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A Friday Note - 6 February 2015

SAFETY

To date we have focused mainly on road and rail safety in these notes.  Our building construction is also getting a higher profile on safety.  The first major engagement at this higher level is the Adelaide Convention Centre.  We hope to share lessons learnt. 

Well done to all involved in reinforcing safety of the oyster boats and their safety on the Eyre Peninsula.  Safety should also lead to higher productivity.  The safety consultant involved sang the praises of our key staff.

NEW MINISTRY

You would be aware of changes announced by the Premier this week.

REJUVENATION

The Transition Team continues to evolve as necessary to meet the needs of our rejuvenation.  The team captures finance, accommodation, people and our culture expertise and is lead by Meghan Oldfield.  Meghan will lead this flexible and dynamic team to guide staff and leadership through the change management process.

The Transition Team met with the Public Service Association earlier this week.  Feedback received indicates that some staff are concerned about the timeframes for transition and the dissemination of information for consultation.  We continue to work closely with staff representatives on ensuring effective communication and encourage your involvement. With regards to timeframes I am conscious of the timeliness of our deliverables, however it is important that we maintain momentum. Your feedback in this regard is critical to ensure the sustainability and due diligence of the rejuvenation.

Staff have been contacting the Transition Team seeking copies of key documents.  Please note that a dedicated intranet link has been set up to access them.

While Meghan is leading the Transition Team, Sam Rodrigues will be Acting General Manager, Customer Experience, with Alissa Smith Acting as Manager, Media, Engagement and Communications.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Consideration is underway currently for the appointment of this important role.  We have had 43 applications from across the country with a strong field.  More very soon.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

International Women’s Day is about celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. This year the theme is ‘Making it Happen’ aiming to encourage effective action for advancing and recognising women.  DPTI will be participating by hosting its annual debate to highlight the importance of gender diversity on Tuesday, 3 March, 10am – noon, Ngutto ku kuma & Ngutto ku purlaitye (Ground floor, 77 Grenfell). Arrangements will be made to broadcast or record this event for staff in regional areas where possible.

We’re asking for staff who would like to participate as debaters to register their interest and we are also looking for a question/topic for the debate centred around the theme as it relates to DPTI.  Registrations of interest in participating or ideas for the debate topic can be registered here. Further information can be obtained from Billie-Jo Barbara on 8343 2739.

STAFF RECOGNITION

Well done to Jeff Tomopoulos from Customer Experience for his work in negotiating Metrocard sales with the International Cricket Council.  To date Jeff has managed bulk sales with ICC totalling around $125,000.  In addition, he arranged distribution by ICC further reducing costs for the department.

Have a good weekend.

Michael Deegan