DPC Onboard is an interactive program that you are required to complete during your first three months of employment. This program will provide you with an overview of our department and the role we play in supporting the Premier and Cabinet to ensure South Australia thrives.
This program consists of two key components:
DPC Onboard online program
Your manager will guide you through DPC Onboard ensuring that each component of the program is completed. As you progress through the program, you will also be required to complete the DPC Onboard Checklist, which your manager will have supplied to you.
You may also work through various parts of the program with your ‘onboard partner’ who has been assigned by your manager as a first point of contact for questions you may have about your new role and work environment.
Once you have completed DPC Onboard you will be required to finalise the DPC Onboard Checklist with your manager and forward a copy to Human Resources.
It is recommended that you work through this program within the timeframes suggested below as this will enable you to progressively learn about our department. This will also help you adjust to your new role and work environment.
At the end of the each section, you will be asked to complete several activities. The answers are contained within this program and will assist in building your knowledge of the services and programs provided by and available within DPC. As you embark upon your career, we encourage you to explore your work environment and regularly meet with your manager to ask any questions about your role. We further suggest that you engage with your onboarding partner and work colleagues who can provide invaluable support during your onboarding. completing dpc onboard
SA Government Strategies
Work Life Balance
Equity and Diversity
Month Three Week Four Week Two
Code of Ethics
Our Future Directions Our Department Our Culture Workplace Orientation Intranet Week One Day One Reference
Organisational information (policies, guidelines, forms)
DPC Wiki and DPC Space – join in group discussion
Staff Directory – internal DPC staff directory
Links to a variety of internal and external websites
The DPC Intranet is an interactive portal where you can view internal information such as: dpc intranet Throughout DPC Onboard you will learn about the DPC Intranet, an important reference tool for you during your employment. The Fast Find Feature contains an updated list of regularly accessed items. The next page will provide you with a useful summary on how to navigate the corporate intranet.
HR site page Corporate intranet menu HR menu A – Z listing of forms navigating the intranet Intranet search function
welcome from the chief executive Welcome to the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Like many people who join DPC, you are most likely here because you want a challenging and rewarding job in South Australia’s lead government agency. Our focus is on driving reform, providing policy direction across the public sector and ensuring that we support the Premier and Ministers and serve the people of South Australia. Attracting the right people is central to making sure we can deliver quality services to our clients. DPC is committed to recruiting, developing and retaining talented people like you who can introduce fresh thinking to the department. We are also dedicated to creating a professionally rewarding environment which gives you the opportunity to prosper and provides you with the flexibility to balance your professional and personal life. I hope you will soon discover that choosing to take a job in DPC is one of the best decisions you will make in your career. I wish you well in your new role and look forward to working with you in the future. Chris Eccles – Chief Executive
Our Future Directions is our five year strategic plan, articulating the goals and culture the department hopes to achieve. It also addresses the guiding principles of our organisation and reflects how rich in diversity we are, with a wide range of roles, responsibilities and clients.
Our Future Directions focuses on our department’s leadership role in relation to whole of government policy and strategy and our commitment to outstanding customer service and community engagement. It also outlines DPC’s commitment to providing an enabling environment for staff.
The culture of our organisation is outlined in Our Future Directions along with the capabilities required to achieve our future objectives. This will guide the way you perform your role, so it is important to understand.
We adopt a professional services approach to conducting business. This approach is firmly anchored in our profession as public servants, whose role is to support government and serve the wider community. We are committed to:
having a relentless regard for quality
focusing on creating value
generating a sense of energy and excitement in our work and relationships
attracting and retaining the best talent available
investing in new ways of designing our work
valuing and finding time and space for research and thinking
DPC is the principal government agency in South Australia. It delivers specialist policy advice to the Premier and Ministers, supports the Cabinet process and provides direction and leadership to the South Australian Public Sector .
The department leads the implementation of South Australia’s Strategic Plan and drives key government initiatives across a range of services benefiting the community .
