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Flinders University of South Australia

Functional responsibility

The Flinders University of South Australia (the University) is established by The Flinders University of South Australia Act 1966.

The functions of the University include establishing and providing educational facilities and courses of study at a university standard, and generally disseminating knowledge and promoting scholarship.

Financial statistics
Net result: $12 million
Australian Government financial assistance: $317 million
Number of FTEs: 2 071
Number of students (EFTSLs): 16 455

Significant events and transactions
  • In late 2014 the University completed construction of a $112 million building at its Tonsley Park campus.
  • In November 2014 the University commenced construction of a $63 million New Plaza Redevelopment and Student Hub, due to be opened in semester 1, 2016.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • No probity plan for major infrastructure projects
  • Procedural improvements necessary for conflicts of interest declarations
  • Missing leave forms may result in overpayments of leave
  • Supervisor review of payroll payments not sufficiently regular
  • Inadequate review of casual academic pay information
  • Documentation demonstrating review of international recruitment agents requires improvement
  • Criteria for granting and approving fee waivers not formalised
  • Inadequate review over student system access