Rod Simpson has never liked being stuck in an office. He prefers to spend his days out and about across regional NSW, helping others and connecting communities. Based in Wagga Wagga in our Aboriginal Engagement team, Rod is at his best when he’s challenging himself to transform the lives of those around him.
What do you do?
It's my job to promote road safety and licensing opportunities within Aboriginal and disadvantaged communities across regional NSW by encouraging safe and legal driver behaviour behind the wheel and on the road.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I love working with different communities across the south-west region. With our Driver Licensing Access Program, we’re able to help locals through a range of barriers to getting their L and P plates – from literacy and numeracy troubles to financial issues and outstanding fines. It’s incredible to see people who think gaining a licence is unachievable, to then go on to get a licence and then go even further and gain employment from that.
Is there a specific story that’s memorable?
We had a 58-year-old man who was part of the Stolen Generation come through our Driver Licensing Access Program. Because he’d never had a proper birth certificate, he’d never been able to go for his licence. Thanks to the program, we helped him through these issues and he gained his L plates then passed his red P plates driver test first go! Getting on the road really transformed his life because it allowed him to travel locally and connect back with his family.
Can you tell us what’s unique about working in the south-west region?
Even though I’m based in Wagga, I work with communities from Tumut to Albury, which means that I’m not regularly stuck in the office. It’s definitely unique being able to travel such long distances and service remote communities like Dareton.
What’s life like outside your job in the Transport cluster?
I love catching a game of local rugby league as well as spending time with family.
Can you share your favourite quote?
“You have got to be in the ring to get knocked out” – because if there’s something you want in life but don’t feel confident, you’ll never know unless you give it a shot.
Can you sum up your job in three words?
Engaging with community.