The Chief Executive reports directly to the Premier and is supported by three Deputy Chief Executives who are responsible for the following key functions:
Sustainability, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
Cultural Development and Corporate
Cabinet and Policy Coordination
Learn more about our organisation
Read the information sheet on the South Australian government
Our Future Directions 2009 - 2014 – what is our purpose and objectives?
Our Culture – discuss with your manager how you can contribute to our culture
Our Department – name the portfolio your Deputy Chief Executive is responsible for?
Your Business Unit – what is the primary function of your business unit?
Your Workplace – how often are your team meetings held?
Complete your DPC Onboard Checklist for Day One Meet with your manager to discuss your progress "DPC is now a department with a diverse range of discrete missions. It is a microcosm of the whole public sector and this diversity is overwhelmingly a strength for a central agency because it ensures that DPC is not an 'ivory tower' and must appreciate the kinds of operational pressures that exist for service delivery agencies. DPC is a dynamic, responsive and interesting department." Greg Mackie OAM, Deputy Chief Executive, Cultural Development and Corporate Recipient of the AbaF 2008 Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leadership Award day one activities
All public sector employees must comply with the Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector . The code embodies and builds upon the principles of the Public Sector Act 2009 .
It is the responsibility of every public sector employee to familiarise themselves with the content of this Code and to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the values, behavioural principles and standards of professional conduct.
The Code of Ethics seeks to:
guide and support public sector employees in all of their professional activities
strengthen public confidence in the public sector
earn respect from citizens, government and employees for the public sector as an institution which is critical to good government in South Australia
set out standards of professional conduct expected of every public sector employee
This Code applies to and is binding on all public sector employees, regardless of the:
nature or level of employment
employment status (eg ongoing, term, casual, traineeship, apprenticeship)
nature of the public sector organisation (eg administrative unit, attached office, public corporation, statutory authority, public hospitals, schools etc)
The Code recognises that some public sector employees (eg health professionals and lawyers) are also bound by codes of conduct relevant to their profession. In such cases, employees must have regard to their professional codes as well as to the Code of Ethics.
The Government of South Australia is committed to a vision of Zero Harm in the SA Public Sector, as outlined in Safety in the Public Sector 2007-2010. The Government acknowledges its responsibility for ensuring that all risks to health, safety and welfare arising from work activities are, as reasonably practicable, eliminated or properly controlled.
DPC also has responsibilities for the prevention, management and cost of work related injuries and illness in accordance with the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 (as amended) and the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 .
You should complete the OHS Onboard (Roles, Responsibilities and Awareness) online module by the end of your first week and before you proceed with the remainder of DPC Onboard.
Discuss your Position Description with your manager to identify key outcomes
Your Position Description outlines key information about your role including:
Your manager will also advise you of the key policies and procedures relevant to your role, work area and business unit.
As part of the onboarding process your manager will discuss with you the outcomes to be achieved in your position and the specific projects or tasks you will undertake.
By the end of month three you will have discussed the performance development process. Discussions about your performance should take place regularly with your manager throughout the course of your employment.
Employees within DPC are appointed under the following conditions of employment:
The Public Sector (PS) Act 2009
The conditions of employment of public servants are largely set out in the PS Act 2009 .
SA Government Wages Parity (Salaried) Enterprise Agreement 2010
All employees are bound by an enterprise agreement that includes DPC as part of the enterprise. Enterprise Agreements provide a vehicle for the negotiation of remuneration, conditions of employment and other industrial matters.
Upon your initial appointment, your commencing remuneration will generally be set at the base step, or first increment of the salary range. Progression to the next increment will be based on experience and normally occur on an annual basis following appointment. Details regarding salary range upon your commencement are outlined in your contract of employment.
For further information see Salaries and Wages Table non Executive
It is important for you to understand your responsibilities and obligations regarding email, internet , intranet and socialtext usage. The below policies define ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable’ use of DPC ICT facilities and clarifies the responsibilities of users.
Internet and Intranet Policy
Any breach of these policies will be treated seriously and may result in the termination of your employment.
DPC has a social media platform named ‘Socialtext’. It allows staff to share information, consult and collaborate with each other. Remember the same common sense rules
email, intranet, internet and socialtext
apply: use Socialtext as a tool to share information and don't signal anything that will embarrass you or DPC. Socialtext training is available from ICT Strategy .
