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Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Functional responsibility

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (the Department or PIRSA) is an administrative unit established under the Public Sector Act 2009.

The Department’s main responsibilities include implementing and coordinating the State’s economic priority for premium food and wine. PIRSA also has a lead role coordinating and delivering regional development initiatives across government.

For more information about the Department’s role and objectives refer note 1 of the financial report.

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $86 million
Total appropriation: $94 million
Total property, plant and equipment: $98 million
Number of FTEs: 877.5

Significant events and transactions
  • $48.5 million revenue recognised from the Commonwealth for the South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS).
  • $41.4 million paid in grants in relation to SARMS.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • The need to update divisional risk registers and enhance the strategic risk register
  • Inconsistent practices in the review of key payroll reports
  • Inconsistent processes to update operational risk registers
  • User access to PIRSA systems (SIS and PIIMS) was not reviewed on a regular basis
  • Controls for the Shared Services SA main payroll system did not meet a generally satisfactory standard