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Defence SA

Functional responsibility

Defence SA is an administrative unit established pursuant to the Public Sector Act 2009, and is responsible to the Minister for Defence Industries.

The Defence SA Advisory Board provides high-level advice to the Government of South Australia on strategy and policy required to deliver defence industry and facility growth in South Australia.

The functions of Defence SA are to:

  • facilitate the development and growth of a competitive and sustainable defence industry in South Australia in accordance with South Australia’s Strategic Plan objectives
  • deliver the Government of South Australia’s commitments to the Air Warfare Destroyer project
  • maximise Defence presence, including personnel and facilities, in South Australia.

Further details of Defence SA’s functions are contained in note 1 of the financial report.

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $17 million
Revenues from SA Government: $16.5 million
Payments to SA Government: $2.2 million
Harbour and port facilities: $216.2 million
Land and buildings: $27.8 million
Number of FTEs: 30.65

Significant events and transactions

In 2014-15 Defence SA finalised further works for the Common User Facility expansion area, resulting in a transfer of $2.9 million from work in progress to site land improvements and harbour and port facilities.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Controls for the Shared Services SA main payroll system did not meet a generally satisfactory standard
  • Absence of documentation supporting key contract management decisions