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A Friday Note - 9 June 2017

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

More frosty mornings and crisp, clear days. Take it easy on the roads and think of those at Torrens Junction this weekend.


From a staff member, this really simple but effective road safety message from New Zealand: “Merge Like a Zip”. It sounds obvious when you think about it but so many drivers can’t do it successfully. Many drivers come to a complete halt, which poses a needless risk to other drivers.

More on the Merge Like A Zip campaign here.

As of midnight on Thursday, June 8 there had been 32 fatalities on South Australian roads this year.


As a department we are going through a period of significant and continual change. While this has – and will continue to – deliver significant results for industry and community, it can’t be ignored that not everything has gone to plan or been executed as effectively as intended.

We are working hard to rectify issues, learn from these and improve our delivery. We don’t pretend to be perfect, but it is worth noting some of the achievements we have made:

Planning and Development are making tremendous progress with the implementation of the new planning and development system under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act). Recently launched were an updated 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, draft Design Guidelines for residential development and a number of Development Plan Amendments that seek to improve design outcomes in our inner suburbs.

Office for Recreation and Sport continue to work with the people of South Australia, getting them active. I’m particularly excited to see the encouragement of women in sport challenging stigma, stereotypes and bias and breaking down barriers.

Infrastructure Delivery have the biggest workload in a long time and our on time and on budget performance has been excellent, always with daily challenges.

Transport Operations continue to focus on service delivery and are focusing on positive outcomes, operational efficiencies and service delivery improvements for customers.

The Regulation Directorate is working hard on local and national transport reforms – the tireless hours connecting with community and industry are helping us improve safety and service delivery to not only the people of South Australia, but Australia.

Investment Services are busily modernising procurement, simplifying and streamlining our sourcing and contracting processes. I’m pleased to see our Risk and Assurance graduates enjoying their rotational opportunities – the level of enjoyment and two-way learning experienced by them and colleagues proves the program successful.

Customer and Information Services continue to support us in keeping the community up to date and improving our customer facing technology and processes. The recent installation of Adelaide Metro digital kiosks, the implementation of MetroMATE and digital rail notifications supports the SA Government’s “Digital by Default” policy.

The Portfolio Management and Project Offices continue to align us with greater collaboration and improved governance.

The Property Directorate have been working hard taking one approach to SA government accommodation fit outs and our colleagues have much to look forward to if our new floors at 50 Flinders Street are the benchmark.

Architecture and Built Environment have recently updated the Principles of Good Design – how buildings and places can meet the needs of the people who use them and demonstrating the government’s commitment to achieving design excellence in South Australia’s built environment.

Commercial and Legal support the continued drive of autonomous technology and were instrumental in the selection of seven projects to share in $5.6 million from the Future Mobility Lab Fund. We look forward to seeing further projects being announced soon.

Enterprise Information Management have been busily consolidating and presenting data from across DPTI which has proved invaluable for business units and is overseeing the road pricing reforms for South Australia.

Asset Management are challenging the way we do business with safety at the forefront. By regularly presenting on site, the senior leadership team are investing in ways to best ensure our people get home safely and improve productivity.

People and Performance continue to support our business in embedding change. We have seen an improved emphasis on safety with over 700 safety walks conducted since introducing them in February 2016.

A special fond farewell to Michele Doyle from an area of the department under particular pressure at the moment.


This week funding was approved for the grade separation of the Oaklands Rail Crossing. The $174 million project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government, State Government and City of Marion Council and will ease congestion at one of Adelaide’s busiest intersections, create 160 jobs during construction and improve safety by removing a road-rail crossing point. Work is expected to start next year.


Work has started on the Belair line to manage woody weeds and lower the bushfire risk. DPTI Rail Maintenance engaged DEWNR’s Seasonal Fire Management crew to remove olive trees, boneseed bushes and other woody weeds along the rail corridor between Lynton and Belair.

The work will provide an environment more conducive to the regeneration of native flora, but will need follow up weed control.


On Tuesday, all staff were emailed an invitation to attend an information session about the project to modernise DPTI’s  procurement and contracting functions.

After an overwhelming response, both sessions are full, however the June sessions will be recorded and posted on the intranet.


A reminder the next DPTI Lunch ‘n Learn seminar will be on June 20, with the theme “Protective Security – Be Alert, Not Alarmed”.


It was an honour to attend a Ramadan dinner hosted by graduates. Ramadan is a month of fasting, sharing, self-reflection and charity observed by Muslims around the world, as Monira Osman and Amina Sabin shared with the gathering of staff.

Pictured (L/R): Ben Seidel, Anoop Mishra, Michael Deegan, Zeinab Naimi, Paul Gelston, Julienne TePohe, Mohammad Rezaee, Amina Sabin, Monira Osman and Munmun Rupa.


This week’s Flashback Friday photo was provided by Greg Delbridge, Vehicle Standards Officer, Engineering and Standards. It is of a train on Semaphore Road during the 1950s.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan