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A Friday Note - 7 October 2016

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all

A welcome sight with the sun out these past two days. While we hope for blue skies ahead, the catastrophic events of the past week are far from forgotten as the mammoth recovery efforts are underway.

I reiterate the sentiments of the Premier in his message this week acknowledging the humbling efforts of our state public service during the severe storm events and the state-wide blackout.

I would like to thank everyone once again for their hard work and diligence making sure the public remains safe on our roads and infrastructure.

As the rain continued, river banks broke and many people hit the road for the long weekend, our Traffic Management Centre (TMC) worked like a well-oiled machine. The information disseminated on road closures for the whole of the state, including council roads, has been extremely valuable and the ability to find resources in trying circumstances has been amazing.

It highlighted for me, not only the power of our people, but the enormous value in collaboration as everyone worked together to keep traffic moving safely. From our people in the TMC, to Field Services who worked tirelessly and our Customer and Information teams who worked around the clock to get messages out to the public. I also extend thanks to the South Australian Police for their invaluable help in the TMC and on our roads and many others who contributed to the response efforts.

We are seeking to learn from these events and improve our preparedness and response for future events.


National Safe Work Month is here. You are encouraged to consider how we can improve safety in DPTI to assist in reaching our target of zero injuries.

This year the department’s program focuses on sun smart initiatives, drug and alcohol awareness, hydration, fatigue management and mental and physical health.

I urge everyone to get involved in Safe Work Month, as even simple actions can make a huge difference. More in the news below.


Safety goes beyond our physical wellbeing, with our social and emotional wellbeing equally important. Next Monday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and coincides with Mental Health Week – an opportunity for us to acknowledge the importance of mental wellbeing, reflect upon our own mental health and continue to reduce stigma.

The next DPTI Library Lunch ‘n Learn Seminar will provide practical tips on managing mental health in the workplace.


Our thoughts and sympathies are with family, friends and former colleagues of Claudio D’Agostini who sadly passed away this week after a long battle with cancer.

Claudio was one of our traffic signal experts and responsible for many of the huge advances in Adelaide’s traffic signal system and its coordination.

He had a long career with us, starting in March 1966 and retired in 2012. He was a fantastic role model, a great problem solver, a great teacher and a good man. He will be missed.


With the first of the Christmas paraphernalia already in store it means the silly season is fast approaching! It’s a wonderful time of year to take advantage of the slow down and take a well-deserved break to relax and enjoy the summer with friends and family. Now is the time to make sure your leave applications are in and you discuss and arrange contingency plans with your teams for the Christmas period to ensure we are organised so that business is not disrupted when we are running on reduced staff over this time.


Our department successfully moved over to  the state public sector’s new primary payroll system, CHRIS 21, earlier this week, with HR21 Employee and Manager Self-Service solution replacing the CHRIS 5 Kiosk. A number of training and information materials are available to help you get the most out of the new HR21 system.


Our South Road Superway has taken out another accolade this time at the 2016 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) South Australia. DPTI, together with contractors John Holland, GHD, SMEC, Leed Engineering and IBT, won the South Australian excellence award. Congratulations to our people involved in the project. More in the news.

Praise for our bus drivers

A number of humbling tales have emerged from the public praising the amazing efforts of our bus drivers who went above beyond in the midst of the chaos of last Wednesday’s storm. Our buses were jam packed as train and tram services went down and there was a mass exodus of commuters rushing to get home. With traffic lights out and roads gridlocked, our bus drivers displayed initiative picking up stranded people, outstanding customer service to keep spirits high in trying times and expert skills to navigate our roads in difficult conditions. A special thank you to service providers.

Have a good weekend - enjoy the sunshine!

Michael Deegan