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DPTI Matters - 6 September 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Cultural respect

Our Aboriginal Engagement and Inclusion team recently hosted the Department for Human Services, Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth & Family Services at Flinders St, with the visitors keen to experience the Aboriginal artistic designs reflecting the diversity of our state’s First People and the meeting rooms named after high-achieving Aboriginal leaders.

The rooms carrying the names of significant Aboriginal leaders are part of DPTI’s commitment to reconciliation through integrating and acknowledging Aboriginal culture and are recognised as a benchmark across the Public Sector, not only of respecting Aboriginal diversity but of fostering a culturally safe workplace for Aboriginal staff.

This was a great opportunity to demonstrate how impactful a cultural initiative can be and how recognition has profound flow-on benefits for Aboriginal staff and Non-Aboriginal staff within DPTI.

A group of  16 people in three rows, in front of a room decorated with Indigenous artwork.
Representatives from the Department for Human Services, Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth & Family Services with DPTI staff, at Flinders Street.

E-bike options

DPTI employees who are travelling shorter distances for work can now take advantage of a new range of electric bikes for transport.

This innovation has been brought about following feedback from regular users and expands the bike fleet to include models to suit staff preferences and the needs of different teams.

Traffic congestion and parking challenges can be bypassed by swapping the car for a bike, with the added personal benefits of reducing stress and incorporating fresh air and exercise into the working day. Reducing the number of vehicles on our roads contributes positively to congestion and road safety, and swapping petrol for pedals has environmental benefits, too.

A woman sitting on an electric bike in a park.She is wearing a helmet and there is a number 20 on the side rear of the bike. There are parked cars and shops in the background
Claire Lohmeyer using one of the new electric bikes that are available at various CBD and metropolitan worksites.

Listening well

Listening to clients and delivering great results for our state is always our aim at DPTI, so I congratulate our Regulation Directorate on achieving just that with a recent initiative.

The team has delivered a change that expands the option for used vehicle dealers to register interstate registered motor vehicles without a DPTI identity inspection. This initiative, supported by the Motor Trade Association, will improve business efficiency and reduce cost for the motor vehicle industry, and reduce the number of DPTI inspections and subsequent transactions for Service SA.

This kind of innovation is consistent with the South Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Strategy, and our Department’s drive to improve conditions for doing business in SA and increase efficiency.

R U OK? Day

Two members of DPTI’s Safety Section have been active at the Royal Adelaide Show this week, joining the team at the Suicide Prevention Networks stand.

Policy and Project Coordinator Celeste Peacock and WHS Advisor Shane Jaensch handed out Staying Safe packs to members of the public to help start the R U OK? conversation.

Next Thursday is R U OK? Day, when people across Australia are encouraged to focus their attention on connecting with those around them and starting a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.

We spend a lot of time together at work and have the opportunity to look out for each other and offer support when anyone is doing it tough.

The R U OK? website offers advice on how to start meaningful conversations and follow up on issues people may be facing. I encourage you to think about marking R U OK? Day in your teams, at meetings, with a morning tea or through other events that suit you.

A womand and man at a stand at the Royal Adelaide Show. A banner across the top reads " SA HEALTH SUICIDE PREVENTION NETWORKS". The two people are holding two small green and white packs each.

Step forward

The MetroCard team has delivered some great improvements to the validator arrangements at the Royal Adelaide Show train station this year.

Validator placement has been realigned, with cables now concealed within the structure, meaning customers are no longer required to walk over a raised surface. The change has also doubled the number of validators, which has in turn reduced delay times.

Creating safe environments is important in all that we do and the team did well to identify a potential issue and deliver a positive solution.

A row of four ticket validators up against a marquee wall, with clear ground in front of them. There is an inset photo showing two validators either side of a slightly raised , yellow piece of flooring used to cover cords.
The Show validators before (inset) and after.

Memorial presentation

The T2T Alliance recently had the privilege of presenting a monument recognising the Croydon Church of Christ to Bob Allan, the last surviving member of the church congregation.

The church was acquired as part of the Torrens Road to River Torrens Project.

The memorial consists of the Church of Christ foundation stone together with appropriate wording from representatives of the church adjacent, and incorporates red bricks that were salvaged from the demolition to create a circular paved area with the memorial on one side and a seat on the other.

This was an important mark of respect which will honour a part of local history for decades to come.

A man standing beside a stone monument . There is a lawned area in the background and a church beyond that. A suburban street with parked cars on it is to the right.
Bob Allan at the monument. Photo: Barry Grear

Crash video

DPTI’s Road Safety and Customer, Community and Public Affairs teams have joined with others across Australia to help launch a campaign focusing on the difference between low and high safety rated vehicles in crashes.

Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety undertook a crash test of a 1 star UCSR Suzuki Jimny and a 5 star UCSR VW Tiguan at its Crashlab facility, to highlight the significant difference in the safety of used cars, with comparable age, size and cost.

Six video clips of the resulting footage were provided to DPTI Road Safety and compiled into one video by Customer, Community and Public Affairs for release to local media outlets and publication on the MyLicence website.

DPTI’s video has already featured in the Advertiser online and Brisbane’s Courier Mail and it’s expected to continue making an impact for some time to come. Well done to the teams involved on turning this around under a very tight timeframe.

Friday Flashback

This week’s Friday Flashback shows Adelaide City Council’s transport of choice at its Halifax Street depot back in 1905.

Adelaide City Council teams in their vehicles. They are in a line across the picture. There are about eight carriages, each with teo horses, from the left of the picture then three early model cars and truck to the right. There are old brick buildings, one with a very high chimney in the background.
Photo: Adelaide City Council on Flickr