Program Update – Monday 20 November

Key Points:

  • THQ Vision Briefings this month
  • Gender Equity Committee update
  • Mission Delivery Proof of Concepts completed

THQ Vision Briefings

THQ ‘Living Our Vision’ briefings are happening this month:

  • 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)

National Commander, Commissioner Floyd Tidd will host both events and all THQ officers, staff and volunteers are invited to attend.

To ensure that these briefings are easily accessible, we will be live-streaming both events.

To access the live stream, head to:

Nb. This link will not become live until Thursday 23rd November.


Gender Equity Update

On November 10 the first Gender Equity Committee meeting was held.

The committee is comprised of highly skilled individuals from The Salvation Army’s HR, Colleges, Personnel, Mission, Social Justice and Women’s Ministry along with four external professionals who have expertise in diversity.

The committee will prepare recommendations on what The Salvation Army in Australia can do to enable officer women to fulfil their full potential in the Army. As part of this the committee will consider: officer appointment, leadership development, and unconscious bias.

Working groups will be formed to analyse these initiatives and report back to the committee. From mid next year the committee will begin to look at gender equity across all employees in the Army, and from late next year it will examine diversity within the Army.

The goal of this work is to establish a culture of equity in which biblical teaching and Salvation Army theology of women in leadership informs our practice.

The Committee will meet every 4-6 weeks, with an expected 8 meetings per year.

For further information, please contact


Mission Delivery Operating Model

The two Proof of Concepts for the Mission Delivery Operating Model have now been completed.

On 13 November the Australia One team interviewed participating Area Officers Captain Vannessa Garven (Wagga, NSW) and Majors Neil and Sharon Clanfield (Brisbane, Queensland) about their experiences.

We look forward to sharing these video stories with you in an upcoming Australia One Program Update.


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 14:53h, 20 November Reply

    We hear leaders talking about Australia One in such glowing terms but the people I talk to are definitely not echoing those sentiments. Change is good, but change for the sake of change is never good. There are other ways to save money that do not involve reducing influence. The Lord has grown the Salvation Army in Australia over many years. Do not stunt that growth by reducing access points, where people can physically connect. Australia is growing rapidly. We should be ever more available by increasing not reducing.

    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 because of its closeness to the airport and the city. The money saved in transport costs must be huge. Do not throw away such a wonderful, valuable treasure.

    Booth College at Bexley North should be doing all of the Non-residential Cadet training, Staff development courses, courses for Corps Officers wanting to further their studies, Intensives, distance and on-line courses, higher education courses for non-Salvation Army students and Vocational Education programs. In other words, Booth College at Bexley North should provide all higher education and Vocational Education courses other than Full-time residential Salvation Army cadet training.

    I know the decision has been made but I believe that the School for Officer Training (full-time residential) should continue to be both in Melbourne and Sydney.

    Who made the decision to send Higher Education down to Melbourne and why? Booth College in Sydney was doing such a good job and had so many excellent people teaching and servicing theological students alongside the Sydney based cadets. Who made such a decision? Whoever did make the decision to choose Melbourne over Sydney did they first take a good look at what was happening in Sydney or did they just choose Melbourne because that was where everything else is going. Did anyone notice that the college at Bexley North (Sydney) is in a perfect location as far as being close to the city, train station and Airport? Any savings made by having everything in Melbourne will be lost in transport costs and reductions of student numbers.

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