Program Update – Monday 18 December

Key Points:

  • Communications Portfolio update
  • NT/SA Amalgamation
  • Vision Booster
  • Social Program Review update
  • Mission Delivery Operating Model update

Final A1 Program Update for 2017

This will be our last Australia One Program Update for 2017. We pray you have a joy-filled Christmas and look forward to continuing the journey with you in 2019. Updates will recommence on Monday 22 January 2018.

Communications Portfolio update

The high level structure for the national Communications department has been approved.

In October, our NOUS consulting partners, Australia One Program team members and members from both Territorial Communications teams joined together to form a working group. Key agenda items included:

  • Determining in scope/out of scope functions of the national Communications portfolio
  • Devising a common language to describe communications functions and,
  • Evaluating possible high-level structures for the organisation of the Communications portfolio.

The Australia One Steering Committee has endorsed the working group’s recommendation that the new national Communications department include the following five departments:

  • Media
  • Government Relations
  • Editorial & Publications
  • Fundraising
  • Brand & Marketing

We look forward to providing updates as Heads of Department are recruited in the months ahead.


NT/SA Amalgamation 

On Wednesday January 10 2018, the Northern Territory Region and South Australia Division will officially amalgamate to form the new South Australia/Northern Territory Division.

This will bring with it some important changes.

At a high level some of the key changes include:

  • the incorporation of NT Region leadership representation into the SA/NT Divisional Leadership Team
  • the closure of the NT Regional Board and the forwarding of all board documentation for NT to the SA/NT Property and Finance Board for consideration
  • All board documentation for NT, although decided upon at the SA/NT board, will need to be endorsed by the NT Regional Leadership before it can be considered
  • a consolidation of Business Support resources in NT, leading to a shift in some reporting lines to Business Support teams within the SA/NT Division

Majors Barry and Rosslyn Casey will provide leadership to the amalgamated division. Reflecting on the announcement last week, Major Barry Casey said:

“I am excited about the opportunities this will present to allow us to collectively reach SA/NT one life at a time with the love of Jesus. This will help us share both experience and expertise for even greater impact.”

Support for those impacted and training for those needing to work within the SA/NT frameworks is being offered to members of the team whose roles have and will continue to be impacted by this change.

Vision Booster Campaign

From February 11 to March 18 2018, Salvos throughout the movement will have the opportunity to engage with the National Vision in a six week ‘Living our Vision’ campaign.

An introduction week will be followed by five weeks, each focused on unpacking a line of the National Vision Statement. Members of the Mission Support Team (AUE) and Territorial Mission Resources Department (AUS) have worked together to produce a range of materials for Salvos in all expressions to draw on, including: video clips, sermon outlines, meeting devotionals, children’s lessons and small group materials for teenagers.

At the conclusion of the six weeks, from Sunday 18th March Salvos across Australia will celebrate their commitment to our national vision through a range of activities. Soldiers and Officers will be given the opportunity to renew their covenants, and stories will be shared via

Resources will be available for download late January. A preview pack, featuring samples and descriptions of the booster materials, will be released in the first week of January.

Social Program Review

The initial stages of the Social Program Review have now been completed. The Social Program Review working group recommendations have been endorsed by the Policy Mission Council (PMC).

With this initial work now complete, a more detailed analysis of implementation options and implications is needed and will commence in the new year. Key stakeholders will be engaged during this process.

We will continue to keep you updated as the review progresses.

Mission Delivery Operating Model Update

The journey of implementing the new Mission Delivery Operating Model will commence on January 10th. The model introduces a new way of working at the front line for Local Mission Delivery across The Salvation Army. This guide gives you a quick introduction to how the new model works and who will be engaged.

We look forward to keeping you informed about Local Mission Delivery in 2018.

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 09:32h, 19 December Reply

    The Anglican Church in Australia has seven theological colleges, Moore College in Sydney, Trinity College in Melbourne, St. Barnabus in Adelaide and Wollaston Theological College in Perth to name four.

    The Baptist Church in Australia has three Theological Colleges, Morling College in Sydney, Whitley Baptist College of Victoria and the Victoria Baptist College.

    The Uniting Church in Australia has at least three colleges, United Theological College in North Parramatta (NSW), Pilgrim Theological College in Victoria and the Trinity College in Queensland to name three.

    The Salvation Army has two theological Colleges in Australia. Eva Burrow College, Melbourne Campus and Eva Burrow College, Sydney Campus, which is in the process of forming one college in two locations. This is clearly a step backwards in the growth of The Salvation Army in Australia. Theological Colleges need to be valued as a vital tool in the ministry of the Gospel. The Lord has grown Booth College in Sydney into an amazing treasure for His Kingdom. The Lord has blessed it with wonderful facilities and a great location. The Salvation Army has supported its growth by pouring effort, resources and prayer into it. The Lord has blessed this.

    Recently in a misguided attempt to save money the Salvation Army has gradually withdrawn much of its support and redirected many of its resources into the Melbourne campus. Continuing to go down this path of withdrawing support to the College in Sydney is leaving the College a shell of its former self. The amount of resources, prayers and love which has gone into the growth of the college is coming to nought. Is that God honouring? Is that valuing His treasure? Is that really what God wants or is this a huge waste of money? There are many, many ways to save money. This is not one.

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