What is smarter travel @ work?
The smarter travel @ work program helps businesses reduce the number of single occupant car trips used for business and commute travel by providing safer, greener and more active travel options.
Steps for smarter travel @ work
Workplace submits an Expression of Interest to participate
DPTI and the workplace meet to discuss interest in participating.
If the workplace is interested, DPTI will write to the workplace. The workplace confirms their 'expression of interest' by signing and returning the letter from DPTI.
By signing the letter the workplace agrees to be an active participant in smarter travel @ work and to implement suitable travel initiatives identified though the DPTI survey.
DPTI surveys Workplace
DPTI provides a survey template, which is distributed electronically to staff at an agreed time. If electronic distribution is not suitable other options are available and will be discussed.
Survey results outlined to workplace by DPTI
DPTI collates the survey results and presents the key findings back to the workplace. This includes recommendations on initiatives that are likely to be successful.
Workplace wants to participate and identifies initiatives to implement
The workplace then determines which initiatives to deliver. DPTI can assist in scoping, costing and refining initiatives.
The workplace identifies human resources and budget required to implement initiatives.
Workplace joins the network
The workplace can access additional resources to support them through the process of surveying staff and implementing actions. Networking opportunities are also available to participating workplaces.
Workplace implements initiatives
Participating workplaces can apply for a grant through the Department's Community Grants Program. Go to the Grants page http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/communityprograms/community_grants
for more information on the application process, ideas from previous recipients and how to apply for the next round.
DPTI re-surveys Workplace to measure achievements
After the workplace completes its actions or projects, staff are re-surveyed. This second survey is specifically designed to measure success. The survey will provide results on:
- Changes in car use and other modes
- Changes in perception
- Participation in initiatives
- Future opportunities/ideas.
Workplace wants to continue in the program
The workplace has been successful and wishes to continue with the program.
Following the second survey the workplace may decide they wish to continue to deliver initiatives to achieve safer, greener or more active travel. The survey results along with other evidence can be used to identify further opportunities.
Review initiatives, develop new actions and continue to deliver
The workplace continues to participate with less need for DPTI support.
What do I need to do?
Benefits to your workplace
- cost savings (fleet or parking)
- improve health and wellbeing for staff
- contribute to corporate social responsibility or environmental objectives
- reduce risk and staff exposure to road crashes
- relieve parking pressure.
Benefits to employees:
- improve health and fitness
- decrease fuel, parking and vehicle maintenance costs
- avoid the stress of driving
- make better use of commuting time
- improve social networks
- increase time spent outdoors
- contribute to a cleaner environment.
You can get involved by contacting us at DPTI.TravelSmartSA@sa.gov.au
. We will get in touch to discuss the process and how your organisation might benefit. Interested workplaces are then asked to submit an expression of interest to confirm the support of management. As soon as we have this, we'll get to work organising your staff survey.
smarter travel @ work is designed to meet the particular needs of the individual workplace. We survey your staff and profile your workplace and only recommend initiatives that we think will work at your workplace. Your organisation then decides what changes/ideas to implement.
To be eligible to participate in the smarter travel @ work program, workplaces need to return an expression of interest signed by a senior manager to confirm management support. This commits the workplace to undertaking a staff travel survey, based on which we will recommned initiatives for the workplace to consider. The workplace can then choose to implement one or more of these initatives over a period of 12 to 18 months, after which we will re-survey the workplace to evaluate the success of these initiatives.
How much time you need to devote to the smarter travel @ work program will depend on what initiatives and actions your workplace undertakes. Many initiatives, for example publishing intranet guides identifying available transport options, require some work upfront and then require minimal review. Some initiatives such as a carpooling program, may involve long term human resourcing. What you take on, is up to you.
A proportion of the work will be carried out by DPTI. This includes surveying, evaluating, reporting and providing advice on delivering initiatives.
Information for Councils
DPTI works in partnership with Councils to deliver travel behaviour change programs across the State.
Councils are involved in smarter travel @ work in a number of ways:
- provide useful contacts and links to workplaces within their council area
- promote program through Council networks, publications and website
- lead by example - Council itself goes through the process & implements initiatives
- attend meetings with DPTI to visit workplaces.
The potential benefits to Councils to being involved include:
- reducing congestion in local communities
- increasing cycling, walking and use of public transport
- opportunity to assist local businesses and workplaces
- opportunity to work with State Government to achieve Council's strategic goals
- access to grants for councils and workplaces.
To learn more about how your Council can become involved in this program email DPTI.TravelSmartSA@sa.gov.au