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SA Ambulance Service Inc

Functional responsibility

The SA Ambulance Service Inc (SAAS) is an incorporated association under the Health Care Act 2008.

SAAS is the principal provider of ambulance services in South Australia. SAAS delivers:

  • out of hospital emergency care and transport
  • non-emergency patient care and transport
  • emergency and major event management
  • medical retrieval services.

Under the Health Care Act 2008 the Chief Executive, Department for Health and Ageing assumes direct responsibility for the administration of incorporated hospitals. This includes the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer of SAAS. The Chief Executive, Department for Health and Ageing cannot give a direction concerning the clinical treatment of a particular person.

Financial statistics
Total expenses: $242 million
Net cost of providing services: $125 million
Revenues from SA Government: $127 million
Employee benefits liability and related on-costs: $74.9 million
Workers compensation liability: $7.4 million
Number of FTEs: 1219

Significant events and transactions

The Chief Executive, Department for Health and Ageing approved the transfer of four Financial Business Advisory and Hospital Based Revenue Services employees within finance to SAAS effective 1 June 2015.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Review of Basware system access (including delegations) requires improvement
  • Lack of clarity regarding responsibility for the maintenance of the supplier masterfile
  • Sundry invoices raised not independently reviewed