The Department of Defence is responsible for defending Australia and its national interests. Its Service Delivery Division (SDD) supports the running of Defence bases and facilities across 117 sites as part of the $3 billion annual budget of the department’s Estate and Infrastructure Group.
SDD wanted to improve customer satisfaction with products and services provided on bases and facilities, including refurbishments and maintenance, fuel provision, environmental and waste management, security, transport and food.
Nous reviewed existing structures, accountabilities, processes and performance data and surveyed more than 1,000 staff. We also consulted with more than 270 staff, customers and contractors through interviews, focus groups and large workshops to better understand the drivers of customer satisfaction and outcomes in this complex environment.
Nous worked closely with executives and others in SDD to:
We also worked with Defence product managers for large outsourced contracts to clarify required contract and relationships management capabilities and identify opportunities for improvement.
Nous worked with executives and their reports to implement our recommendations, including:
Implementing the new organisation structure and process changes. This involved uploading organisational structure data into corporate systems, making structural changes and implementing new processes.
Large-scale rollout of ‘how we work’ workshops. Nous designed and facilitated (or co-facilitated with managers) hands-on workshops to enable staff to build a common understanding of their roles and the new processes, via working in groups to solve real problems, followed by workshops to improve division-wide information and communications management.
A well-designed communications program. This included targeted, cascaded communications and weekly emails from the First Assistant Secretary.
The new service delivery model is tangibly improving the management of bases and facilities. This is evident in: