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A Friday Note - 1 July 2016

Dear all

After a marathon campaign period, Australians will head to the polls tomorrow to cast their votes in the Federal Election. It truly is a privilege to live in a thriving democracy. Whatever the results may be, our department will continue to work hard with decision makers to ensure we deliver the best facilities and services for our communities.

SAFETY

Your safety is an important part of our work here.  The department has recently sought your views on a departmental wide zero tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol (similar to our rail staff). We hope to report back shortly. We have also sought your views on departmental cars being held to 100 km/hr again as a safety outcome. This has generated considerable debate and we most likely need some more discussion including with expert advice from the Centre for Automotive Safety Research and other safety leaders.

New screens are being installed across the bus fleet to improve safety for drivers:

The works are being arranged by Alan Castree and team. It is imperative that our public transport workers feel safe when they report for duty. This initiative complements recent legislation increasing the penalties for criminals who assault public transport workers.

Still on safety, a new intranet page containing Work Health and Safety Hazard Alerts has now been developed and placed on the WHS Portal.

JULY 1

Several government changes come into effect from today, including the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance reforms and the new structure of heavy vehicle registration charges. Further information can be found via DPTI’s internet home page.

PROJECTS

The Northern Connector Project has been hosting a group of young work experience students this week to assist with the assembly of the main site offices. They’ve shown a keen interest in all tasks assigned and demonstrated full awareness of safety procedures. This type of exchange not only provides valuable employment pathways, it also sets the foundations for future projects by developing the workforce of tomorrow.

NAIDOC WEEK

NAIDOC Week starts around the country from this Sunday to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This department is proud to be involved in a range of activities.

WELL DONE

Last month, the APY Lands Main Access Road Upgrade team attended seven community council meetings to discuss project progress, upcoming activities, employment opportunities and road safety. Thank you to our staff for your hard work and commitment.

Sporting hopes are building with the Rio Olympics now only one month away. Congratulations to all of our athletes who’ve qualified and best of luck to those still waiting to hear whether they’ve been selected. We are all behind you.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan