With 19 staff members, Great Southern Regional Services is the Albany branch for Department of Transport, providing front line driver, vehicle, marine, taxi and firearm customer service. They process applications, renewals, driving assessments, and can happily assist with any queries customers or dealers have.
Health and Wellbeing Achievements
Membership on the South West Occupational Safety and Health Committee allows the Albany branch to contribute to health and wellbeing initiatives for Department of Transport employees in the South West. The Albany branch participates in state wide Department of Transport programs and policies, including:
Employee Assistance Program
Corporate health plans with Bupa, HBF, HiF and Medibank
Alcohol and drug policy – including encouraging alcohol consumption in line with the Australian Alcohol Guidelines at work events and social functions
Smoke free workplace policy
Quit smoking support.
In addition, the Albany branch is also implementing their own health and wellbeing initiatives, including:
Corporate deals with Snap Fitness gyms in Albany and memberships with Lite n Easy
Removing the office vending machine
Encouraging staff to bring healthy options for staff catered morning teas and social events (for example: fortnightly healthy home-made salads during Summer/Spring and fortnightly soup club during Autumn/Winter).
Two pool bikes and safety equipment for staff to use during work hours
End of journey facilities including change rooms, showers and lockers
Organising 10K A Day Step Challenges and Healthy Changes Journey Challenges
Reducing sitting time by encouraging office staff to move more frequently throughout the day through the design of their office space, sit/stand stations and office stretching resources
Displaying healthy lifestyle posters around the office on cupboards, fridges, notice boards, etc.
The Albany branch has also implemented a health and wellbeing champions program. Each champion is nominated for a 12 month placement, commencing in January. The main responsibility of the Champion is to promote wellness in the workplace by implementing and managing healthy lifestyle programs, strategies and policies in conjunction with the management team and Department of Transport guidelines. The Champion needs to lead by example and encourage their colleagues to live a healthier lifestyle through their own actions. Each Champion needs to complete the Healthier Workplace WA (HWWA) Health and Wellbeing Coordinator training, subscribe to HWWA newsletter, and participate in other HWWA webinar training/events.
Jordyn YoungmanCustomer Service Officer & Wellness Champion - June 2015
"Having a strong emphasis on the importance of great health and wellbeing is key to Great Southern Regional Services (GSRS) as it boosts morale and ensures staff understand that their personal health and wellbeing is important to both their employer and colleagues. In turn staff are happier, healthier and more engaged during work hours resulting in reduced sick leave and increased productivity. "