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SAFAR is a leading specialist in leadership development and organisational transformation.
With specific to client programs and workshops based primarily on experiential learning our unique approach and methodology deliver exciting and exceptional opportunities for personal growth and organisational performance improvement.
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All our consulting services are tailored to meet the specific requirements of our clients. To find out more about SAFAR programs and workshops contact us and schedule a meeting or discussion.​

RICK DOBBIE the Founder and Principal Consultant of SAFAR Leadership and Teamwork is an ex-Australian Army Officer with extensive leadership and training experience. As well as several operational command appointments he held a range of instructional and training appointments that included responsibility for the personal development and leadership training of naval and military officer cadets within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and for Regional Defence Forces as instructor, guidance officer and mentor.

Rick was also a senior member of the Australian Army Project Team Malaysia (AAPTM) and was attached to the Malaysian Army for three years and he was appointed as Australian Liaison Officer to United States Central Command and United States Special Operations Command. He was the inaugural Director of the Australian Defence Force Peacekeeping Centre (ADFPKC) and was appointed as a Senior Special Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) for his authorship of a number of peacekeeping publications on behalf of the United Nations.


Since leaving the ADF Rick has worked with a variety of international organisations; corporate, government and non-government developing their leadership and team capability.

He is highly valued as a facilitator/presenter with a pleasant and friendly personal style that ensures a positive learning experience. Rick has conducted workshops across South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand and in South America. His workshops and programs focus on experiential learning and utilise a variety of activities, exercises and case studies.

Rick is a first choice partner in external support for organisational development. He is an experienced and knowledgeable professional who has a very positive impact on workshop participants. He enables individuals to embrace knowledge and transform it into practical tools. This capability sets him apart as a facilitator, teacher and guide.

Rick's clients have included; BHP Billiton in Australia, Chile and Singapore, Vale in Australia and Brazil, Clough in Australia and Thailand, Lihir Gold in PNG, UK Coal, Solid Energy in New Zealand, Cortez Gold in the US, Intrepid Mines in Indonesia, Heerema in Singapore, MMG and Evolution in Australia, Siemens in Australia and New Zealand and Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Horizon Project Management in Malaysia as well as a variety of Australian and New Zealand based clients.


Rick also conducts Leadership Development programs for secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand. 



“The Tiger is incredibly strong and stable and there is a love of adventure from setting out to discover new things to pride in the trust and stability they inspire in others”.

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