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Building a strong culture

Values and culture network

The Values and culture network was formed in 2014 and continues to promote the Queensland public sector values and build a OneTMR culture. There are over 30 permanent members of this volunteer network representing more than 13 branches, including representatives from regional locations. The network meets quarterly to discuss areas of focus for the year which has included:

  • building relationships in regional and remote areas through local culture initiatives, such as charity fundraising, team health checks, mini Olympics, and health and wellbeing walks
  • partnering with senior leaders to share organisational values with new employees at Big Event inductions, both in Brisbane and in the regions
  • championing values and culture across key departmental initiatives, such as the Customer Service Ways We Work program, People 4 People Week, My Health for Life Program and the CUBIE (recognition) awards
  • supporting disaster recovery efforts in regional Queensland, including fundraising for fire victims and participation in community recovery.

Working for Queensland survey

The Working for Queensland annual survey gives the department the opportunity to help shape the future of the Queensland Public Service, while improving employees’ work experience. The survey results inform focus on enhancing employee engagement, building a positive workplace culture, strategy development, and resource investment.

The 2019 focus included workload and health, organisational fairness, anti-discrimination, and red-tape reduction. The results revealed employees reported the most positive changes in the following areas:

  • feeling supported to pursue development opportunities in other workplaces
  • the wellbeing of employees is a priority for the department
  • managers model the behaviours expected of all employees.

The Plans for Action 2019–20 addressed key employee engagement focus areas. Actions are undertaken at organisational, divisional and branch level.

CUBIE Awards 2019

The annual CUBIE awards were held for the sixth year in December 2019. CUBIE awards are aligned to the Queensland Public Sector values and candidates are nominated by their peers based on their commitment to these values. Winners are awarded in eight categories: Customers first, Unleash potential, Be courageous, Ideas into action, Empower people, OneTMR - Individual, OneTMR - Team and the Director-General’s All-rounder. A total of 1362 submissions were received, with nominations shortlisted by the department’s 17 branches before progressing to the Values and culture network panel and then to the final judging panel convened by the Director-General.

Table 9: Winners for 2019–20 Cubie awards

Category Winner Highly Commended
Customer first Donald Mackay, PPI, Road and Passenger Transport Planning Steven MacDonald, IMD, PDO, North Queensland Region
Unleash Potential Trevor Short, IMD, RoadTek, Far North Region Anne-Marie Moxham, Strategic Investment and Asset Management
Be Courageous Alexander Taylor, TransLink, Fare Revenue and Contracts

Brett McKenna, CSSR, Service Innovation and Systems

Peter McCarten, IMD, PDO, Project Planning and Corridor Land Management

Ideas into Action Christopher Kiernan, IMD, PDO, Environment and Cultural Heritage Peter Jenkins, TransLink, Network Events Empower People
Empower People Leah Warnick, IMD, PDO, Capability and Human Resources
OneTMR Individual 
Rachel Coulson, CSSR, Northern Region, Road Safety

Lindel Ryan, IMD, PDO, Engineering Services 

Anthony Hoiberg, Corporate, Health and Safety

OneTMR Team  Disruptive Event Management Team (DEMT), IMD, PPI, Corporate, CSSR, TransLink and TNSR
From IMD

Brett Whitbread, Andrew Thomas, Bruce Bernhardt, Donna Cullen, Gina Turner, Glen Vaughan, Mehmood Khan, Stephen Mallows, Steven MacDonald, Leeann Taylor, Tammy Adams, Annita Sloan and Mark Wasley

From PPI 
Christopher Sykes
From Corporate 
Alec Chambers From CSSR
Andrew Robinson, Anthony Melrose and Frank D’Souza
From Translink 
Anthony Partridge, Jeffrey Gregory, Sherrin Cappler and Karen Wood
From TNSR 
Helen Maloney and Melinda Williamson
DG All Rounder
Brett Collard, Corporate, ITB, Service Operations