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Department of State Development

Functional responsibility

The Department of State Development (DSD or the Department) is an administrative unit established under the Public Sector Act 2009.

The main function of the Department is to drive economic growth and create jobs while supporting South Australia’s economic transformation.

Details of the Department’s objectives are contained in note 1 of the financial report.

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $650 million
Total appropriation: $687 million
Vocational Education Training funding: $241 million
Grants and subsidies: $289 million
Administered royalties: $237 million
Number of FTEs: 990.8

Significant events and transactions
  • DSD was formed on 1 July 2014, combining the former Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy and the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, as well as a number of other elements from other government agencies.
  • A new program called WorkReady for training, employment and skills activity and investment replaces Skills for All from 1 July 2015.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Control weakness in processes for Skills for All expenditure
  • Control deficiencies in Skills for All systems
  • Key payroll reports not being reviewed on a timely basis
  • Purchase orders were not always used when required
  • Review of special delegations not timely and delegations not updated on a timely basis
  • Purchase card payments not consistent with DSD policy
  • Amendments to TAFE SA funding arrangements not approved by the Chief Executive of DSD
  • Controls for the Shared Services SA main payroll system did not meet a generally satisfactory standard