Program Update – Monday 22 January

Key Points:

  • Vision Booster Campaign
  • Better Together: Victoria Division launched
  • Welcome to the National Head of Media
  • Eva Burrows College

Vision Booster  – Resources Now Available

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.

A Vision Booster pack is now available and contains: prayer station guides, video clips, sermon outlines, meeting devotionals, children’s lessons and small group materials for teenagers.

To download vision booster resources please head to: 


Better Together: Victoria Division launched

The Victoria Division was launched on Wednesday 10 January 2018. Three divisions (Central Victoria, Eastern Victoria and Western Victoria) were consolidated into one, with State Social Command Victoria progressively joining the Division throughout 2018. From 2019, Victoria will be a completely united Division achieving even greater impact for the Kingdom of God.

The launch marks a significant milestone in the AustraliaOne journey, consolidating three existing Divisions and creating six new areas, headed up by a talented Area Officer team who will implement the new Local Mission Delivery operating model throughout the State.

Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd, alongside Lt. Col. Winsome Merrett, attended the launch of the Victoria Division in Mitcham,  celebrating where we have come from and where we are heading into the future. To view a short highlights package of the launch, please click here.

The official launch of the Victoria Division, coupled with the welcome to the Messengers of the Kingdom session, will be held on Sunday 11 February at the Besen Centre in Burwood, from 3pm. For those who are able to attend, we would love you share and celebrate a significant moment in the history of our Army here in Australia.

To all Officers, staff members, Salvationists and volunteers in Victoria and Salvos right around our nation, we THANK YOU.  Thank you for your interest, prayers and support as we continue to serve and walk alongside others to transform Australia one life at a time with the love of Jesus.

For further information about the VicOne consolidation, please visit our VicOne information page on the AustraliaOne website. If you have any further questions, please drop us an email at:


Bruce and Debra Stevens (Lt. Cols.)

Victoria Divisional Leaders

Welcome to the National Head of Media

Steve Speziale, National Head of Media

This week, we are pleased to announce the appointment of the new National Head of Media, Steve Speziale.

Steve comes to The Salvation Army from a career as a broadcast journalist and executive manager in media with experience as a communications director and an external adviser in the sports and corporate sectors.

The media has dominated his career in a journey from being a cadet journalist in regional Australia to a decade as the National News Director (Radio) at Southern Cross Austereo (SCA). During this period, Steve managed the editorial policy, performance and career progression of a full time and casual staff of more than 70 people.

The SCA role covered audiences from Cairns to Albany and the issues that resonated in country towns to city suburbs. Key to each working day was the goal of creating news services that connect with the information needs and interests of the communities being served.

In the corporate world, Steve provided executive counsel to the chair and executive leadership of Soccer Australia (now Football Federation Australia) and to the owners of privately held businesses in need of guidance in media issues management and brand integrity.

For Steve, this is an opportunity “to take all I’ve learned and experienced and apply it to the benefit of people before profit. The chance to work with The Salvation Army affords me the opportunity to make a greater contribution to our community. It’s a bonus that I can do so in an environment of shared values.”

Steve is looking forward to working with his colleagues towards achieving even greater outcomes for the Salvation Army as a unified Australian territory.

Eva Burrows College

Eva Burrows College has begun its journey as The Salvation Army’s national college in Australia.

The national college exists to support, resource and equip the mission of The Salvation Army in Australia.

Accredited and non-accredited study options are available and there is opportunity to explore mission, theology, leadership and management, community services, financial counselling, chaplaincy and more.

For more information on the education and training options available, please click on the links below.

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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)

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