For any HR enquiries please contact the HR helpdesk:
Phone - 8463 5430
Email - [email_address]
For any payroll enquiries please contact Team 01 at Shared Services:
Phone - 8462 1303 (press 1) or 8124 9603
Email - [email_address]
Workplace Safety and Wellbeing:
For any safety enquiries please contact the Workplace Safety and Wellbeing team:
Phone - 8463 5430
Email - [email_address]
There are also a number of other government websites that you will find useful such as: reference tools http://www.vacancies.sa.gov.au Notice of Vacancies provides a list of all current vacancies in government SA Direct http://www.sadirect.sa.gov.au staff directory for whole of government IntraSA http://intra.sa.gov.au website that links internal government services Service SA http://www.service.sa.gov.au/ website that links external government services SAES http://www.saes.sa.gov.au website for the South Australia Executive Service DPC Careers Website http://www.premcab.sa.gov.au/careers view our current vacancies
Code of Ethics – name the five values that are the foundation of ethical behaviour in the SA Public Sector
OHS Roles, Responsibilities and Awareness – list your responsibilities as an employee under the OHS Act
Your Job Role – have you discussed your position description and identified key outcomes?
Employment Conditions – how do you login to the CHRIS Kiosk?
Complete your DPC Onboard Checklist for Week One Meet with your manager to discuss your progress week one activities ‘ I led an investigation into the extent and nature of under reporting of notifiable workplace injuries in South Australia. I have also worked intensively on OHS in culturally and linguistically diverse workplaces, developing a new publication called 'Communicating OHS across languages' which will be published in 2010. I have also established an ongoing OHS education program for skilled migrants at TAFESA.’ Dante, Graduate Officer, DPC Graduate Program 2009
The South Australian Public Service is an equal opportunity employer and positions are open to all, regardless of age, association with a child, caring responsibilities, chosen gender, disability, marital or domestic partnership status, pregnancy, race, religious appearance or dress, sexuality, spouse or partners identity.
Visit the following websites for more information:
DPC is committed to maintaining a working environment free of discrimination and harassment. The Department’s guidelines enable employees who believe they have been treated inappropriately to choose to seek resolution in one or more of the following ways:
Do nothing (an employee can choose to take no action)
Formal resolution (make a formal complaint)
DPC has established a group of trained Contact Officers who can provide advice and support to employees who have harassment and discrimination grievances. For further information, please contact HR Help Desk on 8463 5430 or DPC Human Resources .
Read the information sheet on Dealing with Harassment and Discrimination
For more information see the Grievance Resolution Guideline
South Australia's Strategic Plan (SASP) is the driving force behind our work here in DPC. We are responsible for 13 targets and a considerable number of outcomes.
SASP is a commitment to making this state the best it can be - prosperous, environmentally rich, culturally stimulating, offering its citizens every opportunity to live well and succeed.
Through a range of implementation plans across the department we are working towards achieving a diverse mix of targets, which range from increasing participation of Aboriginal people in the Public Sector to reducing South Australia's ecological footprint .
Visit the SASP Website to learn more about the plan and view current news, events and plan updates south australia's strategic plan
Developing high quality policy and providing specialist policy advice to the Premier and Ministers is a key function of our department.
The State Reform Agenda is the culmination of significant work across government to generate ideas to inform medium-term policy development for SA. It comprises a series of policy priorities and enablers, agreed to by the Executive Committee of Cabinet on recommendation by Senior Management Council.
Learn about the State Reform Agenda’s Policy Priorities and Enablers state reform agenda
Our Future Directions set us on a course and the associated guiding model provides us with a set of tools to achieve the department's objectives. Effective risk management is one way of achieving these objectives, particularly when systematically undertaken and fully integrated into planning and daily activities.
In November 2009, the Premier and Treasurer endorsed the Risk Management Policy Statement stating the Government's commitment to risk management. The policy statement makes Public Sector Chief Executives accountable to their Ministers for the development and implementation of a risk management framework specific to the organisation's business and organisational context.
