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Report 12 of 2018 (Published on 13 December 2018)

Land services commercialisation project

The land services commercialisation project involved the appointment of a private operator to deliver a range of land services functions on behalf of the SA Government. Following a four-stage procurement process, Land Services SA was appointed to deliver certain lands titling and property valuation services for 40 years.

Our review assessed whether:

  • the potential costs, benefits and risks of the proposed transaction were properly evaluated before proceeding with the commercialisation 

  • a fair, open and transparent procurement process was undertaken to select the service provider 

  • the SA Government and service provider’s compliance with the transaction documents and contract management risks were properly managed.

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Report 11 of 2018 (Published on 4 December 2018)

New Royal Adelaide Hospital operating term arrangements

The Auditor-General’s review of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital project has been undertaken in phases reflecting project delays and the extended time it has taken to deliver the project, key events impacting the project and project lifecycle stages and milestones.

In November 2015, the Auditor-General reported to the Parliament on a number of areas relating to project governance, assurance, management and reporting systems, and processes that required improvement. In March 2018, the Auditor-General provided the Parliament with an update on the status of the project and outlined significant developments leading to the completion of works and the handover of the hospital to the State.

This Report focusses on assessing the arrangements and controls implemented by SA Health to manage the Project Agreement during the operating term.

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Report 10 of 2018 (Published on 4 December 2018)

Examination of the District Council of Coober Pedy

On 1 May 2017, the then Treasurer, the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, requested that the Auditor-General examine the District Council of Coober Pedy’s accounts under section 32(1)(a) of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987. Section 32(1b) requires the Auditor-General to conduct an examination if requested to do so.

This report communicates the findings on the examination of District Council of Coober Pedy’s accounts.

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Report 9 of 2018 (Published on 27 November 2018)

Battery storage procurement

The procurement of 100 megawatt grid-connected battery storage was an initiative of the former SA Government. This large scale battery storage was part of a group of initiatives included in ‘Our Energy Plan’ which detailed the vision to ‘source, generate and control more of South Australia’s power supply in South Australia so we can increase self-reliance and provide reliable, competitive and clean power for all into the future’.

Given the public interest in the reliability of the State’s power system and the potential impact of power outages on households, business and the economy, we reviewed the procurement of battery storage, which was the first procurement under the Energy Plan.  

This report provides detailed commentary and audit observations on our review of the project initiation process, procurement and contract management arrangements.

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Report 8 of 2018 (Published on 23 October 2018)

Health budget performance 2017-18

This report provides detailed commentary and audit observations on aspects of SA Health’s budget and financial performance processes with a particular focus on:

• the structure of budget arrangements including accountability lines and authorisations

• the adequacy of information

• the budget term/period.

We also followed up the Department for Health and Wellbeing’s actions and response to our 2016-17 review including its response that:

• the budget setting process would largely use the same principles it previously used

• a balanced budget outcome was achievable.

This review also considered estimated budget and savings outcomes for 2017-18 and trends over recent years.

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Report 7 of 2018 (Published on 16 October 2018)

Digital licensing

This Report provides our observations from our review of the mySA GOV digital licensing program, which lets South Australians store selected government-issued passes and licences electronically using an application developed for smartphones and tablets.

While no system is foolproof, at the time of our testing we found that controls over data security were satisfactory for an application of this type, and the system was designed to deliver the required functionality.

Our review identified that more rigour could have been applied to strengthen aspects of some key Program controls.  Challenges also remain to improve the sign-on experience for users, including providing other ways for a user to confirm their identity. Ongoing attention is needed to maintain public and agency awareness and adoption of the mobile application and increase the use of barcode scanning functionality to appropriately validate licences.

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Report 6 of 2018 (Published on 16 October 2018)

Report on the Operations of the Auditor-General's Department for the year ended 30 June 2018

This Annual Report provides information on the Auditor-General’s Department’s activities and performance in 2017-18.

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Report 5 of 2018 (Published on 16 October 2018)

Annual Report of the Auditor-General for the year ended 30 June 2018

This Report is in two parts:

Part A: Executive summary contains the opinions the Auditor-General is required to give under section 36 and identifies any examinations that have been made under section 32 of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1987. It also summarises the main matters brought to the attention of the Parliament and the SA Government resulting from the 2017-18 audits of public sector agencies.

Part B: Agency audit reports summarise the outcomes of each agency included in the 2017-18 Auditor-General’s Annual Report. It features a snapshot of key agency information covering functional responsibility, financial statistics, significant events and transactions, and whether the financial statement and financial controls opinions are unmodified or modified (qualified). Those agencies financial statements have been published on this website.

Copies of financial statements of agencies that were not reported in Part B of the Annual Report will be published on this website progressively as soon as reasonably practicable after each audit is completed.

Report 4 of 2018 (Published on 4 September 2018)

Adelaide Oval redevelopment for the designated period 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018

This Report provides an executive summary of the matters arising from the audit for the three reporting terms of reference provided for in the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment and Management Act 2011.

No findings were raised with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) from our review of the current designated reporting period and we note that DPTI has addressed most matters raised in our previous Reports.

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Report 3 of 2018 (Published on 29 May 2018)

Consolidated Financial Report review

This Report provides our observations on the 2016-17 Consolidated Financial Report (CFR), including:

  • highlights of the CFR
  • the findings of our review of the CFR
  • an analysis of the State’s actual financial performance
  • an analysis of the State’s actual financial position.

We found that the whole of government reported a $246 million net operating deficit for 2016-17 and a net lending deficit of $3.588 billion. The State’s net worth increased by $4.677 billion, and the State is increasingly reliant on Commonwealth grant revenue. We identified opportunities to improve the way financial information is collected, validated and consolidated in preparing the CFR, but did not identify any material misstatements or control deficiencies.

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Report 2 of 2018 (Published on 3 May 2018)

New Royal Adelaide Hospital

This Report provides an update on the status of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital project and outlines significant developments leading to the completion of works and hand-over of the facility to the State. These include:

  • executing a Deed of Settlement and Release (Settlement Deed) in September 2015 to settle a number of long outstanding issues including contamination remediation and project modifications, and extend the date for technical completion and commercial acceptance by 76 days
  • entering into a Completion Deed and Cure Plan to achieve technical completion and commercial acceptance, resolve issues about safety and State access, and establish a process to resolve ongoing disputes
  • the status of arbitration proceedings for major defects and other allegations and claims raised by the builder, and legal proceedings initiated by the builder against Project Co, the State and the Independent Certifier.

This Report also provides an update on the status of the project budget and expenditure to date.

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Report 1 of 2018 (Published on 1 March 2018)

Adelaide Oval redevelopment for the designated period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017

This Report provides an executive summary of the matters arising from the audit for the three reporting terms of reference provided for in the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment and Management Act 2011.

Our review for this period found that progress has continued on addressing matters raised in previous Reports, however, we found that there continues to be a need to ensure contracts are executed prior to commencing works.

This matter was raised with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI). Section 5 of the report contains the detailed findings and DPTI’s response.

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