Auditor-General's Department South Australia Logo

Department for Health and Ageing

Functional responsibility

The Department for Health and Ageing (the Department) is an administrative unit established pursuant to the Public Sector Act 2009.

The Department is a funder or service purchaser of health services, policy setter and strategic planner and provider of services. Note 1 of the financial report provides details regarding the Department’s objectives.

The Department is charged with broad ranging policy and administrative responsibilities associated with health. One of the functions delegated to the Chief Executive of the Department under the Health Care Act 2008 is to ensure that there is proper allocation and use of resources between health regions and health services incorporated under the Health Care Act 2008.

Financial statistics
Total expenses: $4741 million
Net cost of providing services: $3132 million
Total appropriation: $3191 million
Employee benefits liability and related on-costs: $60 million
Workers compensation liability: $2.6 million
Number of FTEs: 2096

Significant events and transactions
  • Consolidated financial statements prepared for the Department, local health networks (LHNs) and the SA Ambulance Service Inc (SAAS) in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards.
  • The Chief Executive, Department for Health and Ageing approved the transfer of 175 Financial Business Advisory and Hospital Based Revenue Services employees within finance to the LHNs and SAAS effective 1 June 2015.
  • During the year the rollout of the One Procurement Solution was finalised across all LHNs and SAAS resulting in all accounts payable transactions now being processed to a single payable platform (Basware).

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Review of Basware system access (including delegations) requires improvement
  • Lack of clarity regarding responsibility for the maintenance of the supplier masterfile
  • Sundry invoices raised not independently reviewed