Program Update – Monday 30 October


Key Points:

  • An invitation to attend THQ Vision briefings with Commissioner Floyd Tidd
  • Vision merchandise is now available for order
  • We take a look at some key terms and phrases used within the Australia One Program


Australia One Update

Living our Vision at THQ

As mentioned in last week’s Australia One Program Update, we’d like to invite all THQ officers, staff and volunteers to attend a special ‘Living our Vision’ briefing, to be held in November and hosted by our National Commander, Commissioner Floyd Tidd.

Commissioner Tidd will host two briefings, one at Redfern AUE THQ on Thursday 23rd November, and the other at Blackburn AUS THQ on Thursday 30th November. During the briefings, Commissioner Tidd will speak about the journey to the new, national Vision Statement.

To ensure that these briefings are easily accessible, we will be live-streaming both events for the benefit of those who can’t attend in person, and will also make the briefings available for download from the Australia One resources website following the events. We’ll share details of how to access the live-stream in coming weeks.

  • THQ Vision Briefing Redfern – Thursday 23rd November 2017, 10:00am – 10:30am (AEDT)
  • THQ Vision Briefing Blackburn – Thursday 30th November 2017, 9.30am – 10:00am (AEDT)

Vision Merchandise

As ‘Leading our Vision’ and ‘Living our Vision’ events are being held across Australia, we’re pleased to announce that a selected range of Vision merchandise is now available for order, completing the ‘Mission, Vision and Values’ set of banners and posters.

Visit if you would like to place an order.

Unpacking A1 Terms

With the many projects underway within the Australia One Program, we see so many terms and phrases being used. This week, we take a look at some of the more commonly used terms, and those that people ask us most to explain. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you’d like to see some other terms unpacked, please send them through to the A1 inbox and we’ll be sure to include them in future updates.

Department Design

When we talk about department design, or the department design phase, we refer to the process of undertaking learn activities, developing nationally aligned business strategic plans and defining requirements for a new, national department (this has sometimes been referred to as the “detailed design phase”).

During the department design phase, we identify all of the actions required to transition the existing departments that are operating under different organisational structures, processes and systems, to a new national department.  It should be noted that, given the lead times associated with implementing some new systems, not all actions will be able to be implemented ahead of the commencement of a single, national Territory on 1 January 2019, and these will need to prioritised based on the impact that these changes will have, as well as the cost implications.

Organisational Structure Implementation and Systems and Process Implementation

Once the department design phase is complete, a department is ready to move into the Organisational Structure Implementation phase, and finally the Systems and Process Implementation phase.

Organisational Structure refers to ‘people’ changes, (the structure of the department, reporting lines, roles etc.), whilst Systems and Process refers to the things those people do, and the systems they use to do them.

Centrally Coordinated

The term ‘centrally coordinated’ applies to roles that provide localised, specialist services and functions to departments, divisions, mission enterprises and other expressions across The Salvation Army.

‘Centrally coordinated’ means that these roles report into the respective national department, whilst providing a specialised role or function geographically located according to the needs of the business.

For example, ‘Division A’ has specialist HR needs, and to meet these needs HR creates a role dedicated to providing this specialised service. Because this specialised service is location specific, the role is located at Division A, but still reports into the national HR department.

Work Stream

In the Australia One Program, the term ‘work stream’ refers to a governance forum established under the Australia One Steering Committee (‘AOSC’) to oversee projects, initiatives and activities being undertaken within a particular field or focus. Currently there are six work streams operating under the AOSC, each chaired by a member of the National Cabinet:

  1. Vision & Strategy: Commissioner Floyd Tidd
  2. Legal, Governance & Policy: Colonel Mark Campbell
  3. Mission Expression: Lt Colonel Lyn Edge
  4. People, Culture & Change: Lt Colonel Kelvin Merrett
  5. Business Support: Lt Colonel Stuart Evans
  6. Communications: Lt Colonel Neil Venables

Keeping Informed

You can keep up to date with the latest Australia One news and information by regularly visiting the Australia One website (, or your monthly edition of OTHERS magazine ( online or in printed copy).

You can also raise any questions you may have with your manager, either at your regular team meeting or outside of those meetings.

You can also contact us directly through the Australia One email inbox: (AUS) (AUE)

You can print a copy of this Program Update by using your internet browser’s print function.

  • Pam Stamos
    Posted at 11:40h, 30 October Reply

    We need to plan for growth not decay. We need to look at ways to recruit more cadets. Yes we need to cut costs, while continuing to grow, but cuts in education, reducing numbers of new qualified well equipped workers will not do this. Booth College in Sydney is an ideal location for the education of newly enrolled cadets because of its closeness to the airport and the city. There is a child care centre and public primary school next door to the college. Savings in transport costs must be huge.

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