Program Update – Monday 27 November

Key Points:

  • THQ Vision Briefing at Blackburn THQ this week
  • VicOne Update
  • Interview with Lt. Col. Simone Robertson, Director of SAID
  • Welcome to new HoDs

THQ Vision Briefing

Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd will lead vision sessions this Thursday 30th November at THQ (Blackburn). Both sessions will be held in the chapel on level 2. All THQ officers, staff and volunteers are invited to attend.

  • 9.30am-10am (AEDT): Special ‘Vision’ chapel service. The Commissioners will give a vision briefing as part of the usual weekly chapel service.
  • 12:30pm-1pm (AEDT): “Lunch and learn” session. This session is for staff who were not able to attend the chapel service. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

Please note that the information shared by the Commissioners in the “Lunch and Learn” will be the same as that shared in the earlier chapel service.

The 9:30am chapel service will be live streamed. To view head to: or

VicOne Update

The transitional structure for the Victoria Division is now finalised. This structure will help ensure that the Victoria Division will operative effectively as one division from 10 January 2018.

The latest #VicOneTSA fact sheet provides information regarding the Victoria Division consolidation including:

  • Final Victoria Division transitional structures;
  • Consolidation of Youth and Children’s Ministries activities;
  • Consolidation of Administration functions;
  • New reporting lines for Corps-based Social/ Doorways;
  • Transition of Public Relations and Fundraising Teams to the existing Territorial department; and
  • Key implementation dates including that for the last Divisional Finance Board

Download the fact sheet here.

As part of the changes to the Victoria Division, we will be saying farewell to some members for the existing divisional teams. We take this opportunity to thank them for their service and wish them all the best in their new appointment or new chapter in their career.

Please note that this transitional structure does not include reference to State Social Command Victoria (SSCV). SSCV will gradually transition into the Victoria Division structure throughout 2018.

We will continue to keep you informed. Please direct all queries about VicOneTSA via email to:

Thank you for all you continue to do to live, love and fight alongside others to transform Australia one life at a time!


Bruce and Debra Stevens (Lieut. Colonels)

Victoria State Leaders

Interview with the Director of SAID

This week, A1 Communications Team member Claire Hill sat down with Lieutenant Colonel Simone Robertson, Director of The Salvation Army International Development (SAID) to hear about SAID’s journey towards becoming a national department.

CH: Simone, two years ago you were appointed to be the Director of Salvation Army International Development (SAID). Can you remember how you felt when you received the news?

SR: I felt honoured, daunted, humbled and excited.

CH: You were not in the appointment for long when it was announced that we would begin a journey towards becoming a united national territory…

SR: Yes, I was three months into my role. With SAID being one of the earlier departments to go through the transition process, I thought: ‘Wow, how do we navigate this?!’ For me, it was also exciting because I felt it was the right thing, a logical move.

CH: It sounds like there was a lot of change taking place all at once.

SR: Yes, around the same time we were responding to the directive from International Headquarters that every territory around the world would phase out individual child sponsorship.

Unfortunately, there has been a misconception that this change took place as a result of Australia One.

I think that was like a double whammy for some of our team members, especiallythe child sponsorship team. I really felt for them.

CH: I know you’re someone who cares deeply about people. How have you tried to support your team through this transition?     

SR: Being open and transparent is important to me, so I have tried really hard to live this out through our transition. There are times when things have to be kept confidential but I don’t keep secrets unnecessarily. I’ve tried to come alongside people, being as transparent as I can, including people as much as possible.

CH: Do you have any advice for team members or leaders who are yet to go through the department design phase?

SR: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t just assume. Don’t make stories up. One of my experiences is that stories have been told about SAID that are not true. There have been assumptions made about how jobs have been filled, about child sponsorship, about how SAID was named. It’s damaging and quite unnecessary. Don’t contribute to the rumours. Instead, check the facts and help create a positive culture.

CH: 1+1 = New. In what ways does this describe where SAID finds itself today?

Hmm – Our situation is a little unique in that it was not two like for like departments going through the process.

But 5 months after becoming national I would certainly say that we are seeing the “New”. There are new things happening because of all the learning we have done and we are operating in a new way. We have a much broader perspective because we have a national perspective.  An exciting, practical tool is that we now have a national website. We’d love for people to check it out at:

SR: What other benefits do you see coming from SAID being national?

A united voice. This is especially powerful and important when we are working with our peak body (Australian Council For International Development), and with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They just see us as ‘The Salvation Army’ anyway so it reduces confusion and makes sense. It means our accreditation will become national. And it makes it a lot simpler when we are dealing with our implementing territories too. Being national also helps with government funding.

CH: One last question Simone – which part of the national vision statement excites you most today?

Alongside others. That is what our department does – whether it’s our partnering territories, communities that have need or other departments. It is that picture of coming alongside, partnership, not lording it over, not a colonial rescue approach. We are better together.

Introduction to new Heads of Department

This week, we are pleased to announce the appointment of two new national heads of department.

Dr Elli McGavin, Head of Policy, Research and Social Justice

Dr Elli McGavin will take on the role of Head of Policy, Research and Social Justice, reporting to the National Secretary for Mission, Lieut. Colonel Lyn Edge.

Elli has a strong commitment to social justice delivered through the work of The Salvation Army. She is excited about the opportunities that Australia One provides to bring together policy, research and advocacy to have a greater impact on the Australian community and all levels of government. Elli has more than 20 years’ experience in a wide range of Salvation Army social services, policy development and education, holding degrees in the Social Sciences, Theology and Education. Elli will commence her new role in January 2018.


Lieutenant Colonel Donna Evans, National Head of Officer Personnel

Lieutenant Colonel Donna Evans has enjoyed various corps appointments, a divisional role, and a five-year term at Booth College. Until early 2017 Donna was serving in the Netherlands and Czech Republic as Territorial Secretary of Education and Training.

Donna is the third Head of Department to form part of the Personnel Portfolio. With this appointment, the design of the new Officer Personnel Department will commence in the new year, in line with the road map. There are no changes in line management at this stage. The Personnel departments in both territories will continue to be led by their respective Territorial Secretary for Personnel.


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 08:36h, 28 November Reply

    I do not understand the closing of the School for Officer Training in Sydney. Both locations, Melbourne and Sydney should remain open to allow for future growth and accessibility. The USA has 4 training locations across the country, located in Georgia, New York, California, and Illinois. I realise USA’s population supports this but Australia will in the future grow to support at least 2 and even more, hopefully one in each state. I once again say that 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, now Eva Burrows College in Sydney, is an ideal location because of its closeness to the airport and City. The money saved in transport costs must be huge. A number of people have commented on the distance of the Melbourne College from the airport and city. The cost of transporting people back and forth, compared to the accessibility of the Bexley North property to the airport and city should have been weighed carefully. These transport costs in Melbourne will continue to be a burden well into the future.

  • Pam Stamos
    Posted at 09:37h, 29 November Reply

    Booth College was a wonderful, beautiful resource which the Lord has blessed with amazing fruit. It has been utterly destroyed by the Australia One Process as they move higher education to Melbourne. Some wonderful people, who have put so much into the Salvation Army and the development of Booth College and its resources have been forced to leave. These people have been lost to the Salvation Army. Their value cannot be overstated, They have helped the growth and development of the Salvation Army in Australia by educating their personnel, officers and future leaders. They have made significant connections to the theological education of the wider church, which is so important to the Salvation Army. Their going is a tragic loss to the Salvation Army, and yet the Australia One process continues.

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