sacta was established within SA in 2013 as a response to the Aged Care Reforms which were expected to have had significant changes for the community transport sector such as:
Transitioning to a competitive market.
The ever increasing wishes of governments to interact with peak bodies rather than individual organisations.
It was believed that the time was right to form a Community Transport peak body in SA to enable providers to have a consolidated voice moving forward.
In 2015 the Australian Community Transport Association peak asked the South Australian focus embrace the Northern Territory as part of a national initiative.
sacta is a Peak Body providing a united voice for its Community Transport members in South Australia and Northern Territory.
Our role is to:
Strengthen community and political awareness around the value of community transport
Advocate on behalf of our members to all levels of government: local, state and federal including representation from SActa to the national peak body – ACTA (Australian Community Transport Association).
Provide opportunities for members and transport providers to connect, be informed and promote the value of community transport.
Provide information and advocacy for transport disadvantaged communities to secure equitable transport throughout South Australia.
To be supportive of members and transport disadvantaged communities to ensure sustainable transport services in South Australia.
Our Guiding Principles:
Commitment to support members and community with positive transport outcomes
Demonstrate a best practice governance model
Build effective relationships with stakeholders, government agencies and transport providers
Implement strategies and goals identified in our Strategic Plan
Our Four Strategic Priorities:
Policy influence | Sustainability | Growth and Innovation | Appropriate Funding
sacta has been providing leadership, support, and resources to our members and currently has members from Local Governments, the Not for Profit Sector, Community Passenger Networks, other transport providers and various associate memberships.
We acknowledge the traditional owners and Elders past and present across Australia. We give particular acknowledgement to the traditional custodians of the lands where our members are located and the areas where we work. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present and to those of the future, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the cultures and aspirations of Aboriginal Australia. We must always remember that under the concrete and asphalt that land is, was and will always be traditional Aboriginal land.
David McDonald (FIPA FFA)
David is currently the CEO for Community Care and Transport Incorporated (CARE IN MOTION) on the Yorke Peninsula. He has an exceptionally strong background in both the Commercial and NFP sectors with over 35 years in senior leadership roles varying from CEO, COO, General Manager and Network Finance Manager. These roles combined with his strategic planning, sales, marketing and ability to build successful teams provide a strong and experienced skills base. He has had many roles both nationally and internationally which have given him much exposure to a broad range of stakeholders both internally, externally and numerous commercial business entities. As a result of his broad experience he possesses a sound knowledge of corporate governance, finance, risk, legal and business operations. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants. David is very active in the community and currently is involved in the following entities: - Chair for SACTA (South Australian Community Transport Association), Member of the Legatus Public Transport Reference Group, Member - YP Business / Industry Advisory Group and ACTA (Australian Community Transport Association) Board Member, State Representative South Australia, and more recently has become a member of ACSA (Aged & Community Services) SA Home and Community Advisory Committee.
Damien, Coordinator at the Mid-North Community Passenger Network (MNCPN) has worked there for over 14 years. During this time he has accumulated an invaluable amount of knowledge regarding transport needs for South Australia. His positive attitude and organisational skills have helped to ensure that the MNCPN is a well-known, professional and successful transport organisation that currently operates to serve the community needs. He works collaboratively with other Community Transport Operators (CPN’s) and support organisations who provide other services to clients in the region. Damien was recently appointed to the board of directors for Country Home Services. His background includes managerial roles working with large groups of people, in the areas of Sales and Marketing.
Tammy is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tailem Bend Community Centre (TBCC) and brings solid networking/collaboration contacts to the Committee. Having managed the Murray Mallee Community Passenger Network (MMCPN) since 2018 covering 35,000kms² provides extensive transport logistic experience. During her ten years at TBCC she has obtained an Advance Diploma Community Services. She is confident with Executive Leadership, Governance, Human Resources, Fiscal and Volunteer Management principles to name a few. Previous experience includes Local Government Work Health and Safety, Risk and Event Management. Additionally, she worked for the State Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport in Field Services Finance and Business Administration. Tammy is a great believer in continuous learning, sharing knowledge and empowering everyone to achieve their best.
Kathy is Community Supports Team Coordinator with City of Onkaparinga, supporting the Community Transport and Flexible Respite programs. She previously held the position of Head of Community Aged Care with a large non-profit and prior to that over a decade of experience across various community service programs.
Kathy is an experienced senior manager with specific skills in building relationships, developing teams and strategic thinking. She is known for her calm, supportive leadership style assisting her team to reach their full potential. Passionate about the community and those less fortunate Kathy works with a strong people centred approach. Kathy’s background includes outdoor and environmental education. Her diversity of experience gives depth to her problem solving and management abilities.
Lyn has been managing Northern Passenger Transport for 21 years. With 47 volunteer drivers, 6 scheme vehicles and covering 6 councils in the upper north. Lyn has completed an advanced diploma in Community Management, and just completed a management course with Local Government. Her organisation has won many community achievements over the years proving the necessity of what this organisation brings to the communities it covers. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the SACTA Committee.
Georgina Bracken has lived in remote Central Australia since 1990 and in Tennant Creek since 1999. She is a founding member of Tennant Creek Transport (TCT) and has served on the Board since 2012. In addition, she has also filled the role of Coordinator of TCT services since 2017. Georgina brings much knowledge and experience to the SACTA committee having served on many Boards over the years. She is currently serving on the Disability Advocacy Service Board and is a newly elected member of the Barkly Regional Deal Governance Table. She also has held senior management roles including CEO of the Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge ( 2007-2017). Her skill set is solid having undertaken regular training in Governance - including a 5-day Diploma of Governance – Institute of Community Directors – Our Community.