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Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Functional responsibility

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) is an administrative unit established under the Public Sector Act 2009, and is responsible to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation and the Minister for Water and the River Murray.

DEWNR leads the management of South Australia’s natural resources to ensure the protection of the environment and that healthy and productive natural resources sustain wellbeing and the economy.

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $141.6 million
Total appropriation: $141.7 million
Employee benefits expense: $147.7 million
Property, plant and equipment: $512 million
Number of FTEs: 1580.4

Significant events and transactions
Transfer of assets to Botanic Gardens: $10.3 million

Financial statement opinion

Key issue:

  • Qualification of administered financial statements – valuation of unallotted Crown land

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Age and large number of reconciling items on the bank reconciliation
  • Absence of review and certification of payroll bona fide reports
  • Ineffective review of expenditure financial authorisations and vendor masterfile
  • Split purchase card transactions and lack of supporting documentation
  • Controls for the Shared Services SA main payroll system did not meet a generally satisfactory standard