Program Update – Monday 17 December

In this Update

  • Final National Transformation Update for 2018
  • From the Territorial Commander
  • Supporting our people into 2019
  • HoD Profiles: Dr. Elli McGavin and Janine Kewming

And more…

Final National Transformation Update for 2018

This will be our last National Transformation Update for 2018. We pray you have a healthy and happy Christmas with your loved ones. We look forward to continuing our journey as an Australia territory with you in 2019.

The next update will be shared on Monday 21 January 2018.

Supporting our People into 2019

From Monday 7 January to Friday 29 March 2019, The Transition Support Team will provide some additional support tools to assist Salvos as we begin our new chapter as the Australia Territory:

  • Transition How-To GuideAll employees and officers can now access a Transition How-To Guide with key information about the Territory, contact information and answers to common operational questions under the Australia Territory, from HR and finance, to property and Chaplaincy.
    Staff based in the former AUE can access the guide from the intranet and staff in the former AUS can access it from the Lotus Notes Bulletin Board.
  • QuestionsIf you don’t know where to go or who to ask regarding any Australia Territory operational enquiry, please send an email to or and the team will promptly seek answers on your behalf. The Australia One mailbox will be monitored during business hours (AEDT) from Monday 7 January to Friday 29 March 2019.

From the Territorial Commander

“What an incredible and uplifting experience with thousands of Salvos coming together, as one national Army at our recent Still Other gathering – all joining in prayer, song and celebration of the new Australia Territory. Over the six days, there were many highlights and it was especially joyful to connect with so many friends from across the nation …”

Click here to read more about the Territorial Commanders reflection on the Still Others Conference…


100 Days of Prayer and Devotion

It is the final weeks of our 100 Days of Prayer and Devotion, with 1 January marking the 100th day. It has been a significant time for Salvos around the country as The Salvation Army has journeyed prayerfully towards becoming one Australia territory. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, shared their thoughts and prayers, and set aside each day to reflect on our national journey.

Contemplating her experience so far, Naty Keung, Divisional Youth & Children’s Ministry Leader Development Specialist – Victoria Division, said “I feel honoured to have been asked to writing about the 100 days campaign. I was constantly being challenged by God about setting time aside to pray, especially when ministries are often busy and chaotic. While writing my thoughts about the prayer, I was able to sit in the presence of God and allow myself to come back to Him, no matter what happens in our life. Our surrender to God enables us to fully trust in what He is going to provide, even though you cannot see it right now.”

To get involved, download the resources via or visit the Still Others Facebook page to follow our daily posts

Chat With Lyn – Watch It Back

Did you miss the Chat with Lyn last Wednesday? You can watch it via

If you have been tuning into Chat with Lyn and have feedback or if you have any suggestions for future live chats in 2019, please send your thoughts to or

Coming Soon…. National Email Addresses

Early in the new year, IT will roll out a standard national email domain for everyone who has a Salvation Army email address:

The roll out will coincide with the launch of new branding guidelines, now that we are the Australia Territory.  More details will be communicated later, but until that time please hold off on ordering any new items that contain email contact information such as business cards.

HoD Profile: Dr Elli McGavin

Meet Dr Elli McGavin, Head of Policy, Research and Social Justice at The Salvation Army

What does your role as Head of Policy, Research and Social Justice involve?
My role as head of the department is to develop the strategic direction for policy and research nationally for The Salvation Army, and promote social justice in Australia. Policy, Research and Social Justice (PRSJ) is essentially a service department and our role is to provide expertise, project support and resources – as well as promote excellence — in policy, research and social justice for The Salvation Army.

I lead a team of exceptional and dedicated people in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Our Policy and Advocacy team is responsible for The Salvation Army’s united voice in key issues that affect those who use our services and matters of social justice. Our Research team works to understand the efficacy of our service delivery and support other areas of our mission portfolio. Finally, our Contract Services and Client Information team manage the contract lifecycle, providing support and review of contract and tender processes and our client data system.

What are you focusing on at the moment?
The PRSJ department officially started on 3 December, however, we are still recruiting for a number of roles. At the moment we are recruiting a General Manager, Policy and Advocacy and hoping to appoint someone shortly. We will also recruit a number of Policy and Advocacy Advisers early in the new year.

What are your priorities for the first quarter of 2019?
We’ll have a strong focus on homelessness and Newstart campaigns from an advocacy perspective, as well as provide support to our major social mission services. We will also be commencing a project to bring our SAMIS data collections together, which is a significant project.

What were you doing before you took on this role?
I was the Policy and Program Development Manager for the former AUS territory. Prior to this, I was a senior educator, project manager and lecturer at Swinburne University. Before Swinburne, I worked across a range of TSA programs and corps appointments.

What do you like about working for The Salvation Army?
The work we do at The Salvation Army is incredibly meaningful. I am grateful to have this opportunity to help to create change in society and be a part of transforming peoples’ lives.

What do you do enjoy doing in your spare time?
When not working, I like to be in my garden or spending time with friends and family.

Is there anything that you would like to say to Salvos around the country at this time?
The team and I are looking forward to working with you to find ways to promote our advocacy campaigns across the organisation. In the new year, we want to involve everyone, from support staff to the Corps, Area Officers and the frontline in the work we do, for example, homelessness advocacy campaigns.

HOD Profile: Janine Kewming

Meet Janine Kewming, Head of Fundraising  

What does the role of Head of Fundraising entail?
My primary role is to raise funds through our campaigns like the Red Shield Appeal, to support the mission, while meeting the expectations and needs of our supporters.

What has brought you to the Army?
I’ve been in the non-for-profit sector for 11ish years, and was with World Vision previously. I’ve always had a keen awareness of how integral the Army is to supporting the Australian community, and one of the key reasons I joined was because of my Christian faith.

Christmas is coming up, is this one of your busiest times?
The Red Shield Appeal and Christmas are our biggest campaigns and we’ve got some really exciting things happening. We’ve partnered with Coca-Cola this Christmas who donated $500,000 to our ‘It Feels Good to Give’ campaign.

 What’s your perfect weekend?
It would have to be by the water, maybe at the beach. Spending time with my husband and kids, relaxing with a movie, cooking dinner, taking the time to catch up and unwind.

What are you most looking forward to in the Australia Territory?
Working as a unified team; breaking down silos and working collaboratively are some of the things I’m excited to see put into action.

 Is there anything you’d like to say to Salvos at this time?
The hard work starts now and there are a lot of big decisions to be made, but I see a lot of positivity and excitement to what the future will bring.

We need to remember, particularly for our supporters, to be good stewards and good leaders, and to hold ourselves accountable. At this time, we should remember our ability to reflect grace and give each other grace and understanding.


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