Here are just some of the projects DIXON Partnering Solutions have been involved in:

Austrade - A new approach to partnering

In 2011, Austrade (the Australian Government's trade, investment and education promotion agency) announced the outcomes of a significant review of its operations. This included an aspiration to greater focus and effectiveness of its partnering relationships, through "stronger, but fewer partnerships". DIXON Partnering Solutions and specifically Ian Dixon was engaged as an expert adviser to guide, develop and validate the partnership review process being conducted.  Ian assisted in developing a common and effective language and framework around partnering, and this formed the basis for supporting policies and businesses processes.

DPS also provided training to several key staff through the Partnership Brokers Training Program (Level 1) conducted on behalf of the International Partnership Brokers Association.

Centacare Rockhampton - Skills development and capacity building

Centacare: Archdiocese of Rockhampton, provides a range of community services across Central Queensland and recognises the need to work in partnership with others. We were engaged by Centacare to provide a range of skills development and capacity building activities to their staff and some external partners during 2012.

Specific activities included delivering Partnering Essentials™ skills development programs, targeted Partnering Xtra™ modules and a partnering action learning project. In addition, several key staff have attended Partnership Brokers Training delivered by DPS.

National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions - Skills development and capacity building

DIXON Partnering Solutions have been engaged in a range of capacity building and support activities to assist partnership brokers to improve their brokering knowledge and skills. Specific activities have included delivering skills development programs across Australia, presenting keynote addresses, preparing case studies, developing a range of tools and presenting at induction programs nationally.

Primary Health Care Partnerships - Skills development and capacity building

The Connecting Healthcare in Communities (CHIC) initiative was developed in Queensland as a proactive approach to establish partnerships to minimise duplication, improve integration and services coordination and to potentially increase the capacity of the health system.

We provided a range of partnering support activities to the Partnership Councils during 2010 and 2011 including strategic reviews and skills development programs.

SAGE/CTEK Partnership - Independent chairing and mentoring

SAGE Automation Pty Ltd (SAGE - based in Adelaide, South Australia) and Combined Technologies Ltd (CTEK - based in Hamilton, New Zealand) are integration and control system companies. They both have considerable expertise in the design, installation, manufacture and maintenance of industrial and commercial process automation systems.

In 2010 CTEK and SAGE entered into a partnering agreement and DIXON Partnering Solutions provide a range of partnering support activities to the partnership including independent chairing of their partnership meetings both in Australia and New Zealand and coaching and mentoring of senior staff.

Ngaanyatjarra Regional Partnership Agreement - Independent evaluation

DIXON Partnering Solutions were engaged to undertake this independent evaluation and conducted the review during the period from January to March 2008. This review was a qualitative evaluation and included literature reviews of documentation, interviews with representatives of each partner and a workshop to draw out the lessons learnt and next steps.

Native Title Resolution - Independent chair, independent facilitation and process management

The South Australian Native Title Resolution initiative was established to develop negotiated agreements across South Australia that would lead to resolution of native title claims. The initiative involved peak bodies representing mining, pastoral and fishing interests; the Aboriginal Congress of South Australia (representing 23 native title claim groups); the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement as well as state and local government.

We assisted the parties as independent chairs and process managers for the many facets of these negotiations from January 2000 until February 2009.

DIXON Partnering Solutions also acted as independent facilitators and process managers of claim wide negotiations in the areas of mineral exploration, pastoral, parks and outback areas, involving four native title claim groups in South Australia, state and local government, mining and pastoral industries.

Playford Partnership - Facilitation, mentoring and process management

Over a 5 year period DIXON Partnering Solutions provided support to the Playford Partnership which included facilitating strategic sessions, mentoring on relationships with other partnerships and advising on partnership development and sustainability issues. This involved the City of Playford, State and Federal Governments and Community organizations.

Michell Australia Environmental Project - Strategic advice and mentoring

We provided support to Michell in developing the stormwater aquifer storage and reuse project. This was a partnership project involving Michell, the City of Salisbury and the owners of the Parafield Airport, and supported by the State and Federal Governments.