers.  I also chatted with our staff in 101 Grenfell Street about the important work they do for the community every day.  All fascinating, but what really excited me was how much they really love coming to work for the services they deliver. Outstanding.


A very warm welcome to our newest Aboriginal trainees who started their 12 month clerical administration with the department this week. Upon successful completion of the trainee requirements they will have the opportunity of an ongoing role within the department.  The principal cultural advisor Joyleen Thomas described the program as a fantastic initiative that sees many graduates going on to do great things in further studies and government.

Sarah Alessi, our first Aboriginal trainee recently graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor in Media majoring in journalism and is now a fully fledged member of our media team. Sarah is proof that our department is full of opportunities and I’m proud of the support we give our trainees to fulfil their potential.

Two of the trainees, Dakota Newchurch and Brenz Saunders (pictured) are settling into their new roles – Dakota with the road and marine assets, and Brenz in my office.


Our strategic development team has partnered with Service SA, the RAA and Adelaide City Council to capture feedback about what would encourage the motorists of Adelaide to switch to public transport. Click here to tell us why you prefer your car over public transport. The survey will be open until 20th March.


Our reform workshops continue to go from strength to strength with hundreds of staff already involved making fantastic progress. Please see these links: Strategic Plan, Quick Wins, projects.

Think big, start small, and move fast is the idea.


We have a terrific opportunity for four staff members to attend either the Dragon Boat National or the World Championship Opening Ceremonies as special VIP guests. There are two spots up for grabs at the National Championships Opening Ceremony on 23rd March at 6.00 pm in West Lakes, and two spots at the World Club Crew Championships Opening Ceremony on 31st March at 6.00 pm in the Adelaide Oval Precinct. Interested?


Government architect Kirsteen Mackay was recently featured in The Advertiser with a focus on new jobs at the Office for Design and Architecture making the team one of the largest of its type in the country. Read more here.


Well done to Simon Howes from our legislative management and reform area, whose quick work on development regulations helped facilitate the early roll out of a fibre broadband network to premises in the Colonel Light Gardens State Heritage precinct.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan