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Department for Education and Child Development

Functional responsibility

The Department for Education and Child Development (the Department) is an administrative unit established pursuant to the Public Sector Act 2009, and is responsible to the Minister for Education and Child Development (the Minister).

The Department administers certain activities on behalf of the Minister, including making payments of State and Commonwealth Government contributions to non-government schools. Details of the Department’s functions are contained in note 1 of the financial report.

Financial statistics
Net assets: $3719 million
Net cost of providing services: $2542 million
Total revenues from SA Government: $2610 million
Total comprehensive result: $86 million
Number of FTEs: 23 551
Number of school and pre-school sites: 933

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Ineffective review of key payroll reports and absence of appropriate documentation to support some payroll payments
  • Vendor creation/amendment forms not reviewed for expenditure
  • Control weaknesses for Families SA expenditure regarding carer payments, care and protection grant payments and alternative care payments
  • Weaknesses in online banking controls for Family Day Care expenditure and ineffective review of changes to Family Day Care vendor files
  • Controls for the main Shared Services SA payroll systems did not meet a generally satisfactory standard