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Department for Correctional Services

Functional responsibility

The Department for Correctional Services (the Department) is an administrative unit established pursuant to the Public Sector Act 2009. The Department is responsible to the Minister for Correctional Services.

The primary function of the Department is to contribute to public safety through the safe, secure and humane management of offenders and the provision of opportunities for rehabilitation and reintegration. For details of the Department’s functions refer note 1 of the financial report.

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $254.6 million
Total appropriation: $257.8 million
Total prisoner numbers at 30 June 2015: 2737
Number of FTEs: 1793

Significant events and transactions

The Department progressed capital works at various correctional facilities, which provided an additional 203 beds for prisoner accommodation.

The prisoner movement and in-court management contract was extended by 18 months.

An equity contribution of $28.3 million was received during 2014-15 to fund capital projects for additional prisoner accommodation.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Risk management framework – inconsistent use of risk registers across the agency
  • Inconsistent approach to higher duty increment tracking across divisions
  • Custodial officer roster system variations were not always independently reviewed
  • Cartnote register was not independently reviewed
  • Reconciliation of requested invoice register not independently reviewed
  • Controls for the Shared Services SA main payroll systems did not meet a generally satisfactory standard