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A Friday note - 27 March 2015

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Dear All

A reminder this week that summer is certainly over – cooler mornings and a tease of rain.

With many spending time recreationally on the water, Marine Services are issuing reminders to take care and ensure you’ve got the safety basics covered; check the weather report before heading out (the Friday Note doesn’t count), ensure everyone is aware of both mandatory and voluntary requirements for personal floatation devices and be aware of the potential danger of propellers to any person in the water.

As we work through the transition employees may feel some level of frustration or uncertainty. The way we manage these situations or feelings is important. I take this opportunity to remind you of the Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector which detail our required standards of ethical behaviour to reflect community expectations.

Many are asking if they will need to move or relocate. It depends - in some cases yes, but not all. In the short term most teams will remain where they are and the same reporting lines will apply. However, some teams may be considered for co or re-location to improve efficiencies within the workplace. This will depend on the availability of suitable accommodation and will be considered taking into account the unique needs of each working group, as required. Proposed accommodation changes will be the subject of consultation. The accommodation team continue to work through the strategy needed to best align our people with the work we do.

To date we have received a significant number of applications for the manager roles. This is a healthy reflection that the rejuvenation is being viewed positively and people want to be engaged. Interviews are commencing for the roles that have closed and the advertising process continues for others.  Further Safety and Service Division roles will be posted next week.  Vacancies can be found on the DPTI careers page.

I am delighted to advise that Angelo Lanzilli is taking up my offer for a six month secondment to industry. Angelo will leave Darlington April 9 and embark on this adventure. If you are interested in similar possibilities or are aware of industry players with an interest please let me know.

On Monday Cabinet signed off on the Government’s response to the report of the Expert Panel on Planning Reform, and on Wednesday the response was formally released. This gives us our riding instructions to prepare legislation to establish a new planning system which will deliver: better decisions faster, achieve quality development outcomes, unlock investment in the State economy and better engage communities in planning the future of our cities and regions. Well done to the hardworking team who pulled the response together. Special mention to Sue Rudall, Sharon Wyatt, Paul Stark, Tom Kowalski, Andrew Grear, Nigel Huxtable and Matthew Loader – well done all.

The Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit 2015 was held in Adelaide this week. DPTI sponsored the attendance of several acting section managers. Feedback from attendees is that the summit was empowering and very relevant to the rejuvenation process currently being undertaken by the department. The summit provided an excellent opportunity to network with successful women in leadership roles across government and heard from inspiring speakers including our own Delfina Lanzilli, who spoke about flexible working futures and the work she is leading in this space. 

Next week we say farewell to Jack Turner who joined Public Transport in 1984 as a Communications Engineer. The person who interviewed Jack asked him to ‘stay around’ while he attended to another matter - Jack gave him his word that he would stay for at least three years, and thirty years later, Jack can safely say he’s a man of his word! During his career, Jack has managed the installation of the first on bus/rail magnetic ticketing system in 1986/87, deployed a whole of public transport radio system in 1994, and was a member of the Public Transport Executive that turned patronage around between 2004 and 2010. Most recently Jack has been project director for the Metrocard system, which is also the basis of the Real Time and Fleet Management Systems. Jack’s leadership and contribution to delivering great value to the South Australian community has been greatly appreciated and I wish him well in the future.

Alissa Smith will be leaving the department next week after six years with DPTI to take a role outside government. Alissa started as a media officer with DPLG before moving into the department. Her knowledge, work ethic and leadership skills saw her develop through the media team to lead the Media, Engagement and Communication section through the transition. We wish her well in her future endeavours.

Our work on behalf of other agencies is often not recognised publicly. Well done to client manager Su Rin Tan, from the Office Accommodation Services team. Su Rin was recognised by Mr Len Piro, Chief Executive, Automotive Transformation Task Force, Department of State Development, for her efforts to procure their accommodation. Su Rin was responsible for undertaking the market call, negotiating the leasing deal with the building owner and arranging approvals within a short time frame.

I was pleased to see a letter from Broken Hill MP John Williams to Minister Mullighan, praising the efforts of Adelaide Metro staff. A constituent of Mr Williams asked he pass on thanks for efforts to help the gentleman who lost his wife’s ATM card at Adelaide Railway Station. The gentleman’s wife had been flown to Adelaide and was in a coma. The man was quite distressed and he has thanked operational staff, cleaners and security for their support, “care and consideration”.  The man’s card was found and returned to him.

Well done also to Russell Elston and John Lynne, both have received commendations from our public transport customers for their excellence service. Recognition also needs to go to Passenger Service Assistant Christopher Lennard. Our Passenger Service Assistants have a tough job at times in enforcing safety and standards to improve our public transport network for all customers, the Passenger Service Assistants can bear the brunt of frustrations and those caught doing the wrong thing. Christopher’s efforts around one particular incident were exemplary and are recognised.

Have a good weekend.

Michael Deegan