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Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Functional responsibility

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet (the Department) is an administrative unit established pursuant to the Public Sector Act 2009.

The Department’s responsibilities include providing specialist policy advice, supporting Cabinet, leading implementation of the Government’s strategic priorities and providing a range of other government services. Details are contained in notes 1 and 5 of the financial report.

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $92.2 million
Total appropriation: $93.4 million
Number of FTEs: 1538.64

Significant events and transactions
  • The Department is undergoing a significant restructure of its operations.
  • A number of business units including Arts SA, SafeWork SA and the Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division transferred out of the Department.
  • The Agent-General’s residence in the United Kingdom was sold and net proceeds of $5.5 million paid to the Consolidated Account.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Basware user access reviews were not performed in a timely manner
  • Financial delegations were not updated in Basware
  • Requested user access changes were not actioned
  • No policy in place for the review and certification of payroll reports
  • Review of payroll reports by pay point managers was ineffective
  • Certification of purchase card purchases by cardholders was not performed in a timely manner
  • No or inadequate documentation to support purchase card transactions
  • Purchase cards were used to purchase items not permitted by the Department
  • No formal legislative compliance framework in place