Program Update – Monday 12 February

Key Points:

  • Send in your questions – Strategy & Roadmap
  • Vision Booster is underway!
  • A video message from Commissioners Floyd & Tracey Tidd
  • New Interim CFO
  • Area Officer gathering update

Send in your questions – Strategy & Roadmap

As mentioned in last week’s update, on February 28th and March 1st, THQ officers and staff will have an opportunity to attend a Strategy and Roadmap Staff gathering.

A 45 minute presentation from the National Commander and other cabinet members will be followed by a 30 minute Q & A.

Whilst the session will not include any major new announcements, it will focus on the national strategy and provide an update on how the department design roadmap has progressed since it was presented in July.

During the session, all attendees will have an opportunity to ask the National Commander and other panel members questions about the strategy and roadmap. We encourage you to send in questions prior to the event. Please email your questions to the Australia One Inbox. We will select some of the most frequently asked questions for the panel to answer on the day. Any questions that do not get addressed at the gathering will receive a response via the inbox.

Wednesday February 28, Blackburn THQ

10:15am – 11:00am Presentation

11:00am – 11:30am Q & A

(Live stream  at

Thursday March 1, Redfern THQ

10:30am – 11:15am Presentation

11:15am – 11:45am Q&A

(Live stream at

Stay tuned for more information.


Vision Booster is under way! 

The vision booster campaign commenced yesterday, on Sunday 11th February. All resources for the campaign can be accessed at If you require any assistance locating or printing the relevant resources, please email us at or


Wherever you are in The Salvation Army Australia, don’t forget to share photos and stories throughout the campaign. On social media, we encourage you to use the hashtag #livelovefight. A Hashtag – Cheat Sheet is now available for download on the vision booster toolkit.

Covenant Renewal and Vision Commitment

The Vision Booster Campaign will culminate with a National Day of Vision Commitment and Covenant Renewal in Corps on March 18th, and vision commitment morning tea celebrations at our social program centres, divisions and territorial headquarters on March 19th.

To help you prepare for this special occasion, a ‘Vision Commitment & Covenant Renewal – Cheat Sheet’ has been made available for download from the vision booster toolkit.

Vision Commitment Cards

Vision commitment cards will be sent to all corps and centres at the end of the month. There will be no cost to corps or centres, and there is no need to place orders.

Vision commitment cards can also be signed online at:

A video message from Commissioners Floyd & Tracey Tidd 



New interim CFO

Nigel Simonsz has been appointed to the role of Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) following the recent resignation of Wayne Treeby.

Nigel has a long history in senior finance roles. He has advised boards and worked with CEO’s as well as executive teams in organisations across a wide range of industries. Nigel has worked both nationally and internationally.

In his role, Nigel will ensure continuity on the plans and direction already commenced within the finance department. He will work together with the Department Design team to continue the transition to a national finance department. Ross Lamb and Greg Stowe will continue to provide oversight of their respective teams and will be working closely with Nigel and the National Secretary for Business Support, Lt Colonel Stuart Evans.

Nigel will be located in THQ Blackburn, with frequent visits to the Finance teams in Sydney and other regions.

Area Officers at the start of Local Mission Delivery 

On 1-2 February 2018, 33 Area Officers representing NSW/ACT, Qld and Victoria gathered together in Geelong. Throughout 2018, they will be leading the implementation of the new model for Local Mission Delivery that has been driven by a single overriding principle: Holistic, integrated Mission is a defining part of The Salvation Army’s DNA. Divisional Leaders from TAS, SA/NT and WA attended too, as they look towards January 2019.

The new model is designed so that the Army can best serve the needs of the community. It creates new opportunities for collaboration between all Mission expressions and brings together our strengths to deliver integrated, holistic Mission across the country. Moving forward as a single Australia Territory, the Army will care for the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the community, working together as partners in local communities to make a difference in people’s lives.

The February gathering created one of the first opportunities for Area Officers and Divisional Leaders to learn, engage, build relationships and share experiences. In the upcoming months, Area Officers will learn more about the Mission Expressions in their Areas. With the help of each other and a dedicated support team, they are currently in the process of setting up their Area Leadership Teams.  The Area Leadership Teams will represent all Mission Expressions of a community within an Area, and will work together to facilitate and support the delivery of holistic, integrated Mission.

Implementation updates on the new model will be shared progressively in the coming months. In the meantime you may like to listen to Lyn Edge’s “Chat with Bruce and Deb” (Password: Bruce&Deb) about many topics, including Local Mission Delivery.

Keeping Informed

You can keep up to date with the latest Australia One news and information by 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 print a copy of this Program Update by using your internet browser’s print function.

You can also contact us directly through the Australia One email inbox:

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