The Audit and Risk Committee has an oversight responsibility for the department’s risk management practices. All departmental staff has a responsibility to ensure risks are effectively and efficiently managed. The DPC Risk Management Policy and Framework is designed to assist us with the management of the department's risks.
Learn more about the DPC Risk Management Policy supported by the
In DPC, we recognise the importance of developing cultural awareness and competence for all staff to create a more culturally inclusive workplace that recognises and respects the values, cultures and traditions of all Aboriginal people. The department has developed a Cultural Awareness Program, which offers the following learning opportunities tailored to meet differing roles and responsibilities within the department:
Fostering Cultural Competency: for managers and supervisors
South Australia’s Strategic Plan – name three SASP targets DPC is responsible for?
State Reform Agenda – can you name two policy priorities and two policy enablers?
Freedom of Information – what should you do if a member of the public asks for information?
Risk Management – what is the Audit and Risk Committee responsible for?
Interactive Ochre – how has this program developed your Aboriginal cultural awareness?
Work Life Balance – list three work life balance initiatives.
Complete your DPC Onboard Checklist for Week Four Meet with your manager to discuss your progress "We get to focus on people and how to work together with the community to make this state a great place to live. Working in the area of community engagement means I get the chance to see how the things we do have an impact on all South Australians. Thankfully, the result is a healthier, sustainable and prosperous future and the people we meet in regions and various sectors are all enthusiastic about South Australia's Strategic Plan and its targets.“ Helga, Senior Project Officer, Cabinet and Policy Coordination week four activities
Our approach focuses on the conversation and providing genuine two way feedback on performance, recognising achievements, agreeing to work objectives, identifying development opportunities, and career planning. To support your 'dynamic discussion' we have provided a framework that allows you to progress through each stage of the process effectively. We recommend that you begin your performance journey by completing in order the following four stages:
performance management DPC Performs is our performance management framework and supports our commitment to ensuring our employees are motivated and encouraged to succeed in their work. Explore DPC Performs and learn how it can support your career
DPC is committed to maximising organisational performance and promoting a culture of continuous improvement by building upon and growing the capabilities of its staff. Professional development aims to enhance the skills, knowledge and abilities of staff, in defined areas, to increase their competence and performance.
The Corporate Training Calendar is designed to promote available corporate training and professional development programs in order to ensure employees receive relevant, timely and quality training to meet individual and organisational training needs as identified in Divisional Training Plans.
Professional development will be discussed as part of your performance development discussion with your Manager. To see what training is on offer visit the Corporate Training Calendar corporate training calendar
Study assistance offers you the opportunity to attend a variety of educational courses supplied by various providers. If you intend to take a course of study requiring leave, you should discuss plans with your manager, as part of your performance development process before enrolling in any program.
Study Leave matrix
Study Assistance Information Sheet
Study Assistance FAQ
Ask your Manager if you have any questions about study assistance and leave
Performance Development – what outcomes have you and your manager agreed on for you to achieve this year?
Corporate Training Calendar (CTC) – what is the process you should follow to register your attendance at a course listed on the CTC?
Study Assistance – is study leave available to DPC employees?
Complete your DPC Onboard Checklist for Month Three Meet with your manager to discuss your progress "To me, DPC's work life balance policy is one of the key benefits of working here - flexi-time, working from home, and study leave. I joined DPC after 25 years in the media, and the personal and professional opportunities I've enjoyed here are second to none.“ Peter, Chief Media Advisor, SafeWork SA month three activities
DPC Onboard Checklist – forward your completed checklist (signed by you and your manager) to Human Resources
DPC Onboard online program – send an email to the HR HelpDesk when you have completed DPC Onboard.
Introducing DPC – contact the HR HelpDesk if you have not yet completed this corporate information share session
We would appreciate any feedback you have on DPC Onboard and encourage you to provide any comments to the HR HelpDesk
have you completed dpc onboard? "Traineeships are a great way to start your career in government. The program provided me with an entry pathway combining practical work experience with further study. I now have a clear understanding of the career path I would like to take in the future." Kylie, HR Administration Officer, DPC Trainee 2009