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Downer Gas and Electricity Leads The Way In Victoria


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Downer EDI has now taken full naming rights to the former Tenix engineering business, purchased over 12 months ago from the Salteri family.

One of the cornerstones to the Downer Utilities arm is the successful Victorian Gas and Power contract with AusNet Australia, which Dr Garry Tester and his Team from Australian Corporate Challenge (ACC) have developed over the past 5 years.


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Lance Mills presenting Training Certificates to Jacob Scilini


The key areas successfully delivered include:

  • Senior Management Team Mentoring & Coaching
  • Senior Management Team Leadership & Innovation Training
  • Strategic Alignment with the AusNet Contract
  • Alignment with Downer Values and Behaviours
  • Professional Development & Training with the Lead Victorian Site Staff
  • Wellness & Work Life Balance
  • Strategic Innovation to Make Savings in the Contract
  • Psychometric Profiling for Emotional Intelligence, Creativity and Innovation
  • Building the Downer Culture Through ‘Best Practice’ Behaviours, especially around safety and most importantly team building the desired behaviours in Metropolitan and Regional VIC Depots

At the end of 2015, with the support of former General Manager Power and Gas Networks Andy Wood, Dr Tester and ACC were tasked with developing and delivering a series of two-day workshops to all Key Managers, Leading Hands, Crew Leaders, and Key Administration Staff. The training aligned Downer’s values and behaviours especially around safety. Also, the key deliverables for the AusNet Victorian Contract in Gas and Electricity required the need for innovation to make the AusNet contract sustainable over a possible 10 years which required buy in from all Staff.




Downer EDI contract
Peter Jones delivering contract overview

Managers Peter Jones (Gas) and Brendon Fleming (Electricity) lead their staff through a series of workshops with commitment to cultural development. Peter Jones (Gas) demonstrated his unequivocal commitment to his team, by being present every Victorian Regional Depot training day. This gesture was valued by the Gas Staff enormously. The objective feedback showed the impact of these workshops completed by Australian Corporate Challenge was 2.8 from a possible 3.0, with the narrative feedback highlighting the value of investing in training for Staff, a cornerstone to build as high performance teams.

As two Downer Staff are from Gas and one from Electricity summarised the impact of the program for them:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the two-day workshop, as I learnt so much about the desired behaviours needed for the AusNet Contract to be successful, enjoyed working with other team members, being stretched mentally, the importance of innovation and taking home some valuable lessons for my own development. Thank you ACC and Downer for investing in your staff, it is valued.”